Fraser Forster looks to beat Saints clean-sheet record

The England international looks set to break the 15 year record.

Fraser Forster looks to beat Saints clean-sheet record
Forster has been brilliant recently (photo: getty)

Southampton are just one game away from equalling their Premier League clean-sheet record. They come up against Chelsea at 3pm on Saturday and the record is sure to be under scrutiny in this one, as Fraser Forster looks to break it.

Jones the stopper in 2001

Back into 2001 when the current record was achieved it was Paul Jones who was in goal for Southampton as the side secured five wins and two draws in the run.

Fraser Forster moved even closer to record after victories over Watford, West Brom, Manchester Utd, West Ham and Swansea City, aswell as a goalless draw against Arsenal.

The record can be achieved against AFC Bournemouth if Ronald Koeman's men can keep the door shut against the newly-promoted side.

The record was started on New Year’s Day back in 2001, whereas this year it was started on the 17th January against Watford at St Mary's Stadium.

Jones' thoughts on possible record

The current record holder of the award, Jones has been giving his thoughts on how big an achievement it would be.

“If it happens it would be brilliant, the boys totally deserve it" Jones said.

"To be fair to Frase, to come back from the injury he had and to be out for ten months, he’s been fantastic”, he continued.

Four ever presents

Throughout this run there have been four players in the back-line who have played in every single minute; Forster, Jose Fonte, Virgil Van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand.

Both Cedric Soares and Matt Targett have played vital roles in the run, as the pair have become more wing-backs under the new 3-5-2 system.

The consistency which the back three have shown in this run is phenomenal, particularly as Bertrand is normally a left-back and he has slotted in perfectly.

The change of system has been one of the contributing factors as to why this run has occurred as it's made the side much more defensively solid.

Bertrand pictured in action during the most recent clean sheet, a 1-0 win against Swansea (photo: getty)
Bertrand pictured in action during the most recent clean sheet, a 1-0 win against Swansea (photo: getty)