Captain Fonte pleased with Southampton's return to winning ways

The Saints swept aside a lacklustre Newcastle side as they dismissed the memory of their 1-0 loss to league leaders Leicester last week.

Captain Fonte pleased with Southampton's return to winning ways
Jose Fonte and his team celebrate after Shane Long opened the scoring at Newcastle. (Photo: Reuters)

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has expressed his delight at his side's return to winning ways last Saturday as they continue their push for European football.

Ronald Koeman’s men beat struggling Newcastle United 3-1 at St Marys and the Saints centre-back praised the performance of his teammates.

Captain pleased with victory

It was a good first-half performance. It’s good to get the three points,” Fonte told reporters at St Mary’s.

The Portugal international said that the team were "comfortable and focused" in the game, and he also believes nothing could be done about the strike from Andros Townsend.

It’s always disappointing not to get the clean sheets, but it’s a good goal from them,” he said.

The 32-year-old highlighted the "good intensity" in the first half too, but claims the team lacked the same attitude in the second period.

Rafael Benitez and the Magpies are in need of a win this weekend as they welcome Swansea City to St James’ Park, and Fonte believes the fact that the relegated-threatened side are desperate for vital points played a part in helping the Saints' to victory.

They needed to get points and to get points you need to score goals, but when you go away from home you are too offensive,” he explained, satisfied by the way the South Coast side exploited the open game.

Fonte described Saturday as "a good win and a good three points," but is already focused on the next one.  

Fonte was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, but couldn't ignore the quality of Townsend's consolation strike for Newcastle. (Photo: Getty)
Fonte was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet, but couldn't ignore the quality of Townsend's consolation strike for Newcastle. (Photo: Getty)

Tricky trip to face the Toffees

Next up for the Saints is a tricky trip to Goodison Park, however Everton have been extremely under par this season and manager Roberto Martinez remains under intense pressure.

Someone who could feature in that game is Jay Rodriguez, the forward making his return at the weekend after six months out with a foot injury.

Fonte was pleased to see him back too, and is excited about what he can offer even at this stage of the season.

We all want to see Jay back to his best," he said. "Hopefully now he will kick on and show everyone what a great player he is."