Cape Town - Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse
believes the Saints' performance in the defeat to Manchester City was a step in
the right direction.
Ward-Prowse opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium and
Saints held the lead for nearly an hour before Sergio Aguero levelled matters
with 20 minutes to play.
Kyle Walker's late goal ensured the defending champions took
all three points as Southampton left empty handed, but Ward-Prowse felt there
were plenty of positives to take from the game regardless.
Saints were thrashed 9-0 at home by Leicester in their last
league outing and then went down 3-1 at City in the Carabao Cup.
Ward-Prowse says the manner of their display at City, with
Saints pushing the defending champions all the way, proves the squad remain
united and are heading in the right direction.
"All in all, it was a positive performance," the
midfielder told the club website.
"If we can do that against a strong Man City side,
that's the standard moving forward. That's what the manager (Ralph Hasenhuttl)
said - we've shown what we can do against a side like this, so going forward
now, every team should have problems with us."
Southampton are currently 18th on the log standings and
three points adrift of safety after the latest round of fixtures. The pressure
had been on boss Hasenhuttl after the big loss to the Foxes but that has now
eased after a strong performance at City.
Saints host Everton, the side immediately above then, in the
next round of Premier League games at St Mary's and also face bottom club
Watford before the end of the month.
Next month could be a key period for Southampton as they
face relegation rivals Norwich City, Newcastle United and Aston Villa, as well
as West Ham United, in a 17-day spell between December 4 and December 21.
- TeamTalk Media