Bertrand: We'll keep improving

By SFC Media Mon 19 Sep Saints vs Swansea

Ryan Bertrand has praised the multitude of attacking options Southampton possess after the 1-0 win over Swansea City at St Mary’s.

Charlie Austin netted his third goal in the space of a week to earn a first Premier League victory.

Saints also defended stoutly to keep Swansea at bay to earn their first clean sheet of the season, and Bertrand is happy that the Claude Puel has implemented are starting to bare fruit.

He said: “It takes time with changes. The boys are really digging in and listening and trying to implement what the manager wants in matches.

“The last couple of games you’ve seen the impact Charlie has had. In other games, other players come to the fore, but we’re good in terms of attacking options and we have a good mentality.

“The win will lift spirits all round, but we won’t be getting carried away. It’s a long season. 

“We can still improve so much more as a team. We’ve got to keep working hard.”

Puel’s men have now kept consecutive clean sheets in two different competitions, with the 27 year-old full-back playing his part in the latter.

And having returned from a knee injury that saw him miss the season’s curtain raiser against Watford, he is feeling good.

“I’m alright. There is no pain anymore and we’re managing it well with the medical team. 

“I have to be a little bit smart with my performances at the moment, but it’ll only be a matter of time before I’m back at it full steam.”