Ryan Bertrand wants Southampton to carry their momentum into Sunday’s game at AFC Bournemouth as they seek a third Premier League match undefeated.
Following a win over Middlesbrough and a goalless draw at Stoke, Saints have made a solid start to their week of matches, but a win at Vitality Stadium would make it an even better return for Claude Puel’s men.
Bertrand played in last season’s 2-0 reverse against Bournemouth, and says the current Saints side will head to Dorset with confidence from successive clean sheets.
“We had a difficult time (last season) and there’s a bit of a rivalry, but we’ll dust ourselves down from tonight (at Stoke) and take full confidence from the last two games to take it into that one,” he explained.
“We have to respect them but we’ll just go about our business as normal and go there looking to upset them for the three points.”
A win would see Saints take a return of seven points from three matches going into Christmas, and Bertrand says that would give the team a platform to build from before the New Year.
“You’d take that,” he said. “Go there, get a good win and we’ve had a good period so far.”