Shane Long believes opposition teams are showing Southampton more respect this season.
Saints have struggled to find their form in front of goal so far this term, scoring just 14 goals in their 16 Premier League games so far.
They head to Bournemouth on Sunday knowing a win would keep them in the top half of the table heading into Christmas, despite their troubles in front of goal.
For Long, who is desperate to grab his first goal of the campaign, three points would leave Saints in a good position heading into a busy festive period.
“We’ve kept a lot of clean sheets, but we haven’t won enough games. We know we can do better,” Long said.
“We’ve set our standards high, and hopefully between now and the end of the season we can do better things.
“There are a number of games we look back on and wonder. Teams seem to respect us a bit more this season.
“If they open up against us we can cause them a lot of trouble. We’re working on it and we know we have the players to turn a game on its head.”
teams seem to respect us a bit more this season. we know we can do better.shane long
And Long knows if Saints can get themselves ahead in games it would see the opposition have to open up and attack.
“Teams are setting up against us to frustrate and we’re not breaking them down as we would like,” Long said.
“We have the players to do it, but it’s not really clicking. We’re keeping the clean sheets, but if we can get that first goal it will open up.
“We’re training hard, we’re confident in our ability and we’re confident results will come.”