Puel: Fans deserve a response

By SFC Media Thu 02 Feb Saints vs West Ham
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel is hoping to give the fans a response they merit when Southampton face West Ham United on Saturday at St Mary’s.

Defeat to Swansea City on Tuesday at the Liberty Stadium denied Saints back-to-back Premier League wins.

And after a fine performance in their last home outing against Leicester, Puel says it is important that his side find consistency as soon as possible.

“It’s normal the fans are not happy. It’s the same for the squad and it is important to find regularity for this squad to do fantastic games, like the two legs against Liverpool or the game against Leicester.

“It’s important to have this stability and quality. It’s not enough for us in recent weeks and I agree with this.

“We have to work to find a stability and correct this."

Squad rotation has been essential at times with the club competing on a number of fronts in the current campaign.

But Puel moved to reiterate the fact that the Premier League is imperative in measuring his side’s success.

He added: “We’ve played a lot of games. It’s difficult for a young squad, but it’s not an excuse for us.

“All the games we can be fit with the rotation. It’s important now to give a good answer and to give our fans a good emotion.

“The final is a fantastic journey for this club, but the Premier League is most important.

“The Premier League show the real level of the team. It’s most important. We need to find a level.”

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