Clean sheet delights Stephens

By SFC Media Sun 12 Feb Sunderland vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Jack Stephens

Jack Stephens felt Southampton’s clean sheet against Sunderland came courtesy of a “massive performance” from the whole team.

Saints recorded a clean sheet, and scored four goals at the other end, to seal an impressive three points against the Black Cats, who had won by the same scoreline at Crystal Palace a week previous.

Stephens partnered Maya Yoshida at the heart of the defence for the third Premier League game in a row, and was delighted with the shutout.

“That was the aim for Maya and I,” the central defender told after Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light.

“We said before the game that we needed the clean sheet and the whole team played their part in us getting it.

“From the front players right through to Fraser, it was a massive performance from the boys.

“A clean sheet and four goals away from home – there’s not much more you can ask for really.”

At the other end, Manolo Gabbiadini netted twice to take his tally to three goals in two games for Saints, and Stephens was full of praise for the striker.

“It’s been a great start for him and hopefully he will carry on that form,” he added.

“You can’t argue with what he has done so far.

“The second goal came at a really good time, just before the break. I would imagine it really put Sunderland on the back foot.

“The timing more than anything was important, but it was a fantastic goal.”

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