Puel: We must show our progress on the pitch

By SFC Media time Thu 25 Aug Manager Interview

Claude Puel says it’s important Southampton show the progress they are making on the pitch against Sunderland AFC on Saturday.

Puel has been happy with many aspects of Saints’ opening two games of the season, but has called for more efficiency in front of goal against the Black Cats this weekend.

The Saints boss has been happy with the work of his team on the training ground following the defeat to Manchester United, but says it’s vital they show it against David Moyes’s side.

“It’s an important game just before the international break. I think it’s a shame for the moment that my players haven’t been rewarded," he told saintsfc.co.uk.

“There were many good situations in the two games, but now it’s important to find the efficiency and to score to give confidence for all the players.

“I know that we have made good progress this week, but after all of this it’s now important to show this on the pitch and to continue.

“We will not be perfect against Sunderland, but it’s important to compensate for this with good character and by being strong in defence and attack.

“It will be a difficult game, because it’s a team with character and a good defensive line.

“It will be tough to find space, but it’s our job and our work to find solutions. We have worked all week for this.”

And Puel wants Saints to head into the international break with spirits lifted. “I would like my players to be rewarded for all their work, and with the support of our fans, we can find success to leave the game happy.”

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