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Jose Fonte is concerned with Southampton's inability to keep a clean sheet

Jose Fonte: We have to defend as a team

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Southampton's Jose Fonte has admitted he is more concerned with a lack of a clean sheet than the two goals he scored in the 2-2 draw with Fulham.

Nigel Adkins' side have now shipped 20 goals in seven league fixtures and have only kept one clean sheet - in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday.

"I am obviously very happy to score my first Premier League goals, but it is mixed emotions because I prefer to keep a clean sheet," said Fonte.

"I am a defender and every defender is very disappointed with this.

"I know it is not only the defenders that are to blame, but as a team have to defend better and stop this.

"Other games, not just against Fulham, we have been comfortable and then there is a period in the game that we concede one or two goals.

"That has to stop and we will work very hard on the training ground to once and for all start getting some clean sheets.

"We are very upset with it because last year we had one of the best defences in the league.

"I know it is the Premier League but if you look at the goals we are conceding it does not matter if it is the Premier League or Championship. It is basic mistakes."