José Fonte says Southampton have put the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Stoke City behind them quickly, as they prepare for what he describes as a “massive game” on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur visit St Mary’s this weekend with the two sides locked in a battle for fifth, sixth and seventh in the table along with Liverpool and Fonte is well aware of the magnitude of the game.
On the back of frustration at the Britannia Stadium, Fonte says the players know what is at stake when Spurs visit, and want to right the wrongs of the loss to the Potters.
“We were extremely disappointed (to lose against Stoke City),” Fonte told reporters, “because I felt that we played the right game, we played good football – we just didn’t take the chances when we could.
“We’re kicking ourselves. That’s why we came into the half-time talk and we did the job in the first half, but we knew they would try something different in the second and they started with a lucky goal.
“We weren’t expecting to lose, but we need to pick ourselves up because there’s still five games to go, so we still have a lot to play for – you know, beat some records.
“Like I said there’s a lot to play for and we need to keep going, keep digging, because the Premier League is unpredictable and you never know.
“It’s a massive game next weekend. I don’t think we need to bring the spirits up, because it’s a massive game. We know what’s at stake, so we will forget the Stoke game and concentrate on the next one.
“We don’t need any extra motivation. The game itself is going to be a massive one. We need to move on quickly. Tottenham are close in the table and we want to finish above them.
“We are at home. For us as players it’s just another big game against a team that is next to us that we want to beat.”
Saints’ hopes of a late push for the final Champions League spot may have been dented by defeat to the Potters, but Fonte says it’s vital that the squad give everything to end the season on a high.
“Obviously, you need to put into perspective what we achieved so far. We had five or six new players,” Fonte continued. “The front line is completely new.
“We know what the expectations were in the beginning of the season, we are happy with the season we have had, but we want to finish on a high.
“Now that we are in this position we need to keep fighting to achieve the highest position possible. It’s a very difficult ask for the top four but while it’s still mathematically possible we need to keep fighting and winning games.”