Fonte wants shut-outs over goals
Jose Fonte may have scored a brace to earn Southampton a point against Fulham on Sunday but he would swap his goals for a clean sheet.
The Portuguese defender's headers book-ended an own goal by defensive partner Jos Hooiveld and a late effort from substitute Kieran Richardson at St Mary's. Fonte's goal at the death was enough to secure a point for Saints, but his overriding feeling was one of frustration after they let slip a comfortable-looking lead to draw 2-2.
Nigel Adkins' side have now shipped 20 goals - a Premier League high - and centre-back Fonte has had enough.
"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," he said. "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."