Vestergaard content with Saints haul

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Defender Jannik Vestergaard believes Southampton’s tough start to the Premier League season means their points return is “acceptable”.

Defender Jannik Vestergaard believes Southampton’s tough start to the Premier League season means their points return is “acceptable”.

The Saints sit 13th in the top-flight standings, with four points from as many games played, and are one of five clubs on that mark.

A disappointing opening 3-0 defeat at Burnley was followed by an encouraging 2-1 home loss to European champions Liverpool.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men then gained their first points of the season by winning the south-coast derby with Brighton 2-0 at the Amex, while they drew 1-1 with Manchester United at home just prior to the international break.

Vestergaard, who has played in every minute of Southampton’s 2019-20 Premier League campaign to date and scored against the Red Devils, sees grounds for optimism, even suggesting they could have taken something from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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“There’s been one bad game and four decent games,” he told the Daily Echo. “Given the teams we’ve played, Liverpool and Manchester United are not games we’d expect to get a lot from.

“I think we could’ve gotten more from the Liverpool game, but maybe that’s just my wishful thinking.”

After flirting with relegation last term, the challenge for Southampton will be to ensure the fans do not have to endure a nail-biting finish to the season.

Getting a few more wins under their belt before Christmas will be paramount although former Borussia Monchengladbach stopper Vestergaard is happy with where they are right now.

“You’d always like more but given how we started the season, this is definitely acceptable,” he added.

A trip to Bramall Lane to face Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United is next on the agenda when league action resumes before another south-coast derby when Eddie Howe brings his Bournemouth side to St Mary’s on Friday, September 20.

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