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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Graziano Pelle confident Southampton will improve

Graziano Pelle wants Southampton to forget their poor start to the season
Graziano Pelle wants Southampton to forget their poor start to the season

Graziano Pelle insists Southampton must move on from their indifferent start to the season, beginning against Norwich on Sunday.

Ronald Koeman's men are without a win in their opening three Barclays Premier League fixtures and were knocked out of the Europa League at the play-off stage after defeat to Danish champions FC Midtjylland on Thursday.

Add to that a number of injuries to key personnel and constant transfer speculation surrounding Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane and it has been a difficult start to the campaign for the south coast club.

However, Pelle says the players remain united and is optimistic they can put their European disappointment behind them with victory over Norwich at St Mary's.

"We have an amazing group," said the Italian forward.

"We don't have a problem with each other. Football is a lot about confidence. When the result doesn't come everything looks like it is not your moment.

"We can't any more think about what has happened. Of course we have to look at the game to improve, but now there is a new season.

"We need to work hard to again, try to get the same things we did last season. We will do our best and we will be sure that we will have better moments."

Pelle, who has three goals to his name this season, has also called for Saints fans to stick with the team, with the Italy international keen to meet their expectations.

"The fans have been supporting the club for a lifetime," he added.

"They, of course, are free to think many things. We have to give them back the feeling that we can have positive moments

"They always show us a lot of love and patience. The club has improved a lot because of the great supporters. Together we can go one way to win the game and be back.

"Norwich come to play in St Mary's and we are sure it's going to be tough to beat us, but we have to show it. No words, just working hard to get the best result."

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