Tuesday 23 January 2018

Nathan Redmond acknowledges Southampton need to make a better start

Nathan Redmond grabbed a debut goal to earn Southampton a point against Watford
Nathan Redmond grabbed a debut goal to earn Southampton a point against Watford

Nathan Redmond admits Southampton need to cut out the slow starts this season.

Saints opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Watford after Redmond's debut goal cancelled out Etienne Capoue's early strike in Saturday's Premier League opener on the south coast.

Like his team-mates, the former Norwich winger endured a quiet first half, but he capped a dynamic second-half display with a fine volley to secure a point.

Next up for Claude Puel's side is a trip to Manchester United on Friday evening and Redmond knows they will have to raise their game from the off.

"We want to get off to a good start obviously, as every team does. But we started sloppy in the first half," he said.

"For the second half we upped our game. It was important to get the first goal and get back into it. We didn't get the second goal, but we showed great spirit to get back. On another day we might have won it.

"I would have been delighted with three points first and foremost but it's a nice feeling to score my first goal.

"At half-time the manager just said that the first half had gone and to go out there and play with pride to get back into it.

"We did that, but we need to start better in our game next Friday."

While Redmond impressed for Southampton, Watford's star performer was midfielder Capoue who grabbed his first goal for the club with a clinical ninth-minute strike.

Head coach Walter Mazzarri, who like Puel was taking charge for the first time, said: " Capoue did very good. None of my players at the moment have a full 90 minutes in their legs.

"He especially was not feeling very good after the last friendly, but he gave a very good performance."

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