Jose Fonte: 'We are full of confidence'

Southampton defender Jose Fonte believes that his side are full of confidence ahead of their clash with West Bromwich Albion despite their opening-day defeat to Liverpool.

Southampton defender Jose Fonte feels that his side took a lot of belief from their opening-day performance against Liverpool despite their narrow defeat.

Ronald Koeman's side put in an excellent display at Anfield and were left to rue several missed chances as they fell to a 2-1 loss when Daniel Sturridge netted a late winner for the Reds.

"I think it was important for our fans and for the pundits to see that last week's performance showed we can compete against anyone," Fonte told the club's official website.

"Although we didn't get any points, we gained a lot of confidence for our next few matches – that's important as well.

"We'd seen a few glimpses of the potential we have in pre-season, but when the first game is played and you put in a good performance, that's when you say 'wow, we have something special going on here'. Now it's time to transform that into points."

Southampton face West Bromwich Albion in their first home match of the season later today.

Jose Fonte of Southampton acknowledges the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on October 19, 2013
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