Beating Stoke felt better than 8-0 win v Sunderland - £10m Saints ace

Southampton's Fraser Forster says that the club's win over Stoke City was better than their 8-0 triumph over Sunderland.

Southampton's Fraser Forster says that beating Stoke City at the weekend felt even better than beating Sunderland 8-0.

Saints edged past Stoke in a close encounter, and Forster believes that picking up the three points in a match which was so competitive meant they felt more valuable than in the win against Sunderland. 

A Sadio Mane goal was the difference between the two sides on the day, and Forster was clearly delighted to have claimed the win.

“It was a completely different type of win," he said to the club's official site. "It feels better as we had to work so hard for it, it was a real grind at times, but to see the game out, another clean sheet and another win is brilliant for us.”

It is another result which has further confirmed the Saints' chances of making it into the top four this season. 

Although they may not have been at their best, they showed their ability to grind out the victory and these sort of wins will be important to the team as the season progresses.

There is no way that they can reach the standards they set against Sunderland every week, so this resilience will be crucial. 

Forster, a summer signing from Celtic, appears to have realised this, too, and he will have been delighted to collect a clean-sheet.

It was the English shot-stopper's fifth shut-out of the season already and he seems to have been another fine signing made by Ronald Koeman in what was a sensational transfer window for the side. 

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