Saints star: Koeman made us better at the back

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Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne believes that Ronald Koeman's experience as a defender has been a major reason behind their strong defence this season.

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne says that Ronald Koeman is working hard on the training ground to make sure that they remain solid this season.

The Saints have the best defence in England at this early stage of the campaign and Clyne believes that the experience former defender Koeman brings has helped the side. 

The full-back says that the Dutchman is working hard to make sure they are an organised unit and, at the moment, it is paying dividends. 

"He has shown his experience and passed it onto us," Clyne said to Southampton's official site. "We’re taking on board what he has to say to us and how he wants us to play. It seems to be working.

“I haven’t seen much of him [as a player]. I think I was too young to see him play, but I’ve seen some clips of him on YouTube and he was pretty good!

“We’re very happy with it. We work hard on our defensive shape in training and it shows during the games.

“We’re solid. We’re tough to beat. Hopefully it continues."

Southampton picked up their sixth clean-sheet of the Premier League season so far in a 1-0 win against Hull City. 

A miserly defence has formed the basis of their success this season, despite their attacking play getting most of the plaudits.

The team have stolen the headlines by scoring eight against Sunderland, but their solid foundation is providing the platform that the attacking players need to thrive and Clyne is clearly enjoying being part of such a successful unit.

The Saints are currently in second position in the table and talk is already starting to emerge of their potential to make it into the European places this season. 

This will be a tough ask, but certainly not an impossibility and if they continue to prove as tough to break down as they are currently then they should be in a lofty position in May. 

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