Paul Jones hails Fraser Forster after comeback, backs him to break record

Forster could surpass Jones on two fronts in the next three games.

Former Southampton goalkeeper Paul Jones has hailed Fraser Forster on his return to the side from a knee which saw him endure a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and Jones is backing Forster to record for minutes without conceding a goal in the league.

Jones's clean sheet record in the Premier League is eight on the bounce with Forster currently on five, and in terms of minutes, Jones went 666 minutes without being beaten, while Forster has gone 543 minutes without conceding, having managed to keep five consecutive clean sheets since his return to the side, which has helped the club climb into seventh place in the Premier League table.

Jones is quoted in the Daily Echo, saying: “To come back from injury and keep five clean sheets is very special,” said Jones.

“He’s been a tremendous help to the team after a poor run. It’s just what you needed for him to come in and perform like that.

“It is no coincidence. He has great ability and commands the people in front of him. That’s a great base for a run like they’re on.

“The defence and goalkeeper are working as a unit well and have an understanding, with Forster able to communicate effectively with them. That’s a great base.”

The next two games see a trip to Swansea City before they host Chelsea at St Mary's, and a trip to Bournemouth which could see Forster claims Jones's records. 

The recent games have seen Southampton are hard to break down, and given their improvement in form that has coincided with it, it shows the importance that a solid defence and good goalkeeper has when it comes to Ronald Koeman's side succeeding. 

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