London - Southampton manager Ronald Koeman believes good
organisation and an ability to remain compact are behind his side's excellent
form on their travels with the Saints yet to lose an away fixture this season.
The south coast side have won one and drawn four of their
away games this season and will look to remain unbeaten when they visit the
Stadium of Light to face second-from-bottom Sunderland on Saturday.
"First of all, I think we have a good organisation in
the team," Koeman said at his pre-match news conference.
"We are strong defending, we are very strong in
defending set pieces and we have people in front who can score and who can
create chances to win the game, but I think in all the away games every time
was very solid defensive organisation.
"The confidence is very good in the team and, of
course, it's a help that you see that you still are unbeaten but you have to
fight, you have to work hard for that, to keep that performance away."
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Sunderland were beaten 6-2 by Everton last weekend and
Koeman knows that Sam Allardyce's men will be looking for a positive response
to that humiliation.
"We know that Sunderland is struggling, it's
difficult," the Dutchman added.
"They had a big loss last week and they will react.
They play at home, they need points and for them it's a difficult situation and
that's sometimes for an opponent a dangerous one."
Meanwhile, Koeman has been buoyed by the news that goalkeeper
Fraser Forster is recovering well after undergoing knee surgery in March and
could return to action by the end of the year.
"He's doing very good. Everything is going to plan, it
is fast. I don't say he will be back in four weeks but it's going good,"
"He worked very hard and is already training with
(goalkeeping coach) Dave Watson and that's real goalkeeper sessions.
"Fraser is a great goalkeeper. We need him tomorrow,
not in the future. We need everybody," the manager said.For
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