Southampton will be looking to halt a four-game losing run this weekend when they take on Leeds United.
Che Adams believes this weekend is set up perfectly for Southampton to bring the feel-good factor back to St Mary’s. Southampton started their Championship campaign strongly under Russell Martin, but their form has tailed off dramatically in September losing all four games to slip down the league ladder.
The 5-0 defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light certainly set alarm bells ringing on the south coast and since then the Saints have lost 4-1 to Leicester City, 1-0 to Ipswich Town and 2-1 away at strugglers Middlesbrough, with Michael Carrick’s side picking up their first win of the season. As such, Southampton will be looking to buck their run of defeats and end a difficult month on a high by seeing off Leeds United on home soil.
Leeds are flying high in confidence at present and arrive in Hampshire looking to extend their six-game unbeaten run under Daniel Farke and continue their rise towards the top of the table with promotion very much the target this season. Form ensures Leeds are the slight favourites with the bookmakers this weekend, too.
However, Adams, who has three league goals to his name this season, sees this weekend’s fixture as an opportunity to turn things around with a strong showing against the Whites.
“It has been difficult suffering a few heavy defeats but I don’t think that’s taken away from the character in the squad,” Adams said. “I think we’ve handled it well.
“The Middlesbrough game and the Ipswich game we should have at least taken a point. Positives to build on, it’s just sticking with it because it is going to be a long, long season. We’ve still got big teams to play and there’s no better team to play against at home at 12:30 on Saturday.
“I’ve played in the Championship for a few seasons, you just have to be resilient because it’s a long season. Grinding out fixtures and matches, there’s so many games, thick and fast, when you lose one you want the next one to come around quickly.
“It’s a matter of sticking with us and coming through the hard bits because once we do it will be so nice and everyone will enjoy it.”
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