Date: 2nd January 2016 at 11:19am
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Skipper Jose Fonte has said that despite recent hiccups in results, he feels Southampton can look back very positively on the year of 2015.

With last season seeing a good solid, highest ever Premier League finish that resulted in a short European adventure for the first time since 2003, things have been a little bit more difficult so far in 2015-16 but Fonte felt there were enough positives for everyone to be hopeful for a good second half of the campaign.

Speaking to saintsfc ahead of the Norwich game as he reviewed the past twelve months, Fonte explained.

‘I think the year was positive – we achieved our highest position in the Premier League ever, so we had a positive year I think. Hopefully 2016 will be even better. We had some spectacular wins – Manchester United away and Chelsea win in this year`s competition. We had many great wins and we can savour and remember them. There`s still a lot to achieve and there`s still more wins we need to get.’

With plenty of hope for what the team can still achieve when we click in both boxes coming on Boxing Day in the four nil win against Arsenal, Fonte went on to say that had been a big boost for everyone following recent disappointments and he was of course delighted to have scored himself on the day.

The 32 year old explained it was in some ways a result that made an already special December perfect for him – although obviously West Ham was then a disappointment.

‘December is a busy month for me. I had the birth of my daughter, my birthday, my wedding anniversary and then I scored on Boxing Day. It was pretty special, but above all I was glad we managed to get a good win and put in a very good performance. It was a really good Christmas for me.’

Ending 2015 with West Ham and a defeat on his 250th appearance for the club.

‘I would have liked to mark it with a win and a good performance, but it wasn`t meant to be. 250 appearances is something to be proud of – another 250 is the target. We had a great first half and should have gone two or three up. The second half they got lucky with the first goal and unfortunately we weren`t able to get the win. Even after the second goal the team reacted well. West Ham are a good team – we need to take the positives and approach Norwich well on Saturday to take the win.’

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