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Cédric: Togetherness has been key to positive form

Cédric trains ahead of Swansea City clash

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12:00 12th February 2016

Defender Cédric believes Southampton’s run of five clean sheets is down to the togetherness among the squad.

Saints have not conceded a league goal since Alexander Tettey fired home for Norwich City in the opening game of 2016 at Carrow Road.

Since then, Ronald Koeman’s men have kept Watford, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Arsenal and most recently West Ham United at bay.

Cédric, who has played in all five of those fixtures, was definitive in the factor he feels has been key to the team’s success.

“Team spirit, definitely,” the Portugal international told

“Sometimes you can do everything right tactically, but then because you are not with that strong team spirit, all together as one, it doesn’t happen.

“It’s normal in 90 minutes that some of the players, or all of the players, will have some bad decisions, that’s normal.

“But when you have that strong team spirit, how you show it is that when you make a mistake, your colleague is immediately there.”

And Cédric believes that has been the case for Saints in recent weeks – but the mistakes have gone unnoticed due to that togetherness.

“In the last few games it has been there. When someone has made a mistake someone is immediately there,” the former Sporting CP man added.

“You don’t even see the other guy has made an error.

“That’s the good thing about our team now. We have a very good and strong team spirit.

“I think it’s one of the key factors for success.”

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