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Fonte hails Saints recovery

Southampton's Jose Fonte has praised his side for their recovery from the shock of conceding a freak early goal at Stoke.

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Jose Fonte: Southampton defender praised spirit against Stoke

Jose Fonte: Southampton defender praised spirit against Stoke

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The Saints were behind after just 13 seconds at the Britannia Stadium when a clearance from home goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was caught by a gust of wind and bounced over opposite number Artur Boruc.

However Mauricio Pochettino's high-flyers shook off the setback and drew level through striker Jay Rodriguez before half-time.

Southampton eventually earned a point to extend their unbeaten run to seven games, and Fonte felt his side showed commendable spirit in light of the unusual early goal.

"It was a very strange start to the game," said the defender. "We were in the huddle just before kick-off saying, 'Come on, if we can keep a clean sheet today...' and 30 seconds later we were losing 1-0.

"It was obviously a bit of a shock but I think we showed tremendous character. We did discuss before the game that we would play with the wind behind us if we won the toss.

"We are a little bit disappointed with some of the decisions, especially the handball near the end. We felt it was a clear penalty.

"Having said that we could have been in real trouble if Shawcross had scored just after their goal. It was a good chance.

"We got away with it, maybe we deserved that after their goal."

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