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Defender Fonte wants Southampton to play themselves out of trouble

Southampton's Jose Fonte claims the south-coast club will not sacrifice their attractive style in search of victory. Saints are a place, and three points, better off than opponents Reading and know that victory could propel them out of the drop zone.

"It is a massive game for both of us," the Portuguese defender said.

"We are aware of the pressure.

"It is going to be an energetic game, tough for both of us, but we look forward to it.

"We have been preparing ourselves very well this week and we have our game plan and we will try and win the game on Saturday.

"It is a lot of pressure [in these kind of games]. You have to try and stay calm and know your game plan well, know your job.

"You know what you have to do and as a team, work hard to get the better of them. It is as simple as that."

"The attitude has to be 100 per cent but our philosophy is to play attractive football, to play a passing game," he added.

"That's what we've been doing for the last three years. We have to do continue that. That's what we train every week to do.

"The players that we have they like to dribble, they like to pass it around and create chances like that, although we always have the option of going direct to Rickie Lambert, which is a great way out for us.

"But we like to play attractive football, as I said, and pass it around so we will try and do that."

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