Cork: Southampton's team spirit will improve performances

The former Chelsea midfielder believes Saints' recent bonding sessions will aid their survival bid, and pointed to the improved display against Swansea as proof

Southampton midfielder Jack Cork believes that the team spirit within the squad will help improve the club’s fortunes on the field following Saints’ subdued start to the Premier League season.

The newly promoted side are currently second from bottom after 11 games, picking up just one win in the process.

However, following Saturday’s  1-1 draw with Swansea, the former Chelsea midfielder was upbeat about Southampton’s prospects this term and put the performance down to a successful team bonding session last week.

“We went to a hotel about an hour away.” Cork told the Daily Star. “We had a bit of training at Aldershot on the first day. Then we went clay pigeon shooting and had a bit of team bonding. Jason Puncheon must have cheated as he got the best score. But it was good for the lads to get our heads around it.

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"It gave us another chance to really think about tactics and get our heads really on the game, go back to our rooms and get our heads down.

"I've done clay pigeon before but not with such a lot of lads. All of the lads loved it. Emmanuel Mayuka  was last and he had to be [Puncheon’s] slave - he had to get his dinner for him and stuff like that.”

Cork, who made his first appearance in the Premier League for the Saints at the weekend, is aware of the need to start picking up points more regularly but feels there is no pressure on his side just yet.

He added: "We talked about it quite a lot over the last week or so. There's no pressure on us now, we just have to go out there and play how we know we can.

"We've had a great couple of years. This is one of those ones years when things aren't going our way. Now we'll find out what we're really made of and try to get the results going again.

"We had the winning mentality for the last two years, so there's no reason why we should just suddenly lose it.

"We're down at the bottom but I don't think there's any pressure on us at the minute. As long as we can keep playing well, hopefully that'll get us up the table."

Southampton face QPR next weekend as the bottom two come face-to-face for the first time this season.