Southampton’s Ryan Manning admits ‘poor performance’

DEFENSE Ryan Manning admits his first few months at the Saints were “tough” but he is now hoping to “improve” his performances.

Manning, who arrived from Swansea City in the summer, spent the first two months on the south coast living in a hotel.

On the pitch, the defender admits his early career at Southampton was difficult at times, but he now feels he is starting to get on the right track.

He told the club’s media team: “Six months have gone by quickly. It took a while at the beginning of the season before we could come to terms with it.

“We had a good run but fell off for about four games and then stayed unbeaten and tried to hold off the teams in front of us.”

“I think from a personal point of view I had some bad performances that forced the manager to change the squad, especially when people are knocking on the door to come in.”

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He continued: “It just shows that there is a norm in the team that you have to be there every week or you leave the team.”

“It will only make me and the rest of the guys on the team better players.”

Since joining the team, Manning has seen the atmosphere and positivity grow at Staplewood, thanks in large part to Southampton’s long unbeaten run.

“You can see the camaraderie between the guys, the staff and everything that happens on the training ground,” he continued.

“I feel like there is a real feel-good factor on the pitch and that will probably start to rub off on the pitch during Saturday’s performances.”

“The dynamics in football are huge, especially in the Championship because it is so ruthless.

“It was probably a character-building time for us as a team (the four-game losing streak). I think every team has its weaknesses.”

“I think everyone is starting to believe in what we can do, and I think the fans are behind it now too.”

Southampton currently sit third in the Championship, three points behind second-placed Ipswich Town.

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While Manning admits he’d rather be at the top of the league, he notes the Saints can only focus on themselves and hope the teams around them make mistakes.

“We’re just hoping that the pressure to stay unbeaten (the top teams) might be enough to upset them.”

“They’ve done well this season so maybe that won’t happen, but I don’t think as a group we can do much more than what we’re doing.”

In an interview with the Daily Echo earlier this season, Manning explained how he hoped to improve his attacking performance from the previous season.

He scored five goals and provided 10 assists in a Swansea shirt last season but has only provided two assists for Southampton so far.

In his last two matches, Manning has created nine chances (four against Plymouth and five against Norwich City) – more than any other player.

The Ireland international still has plenty of time to improve his performance, which he intends to do, but he also admits he doesn’t care who scores or provides assists as long as Saints win games.

“I just hope to get better, improve my game and put some numbers together to help the team and show the fans more of what I can do.”

“If we do even better in the second half of the season than we did in the first, then hopefully we will be in the top two in May.”

Author: George Rees-Julian
Source: Daily Echo

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