ALAN PARDEW says he can sense Saints are close to getting a first league win of the season that he believes can spark a run of victories.
The creditable 1-1 draw at Charlton has given Saints a growing sense of confidence and a good platform to build from ahead of this weekend's home clash with Yeovil.
However, though Saints have only lost two of their first seven League One fixtures, and have drawn their last four, they are still searching for a first victory.
For the sake of the nerves of the fans and the players it is important that it comes at St Mary’s on Saturday and kickstarts what seems to be a spate of wins waiting to happen.
Pardew said: “I do sense it’s almost there.
“It is a great platform if we win on Saturday against Yeovil.
“The people at all four games so far will have seen there is enough talent here to go on a run and enough discipline being installed.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t got that win and, until we get that, we will play with a bit of pressure.
“I felt when Charlton scored on Saturday, the pressure came back on us again and affected us.
“I’m afraid if you can’t get into winning mode it’s hard, and we could look a very good side if we get that.
“At the moment we look a decent side that just loses its confidence because of a lack of a win now and again.”
Having been able to add Radhi Jaidi and Papa Waigo to the bench at Charlton, Pardew is now happy with the strength in depth of his squad.