ORIOL Romeu has hailed Saints’ defence as “perfect” after a sixth successive clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Swansea.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster is yet to concede since his comeback from long-term injury and his defence look impenetrable.
If Forster and co can keep another shutout against Chelsea a week Saturday, they will have matched Paul Jones’ club record of seven consecutive games without conceding.
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The Spanish midfielder believes Forster’s impact has been paramount in their upturn in form, but wanted the whole team’s efforts to be recognised.
"He's very good. Fraser deserves all the compliments, but also the defensive line, the midfield line, the offensive line, it's teamwork and I think we are doing a very good job,” Romeu said.
“Fraser has saved us many times, but I think the three at the back they have been perfect, in the crosses, in every one-v-one.
“The team performance defensively has been perfect in the last games and that's why we are keeping those clean sheets.
"Of course, I think Fraser is one of the best in the league for sure and even in Europe, so we'll see how he ends up the season, but he's doing a very good job.”
Romeu came into the Saints side for the suspended Victor Wanyama, who served the first of a five-match ban at the Liberty Stadium.
The 24-year-old felt the victory at the struggling Swans was a proud moment as Saints made it six games unbeaten.
“It was a very important win. It was a battle, it was a tough game,” he said. “We did well scoring that goal, Shane Long getting that header into the net, so very happy, three very important points and another clean sheet.
“Even more the way we defended, the way we played, I think we were very solid all game, and the last five or six games has been the same.
“We have that mentality, that team shape, so it's very good to keep doing this. We are very happy and very proud of our team.”