Jan Poortvliet senses his team are ‘in the mood’ ahead of their trip to Charlton.

Back-to-back away victories, including at high-flying Reading which has won the Saints head coach the LMA performance of the week award, have given Poortvliet’s young side a fearless streak on the road, even if things aren’t quite happening for them at St Mary’s.

The game at The Valley is a big one for both sides, with the Addicks in the relegation zone four points below Saints and under the leadership of former Saint Phil Parkinson who is in caretaker charge following Alan Pardew’s departure from the club.

It looks a on paper a chance for another awayday victory for Saints, who will be backed by around 2,000 travelling fans, and Poortvliet has been pleased with what he’s seen from his developing team over the past week.

He said: “I think we are in the mood.

“What you see in training and in games is the boys are looking to be stronger, to be more adult.

“I think they look like they believe in themselves more as a team and they work more as a team.

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