Saints Targett European football

Southampton defender Matt Targett admits his confidence has improved this season, and insists Southampton are up to the task of fighting for European qualification.

Targett has become a regular in Ronald Koeman’s first-team this season, and he believes the faith the Dutchman has shown in him has helped to improve him as a player.

“I think just having a good run of games has helped me. I’ve grown into the position, got more confident game by game and now I feel comfortable playing at this level,” Targett told the club’s official website.

“I think when we play 3-5-2, it gives me the licence to get forward much more. I’ve got to provide the width on the left-hand side and be an attacking threat. It hasn’t been too different, because normally I play left-back.

“It’s just a bit more defending when you’re at left-back, like it was at Stoke.”

The England U21 international concedes it will be a hard task to get back into Europe, especially as they are battling it out alongside Manchester United, Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham, but insists they certainly won’t give up the chase.

“I think our main target was to get back into Europe. I think we’ve got to take it game by game, each one as it comes,” he added. “We’ve got to fight like hell from now until the end of the season and hopefully we can get into Europe again.”