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Kasey on Saints stint

Posted on 18 December 2004  - 12:00

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Kasey Keller reported that he very much enjoyed his one month loan stint with today's opponents Southampton.


The goalkeeper returned to Spurs Lodge last week following the return to fitness of Saints No.1 Antti Niemi as it was by special dispensation that the St Mary's outfit were able to recruit a loan stand-in.


Kasey featured in four games for the South Coast side, starting with the big local clash against fierce rivals Portsmouth, which they won by a 2-1 scoreline. He also turned out against Norwich, Crystal Palace and Manchester United and earned positive reviews for his contribution.


"It was a nice occasion against Portsmouth," recalled the USA international. "It was a little strange for me because I didn't officially sign until the Friday morning, played Saturday then left on Sunday to go with the national team.


"There was obviously a lot more hype than for a normal game - I've played for Millwall against West Ham and Spurs-Arsenal. It was a great occasion, we picked up the points and I was able to make a great save at the end to ensure that.


"It was good to be able to perform well in the time I was there, just unfortunate that we didn't pick up a few more points given the position they were in."


Since his departure, Saints have also drafted in a new manager in the shape of Harry Redknapp to replace Steve Wigley. Kasey admitted there was a sense that change was in the air during his spell and he reflected that individual errors cost the team dear over the season so far.


"There was a bit there. Steve Wigley is a really good guy, a very good coach and I had a lot of respect for him in the short time I was there. The players down there did as well and he will bounce back because he has so much ability.


"The real sort of question mark when I was there, and what I had seen from tapes beforehand, is that everyone was kind of taking turns in making a mistake that really hurt the team at inopportune times.


"It was just unfortunate they could not string together two or three performances. Even the other day against Middlesbrough an own goal cost them. You don't blame anybody, it is just unfortunate and then the confidence goes a bit and they concede a second.


"When you are down in that situation, as we found out last year, you need to string two or three wins together and Southampton easily have the talent to do that."