Date: 29th April 2015 at 7:00pm
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Midfielder James Ward-Prowse has said that Southampton won’t be treating Sunderland lightly this weekend even though we are going for a double over them.

Back in October, Southampton stunned the footballing world in many ways by backing up our extremely unexpected strong start to the season – two losses in nine games across all competitions, with six successive victories – with a thumping and extremely deserved eight nil victory.

Whilst JWP told saintsfc that we could obviously take a lot of confidence from the memory of that day, we are a team largely struggling to score now, and they have a new manager and are fighting for Premier League survival so this will be a completely different game.

‘Like Tottenham we`ll give them a lot of respect. We can`t just turn up and expect to win. They`re fighting for their lives and it`s going to be a very tough match and a battle, so we`ve got to make sure that we`re on top of our game. We`ve still got four games to go and they`re very big for us and we know that if we can play like we did on Saturday then we can beat anyone.’

Ward-Prowse went on to joke that in some ways given our trips to Wearside in recent times it’s become ‘home’ but despite the success earlier in the season it hasn’t exactly been a happy hunting ground for the club in recent seasons, and he references the three trips there last season where we went out of both cups and managed to claw back a point in the league encounter.

‘It feels like home going up there as we`ve been there a few times now but we know that it`s going to be a tough game, not only as a football match but as a battle. We`ll need to fight for the three points, and we`re confident that we can get them.’

With Southampton now closing the remaining four games of the season out with three away trips, JWP was adamant that being on our travels wouldn’t be a hindrance to our chance of picking up points and trying to secure a European place following the Tottenham draw.

‘No, not at all. Maybe early on in the Premier League we maybe felt that way, but we`re very confident now and we`re well established and we`ve shown that a number of times this season we can beat anyone at home or away, so home or away we fancy our chances no matter what. We`re just focused on ourselves.’

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