Date: 30th April 2015 at 7:11pm
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Manager Ronald Koeman has said he’s definitely expecting a different kind of game this weekend when we travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland.

Having demolished them in the home encounter this season eight nil and recorded our biggest ever Premier League victory in the process, Koeman told saintsfc Koeman said that under Dick Advocaat they would certainly be a different proposition this time round – let alone the fact they are in front of their home fans.

‘Okay, the 8-0 was a crazy day and a crazy win with a lot of own goals. I don`t think they will help us like what they did in the first game. Normally it will not happen again. That was one day, it will be a different game to the 8-0. They have a new coach, a new manager. I know him very well and it`s nice to meet him again.’

Koeman went on to say that those teams fighting for survival in a relegation battle always pose a different and difficult test as the pressure is all on them, as it will be Sunderland with two home games on offer and the knowledge they have to win both to have a possibility of survival, so they will be doing all they can to take victory and we have to be prepared for that.

‘We know what to expect and we have to be prepared for that. They don`t have anything for one point, they have to play to win. It`s the same for us. We like to play offensive, to win the game. I think it will be an attractive game this Saturday.’

With Hull’s victory over Liverpool earlier in the week, Southampton now sit only a point behind both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the table going into the final four games, so the manager knows we now should take a boost from that because it’s not just a battle between ourselves and former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

However that only really becomes a boost if we make the most of our next four games and make sure we are in a position to capitalise on either side slipping up again.

‘It`s always more easy to be one of the two than beat only one. That means between us, Tottenham and Liverpool we will decide who goes to the Europa League. It`s a tough programme but we know and that`s the same for Liverpool and Tottenham. You have to be ready and if you`re not you don`t win and you don`t get that possibility.’

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