Date: 25th April 2014 at 8:46pm
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Saturday’s early kick off at St Mary’s against in form Everton has got manager Mauricio Pochettino excited because he’s expecting a fantastic game.

Everton come to us having won eight of their last nine matches, and we are expecting a full house, so speaking to saintsfc Pochettino admitted he was relishing the game and hopefully the winning of another three points for us as we look to finish the campaign on a high.

‘I do like the time that we are starting on Saturday. It’s a time that I enjoyed playing in and I do hope that the fans will be in full support tomorrow, as they always are, and I hope that they can lead us to a good result against a very good team. It’s going to be an amazing challenge because we’re going to be facing a team that’s trying to break into the top four.’

Pochettino goes on to describe Everton as being a ‘great side’ but he knows it’s down to us to perform as well as we can, and dominate the game enforcing our style on them, so we can get our performance right and hopefully come out with the result that we want att he end of it.

With Southampton not scoring from open play over the last month, the gaffer admitted that losing Jay Rodriguez had been a huge blow to us, and it has taken the team some time to adjust to not having him on the pitch, given the threat he has provided to the opposition all season long.

‘It’s always hard to try and replace a player of his qualities. He was a very important player to Southampton. We just have to adapt to that and compliment it with other players that can come in and bring a different kind of aspect to the team.’

As for injury news ahead of the match, Poch admitted that Morgan Schneiderlin in now out of the game after taking a knock to his quadriceps yesterday, and we remain without Kelvin Davis, Maya Yoshida, Gaston Ramirez, and obviously JRod, but this does mean that it’s an opportunity for our younger players to gain further experience.

As Poch’s press conference took place after Les Reed had given his statement, he was asked if that was helpful to him in terms of the questions he does get asked.

‘I think it’s very good for the club and for everyone here, but I still think I’m going to be dealing with the same questions every week.’

Yup, he probably will be.

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