Date: 17th April 2014 at 9:34pm
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Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that when we face Aston Villa this weekend, the focus of the game won’t just be on getting some revenge from the 3-2 loss we suffered back in December, despite absolutely controlling the match.

Speaking to saintsfc ahead of the game, Pochettino said there were a number of reasons we wanted to take all three points from the match, not least because we are looking to bounce back from back to back losses against Manchester City and Cardiff.

‘Every game is going to be different and this match is also going to be the same. Runs are meant to be broken and they can end at any given moment so we don’t know when their bad run of home defeats is going to end. Every game is going to be difficult and it’s going to be difficult to predict how they’re going to play.’

Pochettino goes on to say that what is known though, is that we will be facing a physical and strong side, so we will have to be at our best again to ensure we come away with the three points that we want.

As for the earlier loss in the season, Poch adds that our mentality ahead of games is to always go for the win, but what happened previously in that game will have no bearing on this match, other than maybe being a touch more motivation for the players to come out with the result we deserve this time round.

‘Against Cardiff we did everything required to win on that day but it just didn’t happen for us. It wasn’t to be. Against Aston Villa it will be the same story, we will go out ready and hoping to win or get a good result against them.’

Ahead of the game, and with 12 points left to fight for this season, Pochettino has welcomed back goalkeeper Artur Boruc back from his injury, but he also admits ahead of the game that over the coming four he will be looking to try and give as many players as he can a run out – including some youth players – which given the speculation about his future, potentially bodes well because it does mean he’s got one eye on his playing staff for next season you would guess.

We do however lose Gaston Ramirez for the game, as being substituted last Saturday with an ankle injury, ‘he now has both ankles to deal with’ so won’t be risked.

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