The closing part of the season is upon us and Saints have it all to play for as they chase the for automatic promotion to the Championship.
Southampton have a total of eight games in April starting with MK Dons at home on Saturday and Saints will need to get off to a good start. Unlike last year Saints don’t have to look to other teams for results to get them to where they need to be. Southampton currently sit Fourth with Three games in hand and Five points behind Huddersfield who currently sit in the automatic promotion spot.
With promotion solely in Southampton’s hands the players will need to handle the pressure as well as fans getting behind the team. Saints and Tunisian international defender Radhi Jaïdi told the Official Southampton website that the team knew the responsibility of the next month by saying “It is up to us to go on and achieve automatic promotion. There is no reason to believe that we can’t, because the squad is good enough.” he also added about the feeling in the team saying “There is tension, yes, but confidence too. Confidence in our own ability and confidence we can go on and do the job.”
Even though Saints have enjoyed a good run at home this season, which has seen them undefeated at St Marys this year and a decent record against the Milton Keynes outfit beating them twice in both the league and the Johnsons Paint Football League Trophy last season. But this game will be more of a challange as MK Dons will be looking to keep their place in the play-offs and keep their impressive away record intact which hasn’t seen them loose on the road since January 3rd.
Also it was unclear if Saints starlets Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be involved in this clash as they picked up knocks in Saints last league game against Chalton. Saints fans were hopeful that the Ten day brake has given time for the two important attacking midfielders to recover or that they both gain full fitness as soon as possible. It has been announced that Lallana is available for Saturdays clash but Chamberlain will be sidelined for at least two weeks as a precaution. Morgan Schneiderlin is also out through injury and Oscar Gobern who is still suspended for Saturday’s game it is very likely that Saints new onloan player from Oldham Dale Stephens may well be starting his first game in Red and White or on the bench.
Stephens will prove a huge part of the team as the month passes and the work load builds. There are going to be some important moments in the next four weeks such as on the 23rd when Saints travel to league leaders Brighton who havent lost at home all season.
Author ´s Comment:
“I believe next four weeks will be the biggest high or disappointment the club has had since its rebirth and on paper seems very easy to get the automatic spot . But when has football or Southampton ever done things easy? Anyone going to the games needs to get behind the team and give St Marys the atmosphere of The Dell this weekend and the weeks to come. Please post your comments and thoughts about the next four weeks bellow and follow myself (@theamazingcliff) or the blogs twitter (@southamptonblog) for further news, reviews and opinions”
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