Sabtu, 01 September 2012

Lallana aims to replicate Everton

Lallana: Geared up for Man Utd clash

The Red Devils travel to St Mary's looking to pick up their second win of the season, following an opening-weekend defeat to David Moyes' side at Goodison Park.

Southampton are still without a point after defeats to Manchester City and Wigan but, despite being aware of the threat posed by United, Lallana believes the Saints can come out on top if they play like Everton did.

He said: "You look around the pitch and they have got strength in every area, obviously (Wayne) Rooney was injured but (Robin) van Persie comes in.

"The experience they have got; (Paul) Scholes, (Ryan) Giggs and (Rio) Ferdinand, the list is endless really.

"I think if we concentrate on what we are good at, we are at home I think we have got a chance of getting a result.

"I think Everton proved the other week that if you come out of the traps and press them and get the fans behind you then you can create chances and go on to win games.

"I think we will play our own game...create chances and get crosses in the box and we have a good chance."

With England international Rooney missing through injury it is highly probable that new signing van Persie will continue in attack.

Lallana, 24, knows it will be difficult to stop the former Arsenal frontman but expects boss Nigel Adkins to stick to his attacking philosophy.

"If you stop van Persie then you have done a big part of the job," he said.

"It is a massive, massive challenge and I think if we take him out of the equation they have talent running through the rest of the team.

"It is the manager's choice how we play - if you attack and are ruthless and take your chances they are there for the taking.

"They're a great team and you have got to give them respect, they don't win all their titles and European Cups for nothing."

The last time the two clubs met in a Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton were relegated to the Champion ship.

The seven intervening years saw Saints drop down to League One before Adkins led them to back-to-back promotions.

Lallana insists revenge for that final-day defeat is not on the minds of anyone at the club and is still enjoying the challenge of the top flight.

When asked if the players wanted to avenge the result he said: "Not really, no.

"We have played them a couple of times since in the Cup and we are more concentrating on getting off the mark and getting some points on the board.

"Obviously we have come on leaps and bounds in two years, playing League One football two years ago.

"To have played the two big Manchester clubs in the opening three weeks of the season is great, tough, but I don't think we would have it any other way really."

Southampton completed a club-record deal for Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez on deadline day following the earlier acquisitions of Japanese defender Maya Yoshida and Emmanuel May uke from Zambia.

The club have also signed young English players Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez and Lallana says finding a good mixture of talent at home and abroad can prove fruitful.

"The club have been known for bringing good, young English talent through the ranks and I think careful additions, whether they are coming from abroad or not," he said.

"I think getting the right blend will impact on the team getting better."

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