The Saints have made a fine start to the Premier League campaign but are currently five games without a win after a tough run of fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Newcastle.
They ended a four-match winning sequence at St Mary’s with a recent loss against Villa, but showed their form by coming from behind to draw with City and taking a point at St James’ Park last weekend.
Tim’s focus, however, is on how we prepare and perform. “It’s up to us to worry about what we’re going to do and hopefully we can impose ourselves on them and get a positive result,” he said.
“We’re looking for a good performance and we know if we play well we should have a good chance of winning the game.”
Asked if he would look for the team to get on the front foot, like we did in the first half against West Ham, Tim responded: “We’ll have different personel, down to a few injuries, so we’ll have to play in a slightly different manner.
“If you take the positives (from Wednesday) there were a few - Adebayor, Danny Rose coming back, they will benefit from that extra fitness. On the negative side, it was that lack of control in the latter stages of the game and we need to address that and play more progressively when we need to rest.”
We’ll have more from Tim on Saturday...