"That is a good position to be in, for them to come into a team that is confident and playing well at the moment.
"We are looking forward to it, Southampton is always a difficult game and for the last couple of seasons they have been in the higher reaches of the league. It will be an interesting game for us.
"I have been very pleased with the way we have been playing, the quality of play for the goals we scored last week against Fulham was first class. I am looking for a continuation of that."
Kieran McKenna is missing from the squad with a hamstring injury, while Charlie Daniels is making progress in his recovery from an ankle problem.
Squad: Burch, Bunjevcevic, Lee, Mills, McKie, Barcham, Lewis, Martin, El-Hamdaoui, Barnard, Forecast, Smith, Dawkins, Davis, Lake, Seanla.
Clive Allen is calling for more of the same from his reserve troops as they seek to make it eight wins in a row against Southampton at Stevenage tonight.The Development Coach has a mostly young group to select from due to the first team being in action at Fulham tomorrow - giving an opportunity for a number of Academy players to make an impression. "There are a number of changes tonight and the chance for a few of the young players to get involved," reported Clive.