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Poortvliet: We Owe Our Fans

Poortvliet: We Owe Our Fans

Saints manager Jan Poortvliet insists that Tomorrow's match is the perfect chance to pay the fans back for his side`s abysmal home record this season.

Saturday's attendance has been predicted 28,000 or so and the Dutchman knows how important the match is: 'It's a big game. When you look at where we are at the moment in the table, we need a win to breed confidence and to get some extra motivation for the coming games, because there are a lot of big games coming.' Poortvliet told the official website.

This season has seen the St. Mary's crowd drop to a new low, having an average of 15, 740 - so Poortvliet understands the significance of entertaining this rare big crowd: 'We have a big crowd on Saturday,' he began. 'That's what I hear and there's nothing more special than playing for your own big crowd and proving what you can do.'

'We owe our fans something back because their support is very good,' he continued. 'They are always there and they deserve it and we need it.'

With Colin Calderwood's Forest side struggling in the relegation zone, the Saints really need to take advantage of the opportunity, but Poortvliet knows it will be a tough test: 'They have a very strong defence, they try to play, and up front they have a very quick player. I think maybe he's one of the quickest players in the league and they look okay.'



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Writer:Abe Hawken
Date:Friday December 19 2008
Time: 2:29PM

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He definitely does!! The boys really need to perform tomorrow. If Forest win we are deep trouble and only one point behind them. Hopefully the big crowd will give the boys what they have been missing this year at home... Support!! Come On You Reds!!
sfc123
19/12/2008 14:51:00
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Yeah, well said. The home fans have had a lot to been down about. But hopefully with a near full stadium, the Saints show up and get the three points!
abesaint
19/12/2008 18:51:00
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