Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

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.'



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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

Comments

0
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
0
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
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Puel On Liverpool & Cup Dates Set

Following quarter final victory over Arsenal in midweek, Southampton are through to the semi finals of the League Cup and the dates we face Liverpool have now been confirmed.

More Palace Talk From Puel

Manager Claude Puel had a lot more to say ahead of this weekend's clash against Crystal Palace when he met with the media the other day.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 3rd-5th Dec 2016

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend, which will see us among those involved in this schedule with three points of course the aim.

Puel Previews Palace Test

With League Cup success over Arsenal behind us, manager Claude Puel has turned his attentions to Crystal Palace and our hopes of extending our winning streak.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Profile
Vital Saint
Editor email
Profile
Matt Gardner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Crystal Palace v Southampton
Suggested By:
Southampton win100%
Crystal Palace win0%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 31 19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 30 18
3 Man City 13 9 3 1 30 17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 15
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 9
6 Man Utd 13 5 5 3 20 3
7 Everton 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Watford 13 5 3 5 18 -4
9 WBA 13 4 5 4 17 1
10 Southampton 13 4 5 4 17 1
11 Stoke 13 4 4 5 16 -5
12 AFC Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 -3
16 West Ham 13 3 3 7 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 -17
19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 8 -11
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 11 2016 2:15PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 8:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 18 2016 1:30PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2016 7:45PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football