Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

No place like home for Lloyd

No place like home for Lloyd

Should Lloyd James line up for Saints against Bristol City on Saturday, he'll be playing out a long-term ambition.

The Bristol-born full back used to have a season ticket at Ashton Gate just 5 years ago, and he went to a nearby school whilst working his way through the academy ranks at Southampton.

Speaking to saintsfc.co.uk, James said, "As a 15-year-old I went every week when they were in League One," James recalled.

"I used to attend Ashton Parks School which was about a two minute walk away from the ground so I used to see the stadium every day and say to myself, 'I want to play there.'

"It's where I'm from and my family are there so I'm looking forward to playing at Ashton Gate," he continued. "There will be a few friends and family there on Saturday and I've had non-stop phone calls asking for tickets all week."

Speaking about the game itself, James said he was looking forward to facing one of the form teams in the division, especially after Saints' last match was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

"We were going into last weekend full of confidence and looking forward to getting three points but it was cancelled and it has given us all a chance to refresh our legs and minds a bit.

"It was a disappointment because you build up to it all week and when it comes to a Saturday you just want to be playing," James said. "But this week's preparation has been no different."

"We know that it's a compact place down there which makes for a good atmosphere and they are a well supported team too. Bristol is a big place and with Rovers in there as well, it is certainly big enough for a Premier League club and City have already shown that they can make the step up."

Saints scored a priceless 2-0 victory over Bristol City when these two sides met at St Mary's last season, and alot of people believe the result gave Saints a much needed confidence boost going into the run-in, with James hoping for a similar result this time round.

"I watched that game from the stands last season and I think that was the turning point in our bid to stay up, because they were flying high at the time and pushing for automatic promotion.

"It was a great 2-0 win and hopefully we can do that again this weekend. This one will be a bit extra special for me but we just need to concentrate on getting the three points.

"This time we know that we've got a good chance of staying up because it's so tight down there and we need to string a few results together to pull ourselves away from the relegation zone."

Due to the hamstring injury that James picked up in training, he missed out on the chance to feature for Wales U21's on Tuesday, but he has recovered in time to slot into a familiar back line.

"Kelvin Davis and Chris Perry are always talking throughout the game and it's great to have them alongside me because it helps to keep us all focused," James said.

"We have a few leaders in our side which is good to have. Paul Wotton is also good to have on your team because he keeps you on your toes for 90 minutes," he added.

"Hopefully we will all be fresh again after last week and that means that we should come away with a result on Saturday."

Saints' fans will be hoping that James is true to his word, as three points would be a massive boost for all concerned.



For the very latest Championship odds

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

Writer:Daniel Bailey
Date:Thursday February 12 2009
Time: 9:16PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Austin & Romeu Reflect On Stoke

Charlie Austin and Oriol Romeu have both reflected on our final day defeat to Stoke City.

Puel Pleased With 8th Place

Manager Claude Puel has spoken of his disappointment at seeing Southampton end the season with a loss to Stoke City but he was pleased with our eighth place Premier League finish.

2016/17 Second Best Goal Return Ever

The Premier League season of 2016/17 didn't see a new goal record set in the top flight of football on Sunday, however the final day got extremely close.

Premier League 2016/17 Golden Glove Battle (22/5/17)

With Sunday being the final day of the Premier League season of 2016/17, the Golden Glove Winner is now known.

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)

Stoke MotM
Suggested By:
Forster1%
Soares0%
Stephens0%
Yoshida0%
Bertrand0%
Davis0%
Romeu0%
Tadic0%
Ward-Prowse0%
Redmond66%
Austin0%
Sub - Boufal0%
Sub - Gabbiadini0%
Sub - Pied33%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football