Crozzer Looks Ahead To Wednesday

By SFC Media Mon 24 Sep Club

Andy Crosby says the Capital One Cup visit of Sheffield Wednesday gives Saints an opportunity to rotate their squad, but insists they will be going all-out to progress into round four.

There were eleven changes to the starting line-up for our second-round win over Stevenage last month, when Nigel Adkins' men stormed to a 4-1 victory over their League 1 opponents.

The likes of Jake Sinclair, Sam Hoskins, Corby Moore and Ben Reeves were named in the matchday squad for that fixture, with the latter coming off the bench to score Saints' fourth.

And, last season, James Ward-Prowse – now a First Team regular – made his debut for the Club in a fourth-round match against Crystal Palace.

And Assistant Manager Crosby suggested there will be a similar approach put into play for the visit of their newly-promoted Championship opponents tomorrow night.

"It's a competition that we're taking very seriously and we're down to the last 32," he told Saints Player

"Over the last few years, we have blooded a lot of young players in this competition because the vision of the Club is to get a lot of home-grown players through into the First Team, so we'll continue to do that. 

"There's competition for places now so there's a chance for other players to come into the team and stake a claim.

"We made changes at Stevenage and, if you look back over last season, we made changes in this competition then as well," continued 'Crozzer'. 

"We are taking [the Capital One Cup] seriously because it is a pathway to a major competition and a major trophy. 

"We're up against a very good Sheffield Wednesday team – they have brought in some good players and a lot of experience in the summer, and Dave Jones is a good manager who has done a good job wherever he's been. 

"They'll come here looking to cause an upset."

Click here to watch Crosby's full pre-match interview on Saints Player as he discusses the visit of Sheffield Wednesday and the impact of the weekend's thumping win over Aston Villa

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