Puel: Points at home are vital

By SFC Media Tue 04 Apr Saints vs Palace
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel says it is important that Southampton do not drop points at home for the second time in a matter of days, as they prepare to welcome in-form Crystal Palace.

Saints were held 0-0 by Bournemouth last Saturday, but are quickly back in action at St Mary's, with the visit of the Eagles.

With the six teams behind them all within three points – the last of which is Palace themselves – Puel is clear about how much weight is attached to the result.

"It's an important game, because we had a draw against Bournemouth," said the Saints boss.

it's important for us to give a good response on the pitch.

claude puel
southampton manager

"It's important to win points at home. All the support of our fans will be important for this occasion.

"We've got to play against a good team, who are in confidence. They have won their last four games and have just conceded one goal. It's a great team for the moment.

"They are in form, but it's important for us to give a good response on the pitch. All my players have a good focus about this game, which is an important game, of course."

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