After a two week break in fixtures, Radhi Jaïdi's Under-23s return to action with a Premier League 2 trip to Blackburn - having already played the Lancashire side twice this term.
After losing out in the league, Saints were comfortable 2-0 victors over their Blackburn counterparts in Premier League Cup competition, and will be hoping to replicate that recent performance when the sides meet for a third time tonight.
"The players have had a good rest," Jaïdi began. "From a coaching point of view we don't rest, because you're constantly thinking about the season going forward and reflecting.
"The first half of the season was ups and downs, but the boys are totally aware of the areas in which they need to improve. Some things we did well, and that needs to continue, but now we know the league, we're familiar with the teams and what we're up against.
"The players have had fitness tests and are hopefully ready to perform. We've played Blackburn twice already, so we're aware of their strengths. It is a straight forward task for us and most of all we want the three points."
Radhi JaïdiAs a group we're always looking for victories; we are one step behind the first team at 23s level so there has to be a habit of winning.
on the return to pl2 action
As well as asserting that his side are looking to start the new year with a standard-setting performance, the Saints coach has eyes on maximum spoils, with a view to quickly improving their current PL2 standing.
Jaïdi added: "We try to find the balance, although the individual aims vary from player to player. We're asking some to push and realise outcomes, but others still need time to develop.
"As a group we're always looking for victories, we are one step behind the first-team at 23s level so there has to be a habit of winning - that is important for the club.
"We know we have twelve games to go in the league and we want to win the maximum to get as close to the top league as possible."