Press conference round-up: Crystal Palace

By SFC Media time Thu 10 Sep Crystal Palace v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson

Read back what the boss had to say on various topics at the pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace.

Expectations

“This is not the way we are thinking (finish in the top ten), we know it is a new season and hopefully have a better start than last season but the Premier League season is difficult. Hopefully we can play as good as the end of the last season and get better results at the beginning.

Transfers

“More needs to be done. We know we have lost a number six in Pierre (Emile-Hojbjerg) so we want an alternative. We still have the next few weeks as there is time to go. Anyway, we have a good 11 but we have a lot of games following up so we need alternatives so we need to do something.”

Pre-season

“It doesn’t feel like a completely new season. The pre-season was very short so two weeks of these four weeks we haven’t had all the players here so it was quite difficult to prepare for the first game so it didn’t feel like a whole pre-season like the last one. Now we have a start where nobody knows what level he is.

“It hasn’t been easy to prepare them. After lockdown it was quite easy as we had all the players, all the time. We could work very concentrated together whereas we have only had two weeks with them then they were gone to Internationals.

“We have to work with a small group for two weeks where we can’t work on tactics so it’s definitely not the perfect preparation for the first game. So we have to go to Palace with the best that we have managed the last few weeks and then it’s quick with many games so it’s important to find a rhythm as soon as possible.”

Team News

“Stuart came back injured from the national team and this I don't like it because it’s pre-season and I do everything to keep them healthy and he comes back not perfect. It makes some alternatives to our game but we have to handle this.”

Goalkeepers

“Yeh he (Fraser Forster) stays with us at the moment as Alex McCarthy will be number one. Alex made a fantastic development in the last games. Then in the number two position is Fraser and Angus Gunn so one will stay with us and one leave us.”

“With Forster and Gunny they try to push McCarthy but Alex made a fantastic development with the ball and shot stopping. We have worked hard with the ball and Fraser just has to learn but he can definitely do it as he is open minded.”

Danny Ings

“It’s important that he stays hard working for the team. I think he shouldn’t go into the season thinking I have to score goals otherwise there is pressure, no, that’s not the key.

“He has to work hard for the team, he has to handle the situations where he was in last season and when he gets the chance to score, he can finish.”

Moussa Djenepo

“Moussa had a lot of problems last season with injuries, the red card and then had to go home to Mali and come back so it wasn’t perfect.

“He needs a consistent time period of working with us learning about our behaviours. Our game is changing all the time so you have to be open minded and if he learns quick he has the tactical awareness to help us.”


SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Fraser Forster during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on August 25, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Fraser Forster in training at Staplewood Campus. 

On goalkeepers...

“Yeh he (Fraser Forster) stays with us at the moment as Alex McCarthy will be number one. Alex made a fantastic development in the last games. Then in the number two position is Fraser and Angus Gunn so one will stay with us and one leave us.”

“With Forster and Gunny they try to push McCarthy but Alex made a fantastic development with the ball and shot stopping. We have worked hard with the ball and Fraser just has to learn but he can definitely do it as he is open minded.”

On Danny Ings...

“It’s important that he stays hard working for the team. I think he shouldn’t go into the season thinking I have to score goals otherwise there is pressure, no, that’s not the key.

“He has to work hard for the team, he has to handle the situations where he was in last season and when he gets the chance to score, he can finish.”

On Moussa Djenepo...

“Moussa had a lot of problems last season with injuries, the red card and then had to go home to Mali and come back so it wasn’t perfect.

“He needs a consistent time period of working with us learning about our behaviours. Our game is changing all the time so you have to be open minded and if he learns quick he has the tactical awareness to help us.”

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