Obviously we go there as underdogs

Last updated : 17 January 2014 By Tony Scholes

It was Southampton's assistant manager Jesús Pérez who faced the press today and he made it clear that this is a competition they want to do well in.

"The FA Cup is a very important competition in this country for supporters and for clubs," he said. "For us, it will be the first game we have experienced in this competition and we're very proud to take part in this game so for us it's very important obviously.

"It's clear what our philosophy is and the project here. We are professional and we have young players as well. We will assess after the training on Friday the physical situation for each other and decide as a squad who will play on Saturday.

"We have small problems in the squad after a tough period, but we are looking forward to playing this game."

He added: "We have full respect for the other managers and for every single opinion, but this is a single competition that you play in and we can see it's very important for the country, for the fans and everyone.

"It's very important for our side, so we have a lot of respect for this competition and we will try to win the game so that we can move on into the next round and hopefully we can reach the final, why not?"

He spoke about out two strikers, Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who are both Southampton fans. "They are good players, Pérez added. "Hopefully they just enjoy their chance to play here. It's great to see young players who have been involved with our club in the past doing well, because in football there are many ways to reach the Premier League so we're very proud for them.

"The team are doing very well. They are at the top of the Championship league with a clear style, a young manager and I think it will be a good game for them and for us as well."

Sean Dyche is looking forward to it, and looking forward to the Clarets causing an upset. "The FA Cup is a great competition and we will certainly go there as well equipped as we can," he said before the team departed for Hampshire.

"We have had a couple of knocks and we're hoping they are not too serious with regards to our league campaign, but they might have to miss out this weekend, which is unfortunate.

"Ben Mee is obviously a concern and a doubt, Michael Duff has had a few knocks, so we will see how he is and Dean Marney has come out of a number of thigh issues, so we have to be careful with him, but I want us to go there as strong as we can and we will not be resting people, that's for sure.

"If people are available, they will play, but we've a few knocks from the accumulation of games over the Christmas period and, as everyone knows we carry a small squad and we have to be wary of that.

"But if we have people available we will be going hard because it's a great competition and who knows what the cup can throw up."

Dyche added: "Obviously we go there as underdogs against a strong, athletic side full of energy and quality, but it will be an enjoyable occasion for us and a break from the league campaign, and a chance for the players to go and experience playing against a Premier League side.

"Southampton have hit a bit of a funny patch by their standards, never more so than at home, where they have lost a few.

"We are going well and we have earned the accolades, but it's not that simple and we know we have to go there and compete with a very, very good side."