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Poch's men aiming for best ever Premier League start
8:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
Saints are aiming to make it their best ever start to a Premier League season with victory over West Ham on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have one win, one draw and one defeat from their opening three games of the campaign.
They already have as many points as they collected in the first 10 games of last season.
Victory over the Hammers at St Mary’s would officially make it the best start to a Premier League season over a four-game period they have ever enjoyed.
It’s even more reason for Pochettino’s men to continue to fire and to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at Norwich last time out.
Saints’ previous best starts to a season over four Premier League games came back in 1999/00 and 2003/04 when they took six points from their opening four fixtures.
This year’s start is already their best over three games since the turn of the millennium.
Their only other better one was achieving those six points in 1999/2000 when they beat Coventry 1-0 and Newcastle 4-2 in between losing 3-0 to Leeds.
Back then, Egil Ostenstad netted against the Sky Blues on the opening day with Marian Pahars, Mark Hughes and Hassan Kachoul (2) all scoring against the Magpies.
Saints have started this term with their joint best ever defensive record, by only conceding two goals.
They now face West Ham on Sunday and can be reassured by the fact that in the other corresponding fourth fixtures Saints have lost only two of the seven home games – to Manchster United in 1992/93 and Liverpool in 1994/95.
Saints’ starts have not always been the greatest down the years, their peak being the dreadful 1998/99 term when they lost all of their first four, conceded 12 goals and didn’t win until late October.
Now, though, they have the chance to put that right and for Pochettino to earn himself a place in the history books as the club aim to continue their upwardly mobile ambitions this season.
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