NORWICH manager Glenn Roeder is wary of Saints ahead of his side’s trip to St Mary’s – and singled out Adam Lallana as a real dangerman.
Saints are still searching for a first home league win of the season but after a good result at Doncaster at the weekend go into tonight’s game against the Canaries full of confidence.
Roeder knows that Saints will be fired up to try and break their record of being the only side in the Championship without a home win so far this season and is ready for the test they will provide.
He said: “It won’t have any bearing on tonight’s game. They’re a nice football team.
“They’re a young team and some of the young players have looked pretty impressive.
“One boy in particular, Lallana, is catching the eye and the imagination of most Premier League clubs, I’m told.
“Iain Dowie said to me after the QPR game that he was the best young player he’d seen in the Championship by a mile, so we’ve obviously got to be aware of him.”
City won 1-0 at St Mary’s last season but four of the starting eleven from January have left the club and a fifth, defender Gary Doherty, has yet to play this season after an ankle operation.
Roeder must make at least one change after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Barnsley. Central midfielder Matty Pattison was substituted after an hour at Oakwell.
“Pattison is a little bit tight in that hamstring again,” said Roeder. “We don’t think he’s damaged it any more than he did when he had to come off against Sheffield United, but there’s always a risk playing him.
“He hasn’t gone back to square one but it’s tight. It was tight coming back on the coach on Saturday and he’s still aware of it this morning so he’s very much touch and go.
“If he doesn’t make it he should be OK on Saturday, but we don’t want to do damage to it where he’s out for a month or more.We’ll wait and see. He’ll travel anyway.”
Striker Arturo Lupoli, who missed the trip to Oakwell with hamstring trouble, should be fit to return.
“He trained yesterday morning.
He seemed fine,” said Roeder.
Norwich still have four senior players sidelined – Doherty, David Bell (ankle injury), Sammy Clingan (shoulder) and John Kennedy (ankle).