ASSISTANT manager Matt Gill will take charge of Saints against Huddersfield on Saturday with Russell Martin suspended.

Martin will serve a one-match touchline ban having earned his third yellow card of the season against West Brom just before the international break.

The decision followed Charly Alcaraz's booking for dissent, with Saints charges suggesting the official had missed a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters in the build-up.

Coaches will receive a one-match ban for three yellows and a two-match ban for eight cards.

Martin was booked earlier this season in the defeats at Gillingham - in the EFL Cup - and Middlesbrough. 

Asked about his touchline ban on Thursday ahead of Southampton’s trip up north, Martin said: “I presume I'll be sitting in the director's box. Gilly will be on the touchline with the rest of the staff.

"It will be frustrating for me, but I will have to learn from it as a young-ish manager - although I am approaching the 200-game mark."

Despite not being in the dugout for Saints' clash against Huddersfield, who sit 21st in the Championship, Martin doesn't think it will hinder the team's performance.

"I'm sure it won't make a difference to the team. Ultimately, at that point, you can only try to help the boys a little bit.

"It's more of an annoyance for me really. It's something that I will try and learn from. I think two of the bookings have been nonsensical - but that's my opinion.

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"I haven't been booked for screaming at our own team, we don't do that with our players. Sometimes it's the decisions or the lack of communication.

"As a group of staff, I think we are quite calm on the whole. You almost get punished for the one moment you're not sometimes.

"I've had a conversation with Kevin Friend about that recently which was good. I have to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"But I'm not going to change. I am passionate about the team and I care about the players - on the whole, I think we conduct ourselves really well."