MIDFIELDER Will Smallbone believes Saturday's home game against Huddersfield is a chance to "put things right" after their draw earlier this season.

A late Ben Jackson equaliser from saw the Terriers salvage an unlikely point in a game dominated by Russell Martin's side back in November. 

Smallbone's teammate Jan Bednarek explained how many of Southampton's draws have felt like defeats, despite the club being 24 matches unbeaten.

In recent games, Saints have been able to right the wrongs of their draw against Rotherham and have beaten Watford at the third time of asking.

"We were a bit disappointed with our second half performance in the away game earlier this season," Smallbone told the Daily Echo.

"I think it was one of our more difficult moments during the run that we have been on. Going into Saturday we know what to expect.

"They are probably going to be a low-block. The expectation will be for us to win by three or four, but we need to make sure we give enough intensity - which I'm sure we will.

"Last week we beat Rotherham - if we played the home game against them another 99 times, we would probably win them all.

"But we didn't and that is football. The same goes on Saturday. We want to put things right from our away game against Huddersfield.

"We want to put in a proper performance and show the real us."

Martin has indicated that Joe Rothwell's arrival from AFC Bournemouth has had a positive impact on Smallbone's performances.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game the boss explained: "It is no coincidence that Will's best performances have come since Joe has been in the building."

Asked by the Daily Echo how big of a boost Rothwell's arrival has had on the group, Smallbone said: "Everyone in this building is a really talented player.

"Joe is no different. Everyone is pushing to start games. When you get your chance to be on the pitch you need to take it.

"Everyone has been doing that over the past 24 games and long may it continue."