MANAGER Russell Martin says Saints will not change their approach for the first leg of their playoff semi-final against West Brom on Sunday.

Southampton have already done the double over the Baggies this season, beating them 2-1 at home before winning 2-0 at the Hawthorns.

Martin explained how he has enjoyed seeing the levels in training this week, which has seen Saints host a session at St Mary's.

Martin praised West Brom boss Carlos Corberan, while stressing it will be a difficult game, despite his perfect record against the opposition. 

He said: "It's been a really good week of training. The sun is shining, it makes everyone a bit happier, and everything a bit easier.

Daily Echo: West Brom boss Carlos Corberan was sent off against Saints at The Hawthorns this seasonWest Brom boss Carlos Corberan was sent off against Saints at The Hawthorns this season (Image: PA)

"I've enjoyed the work the players have put in, I've enjoyed the feeling, and there is lots to look forward to and lots to be done.

"It's a big test on Sunday but I think one we are really ready for. We try not to change our approach, we try to adapt and tweak, but without losing the principle of who we are.

"The team is judged on two things, the courage it shows to take the ball and then the intensity and aggression that we show.

"I think we have to be logical," Martin continued, explaining how he has handled his selection dilemma. "We have to go with feeling as well. Logic and feeling are really important.

"If you have one without the other, I don't think it's good. The logic is that we played against West Brom twice, we did certain things in both games, a shape that was different to the one we played at Leeds.

"West Brom have been good. Everyone has spoken about the top four, and how difficult that race was. Then they've been the best of the rest all season.

"They've given us two really tough games. Carlos Corberan is a brilliant coach, they have experienced Premier League players and really experienced Championship players.

"They are physical, strong, powerful, and are well coached. They can do both sides of the game well, with and without the ball.

"It's a tough game but if you get into the playoffs, I don't think you expect anything else. It's going to be a tough game and a tough place to go.

"We played brilliantly there this season, and if we can reach those levels of performance again, I'll be very happy."