Crozzer Looks Ahead To Leeds

By SFC Media time Mon 29 Oct Club

Assistant First Team Manager Andy Crosby has hinted that Saints will make changes to their side for the trip to Leeds, but promised a "strong team" for tomorrow's Capital One Cup tie.

Gaffer Nigel Adkins rotated his squad for previous cup victories over Stevenage and Sheffield Wednesday, and his number two suggested this morning that there is a similar plan of action in place for round four.

"We've made changes in the previous two rounds, so some of the young players have had experience of first-team football – and that will continue," Crosby told Saints Player this afternoon. 

"For the more-senior players who haven't been involved, this gives them a chance to get onto the pitch and show what they're capable of. 

"It will be a strong team full of experience and youthful exuberance, so we will try to get onto the front foot and take the game to Leeds."

Crosby started his playing career as an apprentice at Leeds, and so is looking forward to returning to the club with whom he spent his formative footballing years.

And the Yorkshireman is hoping for a repeat of the resilient showing Saints put on during their most-recent visit to Elland Road in March of this year.

"It's a magnificent club," said 'Crozzer'. "I started off there as a real youngster, so unfortunately I never played in the first team. 

"They're a passionate crowd so they'll get right behind them, and they've got a passionate manager so they'll be wanting to cause an upset. 

"They'll try to press us and stop us playing, and they've got quality in their own ranks, but it's more about what we do. 

"We've got to be positive and take the game to them.

"We had a really testing game there last season and came away having won the game one-nil – don't ask me how, but we did!" he recalled. 

"We had to defend for our lives, so we had people putting themselves on the line and getting bodies in the way. 

"There was an inspired performance from Kelvin [Davis], and we need that same determination and desire to keep the ball out of the net tomorrow because we've got enough quality to cause them problems going forward.

"A positive result in this competition would breed a little bit of confidence and would then translate into the next Premier League game."

Click here to watch Andy Crosby's full pre-match interview on Saints Player

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