After going close to breaking the deadlock when the two sides met last week, Ryan Seager is hoping to go one better against Blackburn Rovers on Monday night.
The 19 year-old is likely to spearhead Saints’ attack against Rovers in the second leg of the Under-21 Premier League Cup final at St Mary’s, and has bagged 17 goals in all competitions so far this season.
And Seager, who almost gave Southampton the lead at Ewood Park with an unorthodox effort that narrowly cleared the crossbar, says his team will be well prepared for the challenges posed by Eric Kinder’s men on Monday.
“The defender ducked and obviously I just turned my head and it hit my shoulder. On another day that’d go in, but that makes me more hungry to score in the second leg now,” the forward told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.
“We tried to press, but in the second half it was more difficult, they played more direct than the first half, but it was tough up there, but I think all the boys did well, and fought well to get the draw.
“We knew what we were going to expect on Monday, but now we even know more and I think that’ll put us in good stead for the game on Monday and hopefully we can carry out our gameplan again.”
Seager is well aware that, for most players, cup finals don’t come around too often.
It was his hat-trick against Derby County in the semi-final at St Mary’s that helped Saints set up the two-legged final with Blackburn, and he reckons that a sizeable home crowd will provide Hunter’s side with a timely boost as they look to earn some silverware.
“It’d be very big, because everyone always says to us you don’t win many trophies in your career,” said the Yeovil-born striker.
“It’s always nice to play in front of a big crowd. I think it always builds up an atmosphere that feeds to us players on the pitch, and I think it can only give us more confidence to have a big home crowd there.
“As soon as we step out of the tunnel and get out on the pitch, we’ll be fully focused on the game and we’ll be focused on winning the game, and I think if we play our normal game – as we’re at home as well, we can play more of a passing game than the other leg – then I think we’ll be alright.”