Alfie Jones has reiterated the importance of Southampton's Checkatrade Trophy tie against Reading tonight.
The Royals visit St Mary’s in the second round of the competition, and captain Jones is keen to see his side progress.
“It’s an important game for us,” he explained.
“We want to look to win and progress in the competition on the back of a bad result and performance against Sunderland in the league.
“So this game gives us a good opportunity to put things right, particularly with it being at St Mary’s and on such a big stage.
“It makes a big difference playing at the stadium for us. Hopefully there will be a lot of fans coming down, so we are going to want to put on a show and impress.”
Saints completed a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Crawley Town in their previous Checkatrade Trophy outing at St Mary’s.
And Jones is hopeful of a similar performance against Reading.
“It was a fantastic performance against Crawley,” continued the defender.
“That was rewarded with the result that we picked up, so we want to do the same against Reading.
“They are a physical team so it will be a similar test to Crawley, but they will also look to play football as well.
“It will be up to us, though, to get the ball down, play our way and implement our game to get the result and progress.”