Puel expecting a battle

By SFC Media Wed 18 Jan Saints vs Norwich
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel says Southampton must be ready for a battle with Norwich City in their Emirates FA Cup replay.

Saints host the Canaries in a third-round replay tonight (7.45pm GMT), with the winner’s reward a home tie with Arsenal.

Steven Naismith’s last-gasp goal at Carrow Road earned Norwich a 2-2 draw in the initial meeting earlier this month, and Puel is expecting to see plenty of fight from their opponents again this evening.

"They are a good team,” he said. “They are trying to get back to the Premier League, they have good ability and are strong in the battles.

“We played a good game against this team, but it was a pity to take the goal right at the end. Now it's important to finish the work. It's important to keep a positive attitude, like we have done in all our games in the cups.

“We have to concentrate, because it's a difficult game always, with battles, against a typical Championship team, so you need to have good concentration."

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