Norwich City boss Alex Neil says he will treat the Emirates FA Cup with respect but admits the league is the priority as they target a return to form.
The Canaries visit St Mary’s for the third round replay on the back of a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road in which they fought back twice.
But after a disappointing result against Rotherham United at the weekend, Neil already has one eye on their next Championship game.
“I think the Southampton game is going to be one in itself because it’s a cup tie and we’ve got an absolutely crucial game in the league at the weekend.
“I have not shyed away from this question before, the league is our main priority. That’s as simple as it is.
“At the moment, I’m really short on midfield players and we’re really struggling in that area of the pitch.
Speaking of the character of his side in the first fixture against Saints, he added: “It’s something I’ve been critical of this year, because I don’t think we’ve had enough resilience at times.
“As I said before the Rotherham game, I thought there were two or three games when things were starting to get better and Southampton was one of those.
“I think to come back twice was a good sign but with the disappointment at the weekend, we want to do as well as we can in this game, but Saturday is of real importance to us.”