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Southampton v Villa: Lichaj wary of wounded Saints

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Southampton v Villa: Lichaj wary of wounded Saints

By Dan Harrison

Eric Lichaj has warned that Saturday's opponents Southampton will be a dangerous proposition - because they are hurting from a tough start to the campaign.

Villa go into the Barclays Premier League showdown at St Mary's in buoyant mood after bagging a first maximum haul against Swansea City last weekend.

By contrast, Nigel Adkins' newly-promoted side are yet to register a top-flight point after being handed a demanding set of opening fixtures.

Lichaj admits the Saints will be looking for a reaction after consecutive defeats to Manchester City, Manchester United, Wigan Athletic and Arsenal.

But the defender believes Villa can also be formidable opponents for the South Coast side.

"They'll be looking for a win, especially at their stadium, so it's not going to be easy at all," said Lichaj.

"I know they've had a tough run of games, but they'll have a tough game with us as well.

"It will be harder because they'll be looking for a reaction from their last match, but they'll be in for a shock if they think we are going to be easier opponents than the teams they've played, I'll tell you that right now.

"It doesn't matter when you play the newly-promoted teams in my opinion as long as you bring your best game as a player and as a team.

"If you do that then I'm pretty sure you'll get the result. I'm not really concerned about what the stats say.

"I'm just worried about getting a win. Hopefully the team can do that, no one player can do that it has to be a team effort."

Lichaj is determined to hold on to the left-back spot tomorrow after impressing against Newcastle and Swansea.

The USA international - a right-back by trade - admits he is becoming more confident in the role.

"For me it's a little bit different going forward because I'm maybe not as confident going on my left foot as I am on my right side," he added.

"But defending wise I seem to find it a little bit easier just becauase of little things that I can't really explain.

"I played there a lot when I went on loan at Leeds, in fact most of the time I was there.

"It's about getting used to it and my left foot has been getting better over time.

"I'm getting more confident with it. I'm fine playing in both positions, wherever left-back or right back - no matter what, I'll give it my all."

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By @AVFCOfficial 21st September 2012
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