Routledge expecting tough Saints test
17th September 2016
Wayne Routledge has warned his Swans team-mates they will face a Southampton side hungry to taste their first league victory when the sides meet on Sunday (2.15pm).
The Swans visit St Mary's on the back of a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, which saw Francesco Guidolin's side come from a goal behind to take the lead at the Liberty before Diego Costa's late equaliser.
It proved their fourth point in as many games, with the Swans' sole victory so far coming on the opening day at Burnley.
The Saints, however, are yet to clinch three points in the league this season under new manager Claude Puel, with their two points both coming on home soil.
And Routledge expects the Swans to face a fired-up Saints side on the South Coast.
"They are yet to win a game in the league so far, so they will be really determined to end that run on Sunday," said the winger.
"When you start a season you are desperate to win a game as soon as possible. We managed it in the first game at Burnley, which was a really close match.
"So we are expecting a really tough match against Southampton."
Guidolin's side head to St Mary's boosted by a much-improved second half performance against Chelsea last Sunday.
Trailing to Costa's 18th-minute goal, a change in formation led to a change in fortunes for Guidolin's side who struck twice in three second-half minutes via Gylfi Sigurdsson - from the penalty spot - and Leroy Fer.
Though Costa levelled with nine minutes to go, Routledge feels the Swans can use the positives from the second half in Sunday's test with the Saints.
"We picked up a good point last weekend," added Routledge, who is closing in on 200 Premier League starts in his career.
"The really important thing from that game was the way in which we fought back when we were behind. That was really positive.
"It was important that we did that because we didn't play well in the game before that at Leicester.
"We have four points from four games, and it would be great to pick up a victory on Sunday, but it will a tough afternoon because Southampton are a good side - particularly at home."
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