‘All the pressure’s on Newcastle and that plays into our hands,’ says former Southampton full-back Jason Dodd ahead of Carabao Cup clash
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 31
Dodd believes Southampton have nothing to lose during this evening’s match against Newcastle (Picture: Supplied)

The former Southampton full-back on tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final

Do Saints have any chance of going to Newcastle and turning around a 1-0 first-leg deficit?

Yes, as it could have been worse. They had several chances to add to their goal and I’m quite happy we’re only 1-0 down. We have nothing to lose and nothing to fear – all the pressure’s on Newcastle and that plays into our hands. Winning could be the catalyst for the rest of the season.

Is there belief the team can stay up under manager Nathan Jones?

The worrying thing at the moment is that a lot of fans would take going down to the Championship and winning some games. We made Blackpool look like Barcelona in the on Saturday. You want to see players flying in, getting stuck in, but football these days is sometimes more about 50 passes and going sideways. Some supporters won’t be too disappointed if the team 
is relegated.

Why are Saints more of a cup side this season?

It was a great result, beating in the Carabao Cup quarter-final but in other games we’ve been quite lucky. However, we proved against City we can compete but the team doesn’t do it enough. We struggle for goals and you can’t fault the strikers’ efforts, but ultimately they are judged on goals.

Is midfielder James Ward-Prowse ‘God-like’, similar to your old team-mate Matt Le Tissier?

He leads by example but we can’t always rely on James. Others are doing okay but okay’s not going to keep us in the Premier League. We need other players to step up to take the pressure off him.

Should he have made England’s World Cup squad?

I think the decision (to leave him out) was harsh. James has been in and around the squad for a few years now and was close to going. He always seems to miss out.

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