Forget United, it’s on to next big job!
FONTE TELLS SAINTS TO KEEP FOCUS
JOSE FONTE has urged his Southampton teammates to forget about their Manchester United triumph – and focus on doing a job on Ipswich.
The Saints travel to Portman Road for tonight’s replay, just three days after the 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
But skipper Fonte is keen for Ronald Koeman’s men to put that success to one side and concentrate on reaching round four.
Fonte said: “We believe in ourselves. We know we have a great team, great staff and great manager.
“We just need to keep working. There’s a long way to go – we go game by game.
“We have a tough game against Ipswich and then against Newcastle. It’s a tough week.”
Southampton are without defender Toby Alderweireld, who picked up a hamstring injury before Dusan Tadic’s winner against United.
Saido Mane (calf) is also on the sidelines, while striker Emmanuel Mayuka is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Zambia and defender Maya Yoshida is at the Asian Cup with Japan.
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy faces a selection problem, with midfield trio Cole Skuse, Teddy Bishop and Jay Tabb all ruled out through illness.
McCarthy (left) groaned: “There’s a virus going around the place that is laying one or two of them low.
“I’m actually quite pleased, because it knocked me low for about a week and I thought I was getting soft.
“It’s made me realise I’m not as soft as I thought I was when younger, fitter people have been affected.
“Of course, I’m not really that happy that they are laid up because they can’t play.
“It’s very unlikely that they’ll be involved, but I think the other 14 are okay.
“It’s the midfield area that we’ve had the majority of our problems, whether it be through injury or illness.”