Pugh ea­ger to give Saints some stick

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON

MARC PUGH has spent the past few days get­ting stick from his fam­ily about Bournemouth’s de­feat by Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day.

Pugh (above) said: “Burn­ley’s my lo­cal team and I was des­per­ate to get a win and get a goal.

“It was dev­as­tat­ing — I got a bit of stick off the fam­ily and I just wanted to get one over on them.

“Now we have an­other big game com­ing up against Southamp­ton. There’s al­ways an ex­tra buzz when it comes to a derby.

“It’s a mas­sive game for us, a must-win, be­cause we want to be chas­ing the pack at the top end of the ta­ble, not look­ing over our shoul­ders.”

Southamp­ton at Bournemouth was a League One fix­ture as re­cently as 2011 – with Pugh and Co on the wrong end of a 3-1 score­line.

“It’s an amaz­ing jour­ney,” added Pugh. “I am some­one who has spent most of my time in the lower leagues — you do pinch your­self.

“It’s been an amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion for both these clubs.

“I al­ways re­mem­ber go­ing to St Mary’s, es­pe­cially back in the League One days be­cause there weren’t many big grounds for us then.

“The in­ten­sity is still ex­actly the same as it was in League One – you want to win every game of foot­ball.

“But it has ex­tra bite now, be­cause you know how im­por­tant it is to stay up in the Premier League.”

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