Russell Martin issues a facinating message as high-flying Saints head to Millwall hoping to continue unbeaten Championship run…

Southampton manager Russell Martin during the Sky Bet Championship match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Picture date: Tuesday October 3, 2023.

Southampton heading to Millwall’s Den in confident mood after unbeaten Championship run…

Southampton head to The Den tomorrow on the back of a confidence-building six-game unbeaten run in the Championship.

Adam Armstrong scored his eighth goal of the campaign for the Saints in their 3-1 victory over Birmingham City last weekend.


Russell Martin’s side have taken 14 points from a possible 18, a return which has seen them climb to fourth in the standings.

It is the first league meeting of the two clubs since March 2012 when a Rickie Lambert hat-trick ensured Millwall slipped to a 3-2 defeat in SE16.

The last time that the Lions beat this weekend’s opposition was a 2-0 victory at The Dell in September 1977.

Ex-Swansea boss Martin was feeling the heat after a run of four straight defeats in September but Southampton,whose 11-year stay in the Premier League was ended in May, are firmly in the play-off hunt.

Former Millwall youngster Sam Edozie, sold to Manchester City in 2019, has scored twice this season. The Lewisham-born winger also assisted Armstrong for his goal against Wayne Rooney’s Blues.

“I watched with a lot of pride, some incredible football,” said Martin, pictured left. “But there were some moments of sloppiness as well, which I was frustrated with. It’s my job to be frustrated, and be relentless with them, because of the talent we have in there.

“We gave them so little before that goal. It came out of nowhere. I’m annoyed that we didn’t keep a clean sheet because people can level [the accusation] that we’re open, and we weren’t at all.”

Strikers Che Adams and Ross Stewart are both close to returning from injury but this weekend could come too soon for the pair.

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