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Leeds United v Southampton: Pre-Match Quotes

Through It All Together gathers the thoughts from both clubs ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash.

Paul Thomas

Southampton travel to Elland Road tonight and below are some pre-match quotes ahead of tonight's cup tie.

Mick Jones (LUFC Assistant Manager) thoughts on the clash speaking to the Official Website:

"In all my years in the game you still get depressed when you don't win at home. It ruins your weekend. This League Cup game gets you out of that depressed mode, it lifts spirits and gets you ready for a big game.

"The League Cup is totally different to league games. What league games bring is lots of months and lots of travelling. In this, you can go to Wembley after six matches so it's a totally different attitude and perspective.

"No doubt it will be a good game. There'll be a good atmosphere. It's a Premiership team. We know football is a great leveller and I'm hoping that will be apparent. When we played Everton, David Moyes gave us a great compliment with the team he picked, but we beat them and we beat them well.

"Southampton will look at the trip to Elland Road as a respite from what has proved a tough start to life as a Premiership club. They have lost three of their last four league games, and have recorded only one win so far this term in the top-flight.

"A win would lift spirits and take them further. I don't know what Nigel is thinking, I can't think for him. All we can think about is ourselves and pick a team with vitality and try and win it."

Mick Jones on the Peltier injury speaking to the Official Website:

"Skipper Lee Peltier is still carrying an ankle knock, and the management team were assessing the situation on Monday afternoon before firming up the team to take on the Saints."

Michael Tonge speaking to the Official Website:

"We've got a tough game against Southampton because I think that they've got a strong squad

"Obviously they haven't started their season as well as they would have wanted, from what I have seen they have been unlucky to lose the games they have.

"A top half team in the Championship versus a bottom team in the Premier League will always have a chance of beating them on the day if they can put a performance on the day and that's what all the Championship teams, including us, will be hoping for.

"I think that on our day and we are all at it we'll give anyone a good run for their money, including Premier League teams. If we can put a performance on a Tuesday night I think we can cause Southampton some problems."

Andy Crosby (Saints Assistant Manager) speaking about the clash on the Southampton Official Website:

"We've made changes in the previous two rounds, so some of the young players have had experience of first-team football - and that will continue

"For the more-senior players who haven't been involved, this gives them a chance to get onto the pitch and show what they're capable of.

"It will be a strong team full of experience and youthful exuberance, so we will try to get onto the front foot and take the game to Leeds."

Andy Crosby on Leeds United (Southampton Official Website):

"It's a magnificent club. I started off there as a real youngster, so unfortunately I never played in the first team.

"They're a passionate crowd so they'll get right behind them, and they've got a passionate manager so they'll be wanting to cause an upset.

"They'll try to press us and stop us playing, and they've got quality in their own ranks, but it's more about what we do.

"We had a really testing game there last season and came away having won the game one-nil - don't ask me how, but we did!

"We had to defend for our lives, so we had people putting themselves on the line and getting bodies in the way."

Saints midfielder, Richard Chaplow, speaking to the Southampton Official Website:

"Hopefully we can put a performance in because it's an important [game] for the Club. Any win is a vital one.

"The team is probably going to be a different one tomorrow night as it has been so far in the cup, so it's down to those lads playing to try and carry that on to put in a good performance.

"[Being in the cup] gives the lads who aren't involved and the ones who want to be in that starting XI more opportunities to show the gaffer.

"Leeds is a tough place to go, but I've been there many times before and you know what you're going to get from them and from [their manager] Neil Warnock."

Live updates from tonight's tie will be provided on this site for anyone who wants to follow the game.