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Lallana excited by Saints fixtures

19 June 2013 16:20

Adam Lallana is confident that Southampton's opening fixtures will give them a chance to get off to a strong start next season.

The St Mary's outfit faced a real baptism of fire in their first season back in the Premier League after seven years as their first games included title-holders Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.

However, after finishing safely in 14th place, they can enjoy an easier ride this time around as their early games include last season's strugglers Sunderland and Norwich City, who finished in 11th, after an opening-day clash at West Brom.

Captain Lallana, who is a product of Southampton's fruitful academy, was a key element in the side and featured in 30 games despite a knee ligament injury in February.

When asked about the new season, he told the club's official website: "It's a bit different to last season's fixtures.

"You'd say there are some winnable games in there, but that doesn't mean you're guaranteed three points.

"Last season everyone was bound to be excited about the fixtures and, with the tough start we got, people kind of wrote us off but we did quite well even though we didn't get the results."

The attacking midfielder confirmed that Southampton have somewhat of a score to settle when they face West Brom on August 17 after the Baggies beat them 3-0 at home, in a game that saw three players sent off, and 2-0 away.

"Everyone knows we owe them one after both results last season," he confirmed.

"We've got to settle a few scores but we'll go into those games with open minds and try not to think about that too much.

"Hopefully we'll get the results we want."

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