Southampton full back Nathaniel Clyne comes up against his former club for the first time on Saturday – and the England under-21 international is relishing the chance to take on Palace.
Clyne left the Eagles in July 2012 following Saints’ promotion to the Premier League, having made more than 100 appearances in SE25. But the 22-year-old is yet to come up against his former employers.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash at St Mary’s, Clyne said: “Playing against my former club for the first time, I’m definitely excited. It should be a good game, both teams going at it and hopefully we’ll get the three points.
“It'll be tough but we’ve got the quality to break down opposition so hopefully we can show it again on Saturday.
“If we win then I’ll get a chance to have a little laugh with the lads that are still there and that I used to play with!”
Clyne admits he hasn’t been back to Selhurst Park to see Palace in action since he departed south London – but he knows they will provide tough opposition on Saturday.
He added: “I haven’t had time to go and see them play but I’ve followed their games and talked to a few of their players about how it’s going and obviously they are doing well. They deserve to be here in the Premier League.
“Coming from the Championship into the Premier League, going through the play-offs, winning at Wembley is a big achievement for the club. I’ve been speaking to a lot of their players and they are happy, they are buzzing from what happened last season.
“It’s a tough league and every team you play against it’s going to be difficult, but we’ve been doing well and hopefully we can keep up our good run of form.”
Interview courtesy of Saints Player.