Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Friday April 14 2006
15th April 2005
Southampton are this week's visitors to the Britannia as the Potters look to put the backroom politics aside and concentrate on getting all three points.
Saints' manager, George Burley arrives on the back of seven points out of the last three games and has now guaranteed them Championship survival.
Clint Hill has been discussing the game on the official website. He is targeting maximum points from the last two home games and a large turnout for Easter Saturday and "kids for a quid" day: 'It's brilliant for the kids and for us, we've been crying out for a little extra when we've been struggling this season and the crowds have been low.
'We've haven't done too well at home overall this season, so hopefully in the last two home games against Southampton and Coventry we can give the supporters something to cheer about.'
Josip Skoko is out with a groin injury as is Lewis Buxton with a thigh problem. Hannes Sigurdsson is sidelined for the rest of the season after having an operation on a hernia.
Johan Boskamp will continue his policy of giving the youngsters a chance in the starting eleven and will choose from either Carl Dickinson or Andy Wilkinson.
After a rollicking from coach, Noel Blake before the game at Ipswich last week, Sammy scored his first goal this year. With luck - and another blast from Blake - he can repeat the feat in front of the home fans.
Injuries abound in the Southampton camp.
Peter Madsen and Dexter Blackstock are both struggling for the game.
Madsen has missed training this week with a virus while Blackstock has a minor hamstring problem.
Darren Kenton is unlikely to quite have recovered from his hamstring injury but David Prutton hopes to figure after 10 weeks on the sidelines with a damaged ankle. Danny Higginbotham is out for the final fortnight of the season with a knee injury as is Matthew Oakley with an ankle problem.
Returned from a recent loan spell at Ipswich and has scored three goals in the last two games.
This is the first meeting at the Britannia for the two clubs. Stoke were on the end of a 2-0 defeat at the game down at St. Mary;s back in October.
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Date:Friday April 14 2006
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