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#PLStories- #StuartArmstorng insists that there will be no Hawthorn hangover at #FACup #SAINTSFC

Stuart Armstrong Southampton

STUART Armstrong insists there will be no hangover from Monday night’s abject display at West Brom when Saints head out at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final this weekend, insisting: “Everyone knows what’s at stake.”

Saints were well beaten 3-0 by the second-bottom Baggies at The Hawthorns, an 11th defeat in 14 Premier League matches since early January. Asked if there was a concern the performance against the Baggies could linger, having seemingly turned a corner with back-to-back wins prior to that loss,

Stuart Armstrong said: “No, football moves fast. Every game is just around the corner. We’ll analyse the game on Monday, fix what needs to be fixed and then start preparing for a big game on Sunday. That’s football. I think you’ve got to take the highs with the lows. Monday night was certainly poor, but Sunday is a fresh challenge. It’s a big game, it’s a semi-final and a new competition so we’re very excited about that going into the weekend.”

Stuart Armstrong added: “We need to learn and improve on what we did poorly on Monday and then put it out of our minds because Sunday is a fresh game. Different style of play, different opponent and it will be a new test.”

Discussing the prospect of being just two games away from achieving something special with Saints in winning the FA Cup, a feat only previously achieved under Lawrie McMenemy in 1976,

Stuart Armstrong said: “In our minds it’s one game. It’s certainly a big one. Everyone knows what’s at stake, but we need to get there first. So first of all we must focus on our preparation and put that into a good performance.”

The other semi-final sees Chelsea face Manchester City on Saturday.

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