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Villa will be like wounded animals, warns Southampton boss

Published on Jan 11, 2013 9:47 PM
 
Southampton's English manager Nigel Adkins looks on before their English Premier League football match against Newcastle United at St.Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England, on November 25, 2012. Southampton must be ready for a backlash from "wounded animals" Aston Villa when the Premier League strugglers meet at Villa Park on Saturday, manager Nigel Adkins warned. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Southampton must be ready for a backlash from "wounded animals" Aston Villa when the Premier League strugglers meet at Villa Park on Saturday, manager Nigel Adkins warned.

Villa, entrenched in a miserable run of form, suffered a shock 1-3 defeat at fourth tier Bradford City in their League Cup semi-final, first-leg meeting on Tuesday.

"They'll be a wounded animal after that defeat against Bradford in a game they'd have been expected to win," Adkins told Southampton's website.

The teams are separated by one place and one point - with Villa 16th and Southampton 17th, just above the drop zone.

 
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