Player warned over Hammers clash

Southampton boss Claude Puel has warned his side not to be distracted by trying to keep West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet quiet.

Southampton: Player warned over Hammers clash Southampton: Player warned over Hammers clash

The France international Payet scored a 25-yard free-kick in injury time to see off the challenge of Accrington in midweek and is without doubt the most potent weapon the Hammers have.

Puel though is wary that his players concentrate so hard on Payet that they then miss other things that are going on around them.

Puel said: “It (a free-kick from Payet) would be a good opportunity for them, and of course defending is important, but we must also concentrate on all the many good things we do on the pitch.

“He (Payet) is a very good player on the free-kicks, but our players also have many qualities and it will be difficult for West Ham to defend these players.

“It is important to keep in our minds all of the good things we can make on the pitch and not just to stay in close (attention) with the opponent, (but) to give a good answer against all of the (West Ham) team, with a good concentration.”

Forward Jay Rodriguez has been ruled out of the game with a groin problem.

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