The Southampton legend is hoping he can catch Ipswich in the promotion race.

CLUB legend Matt Le Tisseur is “very optimistic” Saints can take on Ipswich Town in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Southampton currently sit third in the Championship, just three points behind the excellent Tractor Drivers.

Russell Martin’s side did well to close the gap to the automatic promotion places after Kieran McKenna’s men failed to win their last five games.

Le Tissier is more concerned about staying above Daniel Farke’s Leeds United, who are currently four points behind the Saints in fourth.

Le Tissier told BBC Radio Solent’s Saints and Sinners podcast: “We’re talking about three points at the moment.”

“It’s nothing compared to about 20 more games. I’m very optimistic that we can overtake Ipswich.

“I’m probably a little more worried about being at Leeds. I think we can get to Ipswich but the deciding factor will be if we end up above Leeds at the end of the season.

“We play Leeds on the last day of the season. It’s going to be a pretty exciting match.”

“If it’s a crucial match that means one team gets promoted and the other goes into the play-offs, then you’ll find me at my second away game of the season with my two brothers who are Leeds United fans.

Ipswich secured a 1-0 win over St Mary’s when the two sides met earlier this season.

The defeat came during Southampton’s four-game losing streak. However, Le Tissier has a new feeling at the club as he is unbeaten in eighteen games.

“The audience experience is definitely different (this season). There is an optimistic atmosphere at the stadium before every match.”

“The way we started games where we completely dominated possession at the start of the game – the opposition were struggling to get out of their own half.”

“As a Saints fan, you feel pretty good there. It’s a completely different feeling than last season when you went to games hoping we could limit them to two or three.”

Southampton travel to Portman Road in Ipswich on April 1, two weeks after facing Leicester City in the top flight.

Author: George Rees-Julian
Source: Daily Echo

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