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Mauricio Pochettino has promised to send his team out to attack when Southampton host Crystal Palace at St Mary's on Saturday.

Southampton (2-2-1) have lost just once this season and picked up an unexpected 1-0 victory away at Liverpool last weekend. In his pre-match press conference, Pochettino vowed to look to score goals when promoted Palace visit this weekend.

"My philosophy is always to score - the more goals, the better. That's what the fans want to see and that's what I want to see as the manager as well," said the Saints manager. "However, at the beginning of the season, it's very important to have a solid start and actually get wins. If they come as 1-0 victories, then so be it.

"There's always collective work happening in the background. We have been working on not conceding, and we're reaped the benefit of that good work. I'm confident that we have the necessary quality up front to actually score more goals in the future. I want to win, the players want to win, the fans want to win and the staff want to win."

Crystal Palace (1-0-4) have struggled on their return to the top fight and were completely outclassed by Swansea in a 2-0 defeat last weekend, but will be able to welcome back manager Ian Holloway after he completed his touchline ban for criticising referees.

"Thank god for that ban being over, it makes such a difference for me, you feel so detached and away from it," said Holloway. "I know I am 50, but how bad was that (ban) for me? To sit there and feel so detached? You could argue I deserve it and my wife would say I do. I would say I was over-competitive and I get over-zealous, but you have to be calm. I have a lot to learn.

"You would like to think getting older you can mellow down a little, but I am in a competitive business where results are the only thing that counts at the end of the day. There is nothing a win won't put right, so let's get going and build on it."

Palace have injury doubts over Joel Ward (calf), Jonathan Parr (ankle), Jonathan Williams (ankle), Jack Hunt (ankle) and Lewis Price (knock), while Damien Delaney (ankle), Paddy McCarthy (groin), Yannick Bolasie (hamstring) and Glenn Murray (knee) are out. Southampton have no reported injuries.

The Saints have not scored or conceded more than one goal in any of their five matches this season. Pochettino's side have eight points after five games - it took the club 12 matches to reach that tally last season. However, the south-coast club have won just two of their last 11.

Only Sunderland have conceded more goals (11) than Crystal Palace's eight this season. Holloway's side have lost back-to-back games, scoring no goals and managing just one shot on target over the two matches.

Southampton did the double over Palace when these sides met in the Championship two seasons ago, winning both games 2-0.

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