Dyer hoping to be a sinner against old club Saints
NATHAN Dyer heads back to Southampton tomorrow looking to repeat the impact he made on his last visit.
Dyer enjoyed a goalscoring return to St Mary's 11 months ago, coming off the bench to cancel out Morgan Schneiderlin's strike as Swansea City returned home with a point.
Netting against his former club brought mixed emotions for Dyer, who came through the Saints youth system before moving to South Wales in 2009.
But he will be aiming to deal Southampton a similar blow tomorrow and halt their impressive start to the season under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
"It will be nice to go back to where I started my career. I was there as a young boy and there's a lot of good memories there for me," said Dyer.
"All that aside, it's going to be a tough game and we will have to be on top form.
"Last season was bittersweet if anything. It was a good point for us, but I scored against my old side. This time we want to go there and cause some more trouble and get three points. They're doing really well. They've signed some good players who have gelled well and the manager seems to know what he wants.
"He seems like a manager who wants his players to play football, they've a lot of quality there and are going to be a strong team."
With Michael Laudrup again expected to shuffle his pack, Dyer could start against the Saints after only featuring as a second-half substitute in Thursday's Europa League triumph over St Gallen.
The winger was introduced with half an hour left against the Swiss side but soon made his mark.
St Gallen struggled to deal with Dyer's pace and trickery and he might have scored when his well-struck volley forced Daniel Lopar into a smart save.
"That was a good connection so I thought it was in," he said.
"In the Premier League you know exactly who you're up against, the players a team have and their strengths.
"It takes a bit more homework in Europe. As a team we have to rotate, there are a lot of games, and the team changes here to there. It's not a first XI so everyone has to be ready. We all know the style and the philosophy of our play and our roles in it. Training with each other, we know how to slot in and we can gel quickly.
"There's still competition and everyone who comes off the bench or comes into the side gives it their all because you have to be on top form or you may not get a look in."
Dyer was left out of Thursday's starting line-up after playing 90 minutes against Arsenal four days earlier and scoring when he began at Crystal Palace before that.
And the 25-year-old accepts that he will have to sit out some matches.
"You can't go into games wondering if you're starting or not because your head can go down if you're not," he added.
"You just have to be prepared to help the team in whatever way.
"The number of games we have means you have to be realistic that no-one is going to play every one.
"We need rest, we need to be at our strongest every time and that's why the manager is making the changes."