Southern promises respect for Pool

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IF Keith Southern fires one into the top corner against Blackpool tonight, don’t expect him to celebrate.

The midfielder spent 10 years with the Seasiders before his £300,000 summer move to Huddersfield.

The popular 31-year-old returns to Bloomfield Road for this evening’s 7:45pm kick-off, facing the strange prospect of playing against Blackpool for the first time in his career.

And although the admits he’d love to score in the match which would see Pool go top of the Championship with a victory, Southern won’t be rubbing it in anyone’s faces if he finds the net.

He told The Gazette: “It would be disrespectful to Blackpool’s fans if I was to celebrate, but I’m due a goal so I might pop up with one on Monday night.

“Don’t get me wrong, it would be lovely for me to score at Bloomfield Road, but I don’t think I’d have it in my heart to celebrate.

“That would not be what Blackpool Football Club deserve from me and it’s not what the fans deserve. They have been ever so good to me over the years.”

Many of those fans were surprised by Southern’s departure. The former Everton man had been part of the furniture at Bloomfield Road since 2002.

But he hasn’t had to wait long to return, adding: “I’ve been looking forward to this fixture for a few weeks. Obviously I’ve had to get my mind on the other games beforehand but I’m really looking forward to it.

“We are coming into the game in decent form and I’m really looking forward to seeing some friendly faces.

“I’m sure I’ll have a drink in the bar after the game but it’s business as usual for those 90 minutes.

“I’ll be trying my utmost to put one over on my friends and get a win for Huddersfield.”

Southern made well over 300 appearances for Blackpool, so it’s no surprise the place is still close to his heart.

He admitted: “Blackpool’s is the first result I look for when I get back to the dressing rooms after our games and I still keep in touch with the lads – Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey, Ian Evatt and others. Quite a few of them will be friends for the rest of my life.

“Apart from Monday’s game, I hope Blackpool go on and achieve everything they want to.

“They deserve it – I said that to Ian Holloway when I left.

“The club is full of fantastic people and I hope they win every game, except the two I play against them”

Southern has played in all six of Huddersfield’s Championship games and arrives at Blackpool tonight on the back of wins over Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.

They are unbeaten in the league since the opening weekend and Southern added: “I’m really enjoying it. We’ve had a good start to the season.

“We should probably have more points on the board but overall it’s been fantastic.

“I’m playing every week and playing well, so I’m enjoying my football. The move has given me a new lease of life.

“We’ve been playing really well and everyone knows about Blackpool’s form, so it all makes for a classic.

“All the pressure is on Blackpool. They are flying at the top of the league and have a load of star players.

“But we’ve got some top players of our own and hopefully we can show people what we are all about in front of the Sky cameras.”