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Though his side have enjoyed some fine form this season and sit ninth in the table, the Argentine wants better results at St Mary's Stadium, starting with Norwich City on Saturday

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful that the club can arrest their disappointing home form and finish the season on a high.

The Saints have won just one of their last eight league games at St Mary's Stadium but have picked up points against high-flyers Manchester City and Arsenal in that time, while victory against Norwich City on Saturday could move them back up to eighth if Newcastle fail to beat Fulham.

Pochettino is eager to turn draws into wins on home turf and finish in the top eight come the end of his first full season in charge of the club.

"This club is having a historic season with the number of away wins we've had but we could've done better in some home games," the Argentine stated to reporters. "We want to continue playing well and to change the dynamic of the results we're getting at home.

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"We're ninth in the table but we want to be eighth and to keep climbing. [On Saturday] we have an opportunity to do that [but it] will be very difficult. I think it'll be similar to last week's against Crystal Palace. That was a good lesson for us."

The club confirmed the appointment of Ralph Krueger as chairman on Wednesday after the departure of Nicola Cortese in January and Pochettino is hopeful that the south-coast side will enjoy stability under the guidance of the German, who has never before held a role in football.

"It's clear that this club needs tranquility after the upheaval of January. We need to move forward in a calm and relaxed manner," the manager added.

"When I spoke to [owner] Katharina Liebherr for five minutes before my press conference in January [after Cortese's exit], she told me that she wouldn't sell the club. From my point of view, the speculation ended when Katharina told me there was no intention to sell the club."

Pochettino also confirmed that midfielder Victor Wanyama is doubtful for Saturday's game after "falling back into the [leg] injury he had three months ago" in midweek, while Jack Cork is set for a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

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