"No regrets," Southampton Manager Alan Pardew will tell his players just before the Johnstone's Paint Trophy favourites step out to meet Carlisle United in Sunday's Final with 44,000 supporters packing the Saints end of Wembley Stadium.

Five seasons after their relegation from the Premier League, Saints can perhaps kick-start their drive back towards the top flight from Coca-Cola League 1 by lifting the Trophy and sending their fans back home with true hope in their hearts.

And Pardew, who knows what it's like to be a winner and a loser in Cup and Play-Off Finals both as a player and Manager, will use his own experience to stress to his team the importance of making the big day count.

The former Reading, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic boss said: "That term managers use in the dressing room, 'don't have any regrets,' is a very important term because you don't want to come off that pitch knowing you haven't given it your best.

"I took West Ham to a Play-Off Final against Crystal Palace and we didn't do ourselves justice, and there is no worse feeling than that. So I know what it's like to go to a final and not turn up, what it's like to go to a final and lose.

"You have to live with that because it's a long time before you might get there again. Trophies, whatever Final they're for, don't come round that often. Wembley is a place that can make you or break you, that's what Finals are about.

"We are hoping that it (the Trophy Final) can make a few careers here for the players and get Southampton back where they belong, somewhere in the limelight and certainly on the road to recovery."

The Saints will be urged to go marching on to that road to recovery by supporters who Pardew believes deserve to see their team higher up the League ladder. "It's a fantastic achievement to take 44,000 people to Wembley," he said.

"It gives an indication of the size of the club. We want to do that travelling band justice and some of our football this year, and in particular the last third of the season, has been very good and we need to take that standard into the Final."

Pardew is confident that Saints can win the Trophy but knows they will have their work cut out to do so against a Carlisle team that proved their mettle with a two-leg semi-final victory as underdogs against Leeds United.

"They're a good side," said Pardew. "They have a little buzz about them as you would expect and this is a great game for them - they're coming up against a big club, they'll be underdogs and they'll be able to play on that.

"We're hoping to make them nervous with our pressure and our play, that will be what we need to do. They'll be looking to surprise us with enthusiasm and endeavour, trying to get us on the back foot and let the expectation get to us.

"I think the most important thing for us is that we just try and play our natural game. It isn't always easy, but we play a high pressure game and we will put Carlisle under pressure - and it's the pressure that builds that they have to resist.

"I won't do any Churchillian speeches, I don't need to. As long as that group is set they motivate themselves, and as long as we have covered all the variables in terms of what we think is important, then the players can deliver."

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