Thursday 22 March 2018

Adkins upbeat


Simon Peach

Nigel Adkins focused on Southampton's improved performance despite yet another defensive mistake costing his side three points.

Saints had the better of proceedings at St Mary's after a week in which the position of the struggling side's manager had come under increasing scrutiny. Adkins' team responded with character and took the lead 64 minutes in when Morgan Schneiderlin made their dominance count by nodding home from close range.

However, the Premier League's leakiest defence was found wanting once more as goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga's poor pass to Maya Yoshida was picked off by one-time Southampton academy graduate Nathan Dyer, who punished the hosts.

"I think the supporters, players and everyone is having a go for each other, which is the important thing," Adkins said. "We're together as one. Everyone is having a right go, the performance was good. Listen, take the positives. We got a point.

"We wanted the three and a clean sheet but let's take the positives. We got another point on the board. Everyone's together, everyone is working hard.

"We're 11 games into the Premier League and we're improving all the time. We believe we can give all sorts of teams problems going forward, which we've gone and done this season. We've scored goals. It is the decision-making process at the back [which is the issue]. Today was an improvement.

"There is a lot of good things that we're doing and we'll stick at it and keep working hard."

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