Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Adkins wants more from high-flying Saints

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has called for further improvement despite seeing his side rack-up their 19th home victory in succession against Peterborough on Tuesday.

The Saints are five points clear at the top of the Championship after 10 wins, three draws and just two defeats from their opening 15 games of the season.

After earning promotion from League One last campaign the soccer betting is suggesting that the south coast club look likely to emulate Norwich City and earn back-to-back promotions.

A return to the top flight after a seven year absence would be a welcome relief for Saints fans, who saw the team go close to financial ruin following relegation in 2005.

Despite being highly fancied by those who bet on the Championship boss Adkins still saw scope for improvement in his side’s performance, no doubt to ensure they are kept on their toes.

We have played the game very well in the first half and were 2-0 up. We started the second half very brightly and were dominating so I took Adam off to look after him and likewise with Guly, but we didn't move the ball as quickly as I would have liked to, and the players are well aware of that.

"We needed to zip the ball around a bit more and psychologically at times when you are 2-0 up against 10 men it is hard to break the opposition down. That is something that we will talk about in our de-brief and work upon, but the important thing is that we have gone and won the game.

"We didn't pass the ball well enough, we are all aware of that, we needed to move the ball a lot quicker, but it is three points and nineteen wins in a row at home so we keep marching on."

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