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    AFCB1 wrote:
    This_Barren_Land wrote: It sounds as if Nigel is expecting a bad decision from the Ref this week. . On Sat those TWO CLEAR and DEFINITE PENS have been questioned by the "whinging howe" and "the mouth", however EVERYONE at the game bar those 2 could see they were 100% correct. . If the "whinging howe" and "the mouth" want to question debateable pens they should start with the one at Yeovil. . IMO the "whinging howe" SHOULD BE CHARGED BY THE FA for his comments to the Ref, who only got one major decision wrong, that was when Jason was though on goal but the ref stopped play for some minor foul.
    Is that the same Eddie Howe that the majority of your fans (and probably you) wanted as their manager a month ago? Don't get mad at Eddie for turning you lot down, he had his reasons (basically self respect, pride and having a job at club in the top half of the div).
    Where did you get the idea that most of us wanted EH, I don't think so, and after the week-end rants I am glad it didn't happen, maybe later if he grows up a bit......."
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Nigel Adkins demanding respect for referees from Southampton players

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

First published in News

SAINTS boss Nigel Adkins has told his players to make sure they support match officials and accept their decisions.

Some less than stellar performances from referees and their assistants in recent weeks have deflected some focus away from Saints’ results and performances.

But Adkins insists that officials have an extremely tough job on their hands.

As a result, he always asks his players to support and back them up, as well as accepting their decisions – both right and wrong.

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Previously, Adkins has even made some of his squad members take charge of training matches so they can get some insight into the role of a referee.

“At a previous football club I used to make the lads referee the small-sided games that we have, to make them understand how difficult it is to be a referee,” he said.

“They’re out there with a hard job to do and we have got to support them.

“We must accept the decisions they go and give and we’ve got to back them all up.

“Whether you like the decisions or not you’ve got to accept them.

“You’ve got to react to them, of course, but in a positive way and try to keep your calm about it.”

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