Confidence still high in Saints camp - Adkins

Confidence still high in Saints camp - Adkins

Confidence still high in Saints camp - Adkins

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SAINTS boss Nigel Adkins insisted that confidence remains high despite defeat at home to Spurs.

A spirited second-half was not enough to cancel out the two goals conceded during a woeful first 45 minutes at St Mary’s. Saints trailed 2-0 at half-time, with former player Gareth Bale opening the scoring, before Jay Rodriguez set up a rousing finish with his first Premier League goal midway through the second half.

Adkins said: “The reaction of the players to going behind showed great character and passion and gave ourselves a chance of winning the game “We’ve got everyone pulling in the same direction, which is important, and that gives us an opportunity to achieve what we want to achieve this season.

“We’re positive in everything we do, we keep working hard on the training ground and the lads have had a good week.

"Confidence is high and needs to remain high, it’s about sticking shoulder to shoulder with your mate and getting on with it.

“We’ve come a long way in a very short space of time and this is a first experience for a lot of people.

“Maybe we need a bit more belief, not look at the names on the back of the opposition shirt or the team sheet, and just go out and do what we do.

“We’re facing a great challenge, but when we look back we can say we worked very hard for each other during this spell and we’ll enjoy the successful period when it arrives."

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8:27pm Sun 28 Oct 12

iswhite10 says...

But confidence was NOT high in the first half Nigel, why?
Please stop pedalling these platitudes to us.
It's no long a first experience for the players, they've already faced last years champions and runners up.
We're not stupid.
As the reaction to going behind definitely did NOT happen until the second half.
So why we're we so bad in the first? I. Very worried about Nigel's ability to send the team out with the right attitude now.
But confidence was NOT high in the first half Nigel, why? Please stop pedalling these platitudes to us. It's no long a first experience for the players, they've already faced last years champions and runners up. We're not stupid. As the reaction to going behind definitely did NOT happen until the second half. So why we're we so bad in the first? I. Very worried about Nigel's ability to send the team out with the right attitude now. iswhite10
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8:41pm Sun 28 Oct 12

kent141 says...

Taxi for Adkins !!!
Taxi for Adkins !!! kent141
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8:44pm Sun 28 Oct 12

magnette says...

Some of the players aren't of the right standard, this is compounded by the belief that attack is more important that defence and defenders are told to stray forwards. There was no way that Adkins and NC have had enough time to recruit the necessary staff and a bit of limping through is gonna have to be suffered till next transfer window. November looks easier??
Some of the players aren't of the right standard, this is compounded by the belief that attack is more important that defence and defenders are told to stray forwards. There was no way that Adkins and NC have had enough time to recruit the necessary staff and a bit of limping through is gonna have to be suffered till next transfer window. November looks easier?? magnette
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8:48pm Sun 28 Oct 12

Block41row0sfc says...

iswhite10 wrote:
But confidence was NOT high in the first half Nigel, why?
Please stop pedalling these platitudes to us.
It's no long a first experience for the players, they've already faced last years champions and runners up.
We're not stupid.
As the reaction to going behind definitely did NOT happen until the second half.
So why we're we so bad in the first? I. Very worried about Nigel's ability to send the team out with the right attitude now.
There 2 goals were dreadful on our behalf. But when adkins got them in at half time he sent out a complete different team. People all have there own opinions and I'm not saying anyones wrong but it's his first year in this league. I don't think anyone availible other than pep guadriola would do a better job and even still it would take him time. Just remember it wasn't so long ago we were in admin minus 10 had a clueless Dutch block as manager and a bunch of kids playing. I am thankful for having a football club to support and 3 succesful years. What is one year of misery. COYRAWM!!!!
[quote][p][bold]iswhite10[/bold] wrote: But confidence was NOT high in the first half Nigel, why? Please stop pedalling these platitudes to us. It's no long a first experience for the players, they've already faced last years champions and runners up. We're not stupid. As the reaction to going behind definitely did NOT happen until the second half. So why we're we so bad in the first? I. Very worried about Nigel's ability to send the team out with the right attitude now.[/p][/quote]There 2 goals were dreadful on our behalf. But when adkins got them in at half time he sent out a complete different team. People all have there own opinions and I'm not saying anyones wrong but it's his first year in this league. I don't think anyone availible other than pep guadriola would do a better job and even still it would take him time. Just remember it wasn't so long ago we were in admin minus 10 had a clueless Dutch block as manager and a bunch of kids playing. I am thankful for having a football club to support and 3 succesful years. What is one year of misery. COYRAWM!!!! Block41row0sfc
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9:28pm Sun 28 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

What is up with the DE two threads with different headings saying the same thing?
What is up with the DE two threads with different headings saying the same thing? OSPREYSAINT
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10:04pm Sun 28 Oct 12

buster gutt says...

kent141 wrote:
Taxi for Adkins !!!
On your bike chum.Back the manager and the team.Were you one of boo boys today.I thought it was a disgrace that a few were booing the team at half time.But the other 99.9% were really great and really backed the team and so should you Kent and those other Negs on the site.
NC come out NOW and back your man why are you staying silent
[quote][p][bold]kent141[/bold] wrote: Taxi for Adkins !!![/p][/quote]On your bike chum.Back the manager and the team.Were you one of boo boys today.I thought it was a disgrace that a few were booing the team at half time.But the other 99.9% were really great and really backed the team and so should you Kent and those other Negs on the site. NC come out NOW and back your man why are you staying silent buster gutt
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10:39pm Sun 28 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
iswhite10 wrote:
But confidence was NOT high in the first half Nigel, why?
Please stop pedalling these platitudes to us.
It's no long a first experience for the players, they've already faced last years champions and runners up.
We're not stupid.
As the reaction to going behind definitely did NOT happen until the second half.
So why we're we so bad in the first? I. Very worried about Nigel's ability to send the team out with the right attitude now.
There 2 goals were dreadful on our behalf. But when adkins got them in at half time he sent out a complete different team. People all have there own opinions and I'm not saying anyones wrong but it's his first year in this league. I don't think anyone availible other than pep guadriola would do a better job and even still it would take him time. Just remember it wasn't so long ago we were in admin minus 10 had a clueless Dutch block as manager and a bunch of kids playing. I am thankful for having a football club to support and 3 succesful years. What is one year of misery. COYRAWM!!!!
Oh yes I remember minus 10 and how much damage it caused, in very unfair circumstances, but as our Blue Phew friends keep harping on about history, it is just that, history.
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iswhite10[/bold] wrote: But confidence was NOT high in the first half Nigel, why? Please stop pedalling these platitudes to us. It's no long a first experience for the players, they've already faced last years champions and runners up. We're not stupid. As the reaction to going behind definitely did NOT happen until the second half. So why we're we so bad in the first? I. Very worried about Nigel's ability to send the team out with the right attitude now.[/p][/quote]There 2 goals were dreadful on our behalf. But when adkins got them in at half time he sent out a complete different team. People all have there own opinions and I'm not saying anyones wrong but it's his first year in this league. I don't think anyone availible other than pep guadriola would do a better job and even still it would take him time. Just remember it wasn't so long ago we were in admin minus 10 had a clueless Dutch block as manager and a bunch of kids playing. I am thankful for having a football club to support and 3 succesful years. What is one year of misery. COYRAWM!!!![/p][/quote]Oh yes I remember minus 10 and how much damage it caused, in very unfair circumstances, but as our Blue Phew friends keep harping on about history, it is just that, history. OSPREYSAINT
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4:09am Mon 29 Oct 12

Terry Fulford says...

Sorry but Mr Adkins must go we can't afford to be relegated. (Concerned.)
Sorry but Mr Adkins must go we can't afford to be relegated. (Concerned.) Terry Fulford
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8:19am Mon 29 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Terry Fulford wrote:
Sorry but Mr Adkins must go we can't afford to be relegated. (Concerned.)
We are all concerned, but what exactly do you mean by can't afford? A bit simplistic.
[quote][p][bold]Terry Fulford[/bold] wrote: Sorry but Mr Adkins must go we can't afford to be relegated. (Concerned.)[/p][/quote]We are all concerned, but what exactly do you mean by can't afford? A bit simplistic. OSPREYSAINT
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9:00am Mon 29 Oct 12

AndyAndrews says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Terry Fulford wrote:
Sorry but Mr Adkins must go we can't afford to be relegated. (Concerned.)
We are all concerned, but what exactly do you mean by can't afford? A bit simplistic.
I'll be simplistic: SACK ADKINS!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Terry Fulford[/bold] wrote: Sorry but Mr Adkins must go we can't afford to be relegated. (Concerned.)[/p][/quote]We are all concerned, but what exactly do you mean by can't afford? A bit simplistic.[/p][/quote]I'll be simplistic: SACK ADKINS! AndyAndrews
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9:16am Mon 29 Oct 12

Tubbystubb says...

I wish the NA doubters would just shut up and give the man a chance. Yes we are all dissappointed to be in the relegation zone but it's still early days in a season that was certainly going to be a tough one.
At the start of the campaign I would have settled for finishing fourth from bottom of the league and not only will I still settle for that, but I firmly believe that we'll actually finish higher than that after seeing the way we've played sometimes.
Before the start of the season I'm sure NA thought that his players were good enough to make an impression in this league given our last few seasons. However results to date may of altered his mind and we might see some additions in January, but I still have faith that we'll be alright and survive in this division.

Two things though:

1) I would like to see Mayuka in the starting line up after the impression he made on the team yesterday when he came on, perhaps with JP as an impact sub.

2) After reading NA's post match quote in todays Telegraph,(copied below), it appears we're now on a boat and not a bus, perhaps it might help if sea sickness pills were sold in the club shop.

“Listen, we’ve had plain sailing for the last two years,” he said. “The wind’s been at our back, it’s been calm waters, we’ve had back-to-back promotions. There’s every chance there’s going to be a period during the course of the season when the weather gets a bit choppy, the wind goes against you.

“That’s when you batten down the hatches, you stick together and you ride out the wave of the storm. When you come through that, we can enjoy the good times again.”
I wish the NA doubters would just shut up and give the man a chance. Yes we are all dissappointed to be in the relegation zone but it's still early days in a season that was certainly going to be a tough one. At the start of the campaign I would have settled for finishing fourth from bottom of the league and not only will I still settle for that, but I firmly believe that we'll actually finish higher than that after seeing the way we've played sometimes. Before the start of the season I'm sure NA thought that his players were good enough to make an impression in this league given our last few seasons. However results to date may of altered his mind and we might see some additions in January, but I still have faith that we'll be alright and survive in this division. Two things though: 1) I would like to see Mayuka in the starting line up after the impression he made on the team yesterday when he came on, perhaps with JP as an impact sub. 2) After reading NA's post match quote in todays Telegraph,(copied below), it appears we're now on a boat and not a bus, perhaps it might help if sea sickness pills were sold in the club shop. “Listen, we’ve had plain sailing for the last two years,” he said. “The wind’s been at our back, it’s been calm waters, we’ve had back-to-back promotions. There’s every chance there’s going to be a period during the course of the season when the weather gets a bit choppy, the wind goes against you. “That’s when you batten down the hatches, you stick together and you ride out the wave of the storm. When you come through that, we can enjoy the good times again.” Tubbystubb
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10:10am Mon 29 Oct 12

St.Yorkie says...

It concerns me we have no natural leader on the pitch. Lallana did his best impression of a headless chicken yet yesterday - everywhere but nowhere!
Second half I thought Davis took control of the middle - but I think it was because Spurs tired.
No one seems to want the ball - we pass it around the back - get into midfield, and then back again. Only JayRod seemed to want to run into channels and receive a punt because noone else created any space for themselves.
Don't get me started on Puncheon - felt he offered very little offensively (or defensively).
Disappointed that the troups at the front can't sort it out. I seem to remember JWP going to the side and speak with Adkins half way through one game at home - and instantly our shape and possession changed for the better. Is it because the senior pro's are too good to ask?
Rickie for all his running looked a shadow of himself yesterday. The 2-forwards do so much to close the defense down so they normally have to hoof it - but Spurs had players in space for the short pass. All that effort wasted.
I'm not one for formation analysis but at times yesterday we looked like we were playing 4-2-4, never mind 4-5-1 or 4-4-2.
We were raped at times in the first half - we looked like the preverbial frightened rabbits in the headlights.
"We score when we like" sang the Spurs fans...and to be honest 5-0 at HT would not have been an exaggeration of their dominance but for poor finishing.
Thankfully we go to Leeds tomorrow - not sure if it will be a confidence booster - but a nice respite for some of the squad.
It concerns me we have no natural leader on the pitch. Lallana did his best impression of a headless chicken yet yesterday - everywhere but nowhere! Second half I thought Davis took control of the middle - but I think it was because Spurs tired. No one seems to want the ball - we pass it around the back - get into midfield, and then back again. Only JayRod seemed to want to run into channels and receive a punt because noone else created any space for themselves. Don't get me started on Puncheon - felt he offered very little offensively (or defensively). Disappointed that the troups at the front can't sort it out. I seem to remember JWP going to the side and speak with Adkins half way through one game at home - and instantly our shape and possession changed for the better. Is it because the senior pro's are too good to ask? Rickie for all his running looked a shadow of himself yesterday. The 2-forwards do so much to close the defense down so they normally have to hoof it - but Spurs had players in space for the short pass. All that effort wasted. I'm not one for formation analysis but at times yesterday we looked like we were playing 4-2-4, never mind 4-5-1 or 4-4-2. We were raped at times in the first half - we looked like the preverbial frightened rabbits in the headlights. "We score when we like" sang the Spurs fans...and to be honest 5-0 at HT would not have been an exaggeration of their dominance but for poor finishing. Thankfully we go to Leeds tomorrow - not sure if it will be a confidence booster - but a nice respite for some of the squad. St.Yorkie
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10:17am Mon 29 Oct 12

bluehants says...

confidence remains high here too tht you willbe going Down!



luvin it, stains thinking they deserve to be in prem,

ha ha haha ha a ha
confidence remains high here too tht you willbe going Down! luvin it, stains thinking they deserve to be in prem, ha ha haha ha a ha bluehants
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10:22am Mon 29 Oct 12

bluehants says...

paint that lovely stadium blue fill it with real fans who know how to support a club through thick and thin, why not let us instruct you how to really create an atmosphere and how to get behind your team

we need the money, you need all the help you can get

too late on the pitch tho. :-)
paint that lovely stadium blue fill it with real fans who know how to support a club through thick and thin, why not let us instruct you how to really create an atmosphere and how to get behind your team we need the money, you need all the help you can get too late on the pitch tho. :-) bluehants
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11:48am Mon 29 Oct 12

SO50 Saint says...

Yea let's have a pack the park campaign and actually not fill the stadium good idea Skunt. Good luck tonight your gonna need it will be a long old trip home from Yorkshire as well
Yea let's have a pack the park campaign and actually not fill the stadium good idea Skunt. Good luck tonight your gonna need it will be a long old trip home from Yorkshire as well SO50 Saint
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11:58am Mon 29 Oct 12

StPete says...

To the boo boys. You soon became quiet when the big fella next to me turned round and told you all to shut up. What's the matter? Too much of a pansy to stand by your pathetic booing?

Support the team you morons
To the boo boys. You soon became quiet when the big fella next to me turned round and told you all to shut up. What's the matter? Too much of a pansy to stand by your pathetic booing? Support the team you morons StPete
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12:41pm Mon 29 Oct 12

aldermoorboy says...

Keep Nigel and the Saints will stay up.
Spurs are a great side and we gave them a good game.
We must beat QPR/ Reading etc and we will, great support from 99% of supporters.
Keep Nigel and the Saints will stay up. Spurs are a great side and we gave them a good game. We must beat QPR/ Reading etc and we will, great support from 99% of supporters. aldermoorboy
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3:34pm Mon 29 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

aldermoorboy wrote:
Keep Nigel and the Saints will stay up.
Spurs are a great side and we gave them a good game.
We must beat QPR/ Reading etc and we will, great support from 99% of supporters.
TOO TRUE.we have already beaten Villa who i think will go down.we must beat QPR,READING,NORWICH,
SWANSEA AND SUNDERLAND HOME AND AWAY AND get revenge against WEST HAM AT HOME.STUFF wIGAN AWAY AND BEAT VILLA AWAY.ThaTS 39 MORE POINTS.EASY ON PAPER AND IN CYBER SPACE but DREAms do come true.COME ON YOU REDS
[quote][p][bold]aldermoorboy[/bold] wrote: Keep Nigel and the Saints will stay up. Spurs are a great side and we gave them a good game. We must beat QPR/ Reading etc and we will, great support from 99% of supporters.[/p][/quote]TOO TRUE.we have already beaten Villa who i think will go down.we must beat QPR,READING,NORWICH, SWANSEA AND SUNDERLAND HOME AND AWAY AND get revenge against WEST HAM AT HOME.STUFF wIGAN AWAY AND BEAT VILLA AWAY.ThaTS 39 MORE POINTS.EASY ON PAPER AND IN CYBER SPACE but DREAms do come true.COME ON YOU REDS CB FRY LIVES
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9:37pm Mon 29 Oct 12

Bingo from Sholing says...

I was at the game. Our defeat was due to incompetent and slack defensive marking. Closer marking is needed. Our tackling in midfield was almost non-existent in the first half. Spurs ran right through us. We need more steel than that. I cannot understand why Kelvin D wasn't playing. He commands the penalty area better than the alternatives, and is a much better stopper. I wouldn't play Jay Rodrigez because I do not think he is the standard of a premiership player, yet. The same could be said of Fox. I thought Lambert, Lallana, and Puncheon were fine. Ben Reeves looks useful when he came on.The confidence has slipped from the team, but we can put it right. We know Nigel A will fix things, and it is intriguing to see which areas of our game improve with each match. Football can be a thinking game too, as well as shouting and criticising
I was at the game. Our defeat was due to incompetent and slack defensive marking. Closer marking is needed. Our tackling in midfield was almost non-existent in the first half. Spurs ran right through us. We need more steel than that. I cannot understand why Kelvin D wasn't playing. He commands the penalty area better than the alternatives, and is a much better stopper. I wouldn't play Jay Rodrigez because I do not think he is the standard of a premiership player, yet. The same could be said of Fox. I thought Lambert, Lallana, and Puncheon were fine. Ben Reeves looks useful when he came on.The confidence has slipped from the team, but we can put it right. We know Nigel A will fix things, and it is intriguing to see which areas of our game improve with each match. Football can be a thinking game too, as well as shouting and criticising Bingo from Sholing
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10:56pm Mon 29 Oct 12

TEBOURBA says...

NA is beginning to get annoying, quoting poetry, on board the ship in a storm and standing shoulder to shoulder, whilst match after match the defence run around like headless chickens.
The fact is he, the coaching staff, the players have no PL experience at all.
He may have led us to the promised land but is he good enough to keep us here?
The sooner he admits that he needs some help and Saints bring in an experienced coach to help him the sooner things will improve, do nothing and nothing will change.
After watching WBA yesterday,I confidently predict Saints are on to a hiding at the Hawthorns conceding at least three goals.
I'm afraid ostrich and sand spring to mind when listening to NA these days it's all getting repetitive and a bit irksome.
NA is beginning to get annoying, quoting poetry, on board the ship in a storm and standing shoulder to shoulder, whilst match after match the defence run around like headless chickens. The fact is he, the coaching staff, the players have no PL experience at all. He may have led us to the promised land but is he good enough to keep us here? The sooner he admits that he needs some help and Saints bring in an experienced coach to help him the sooner things will improve, do nothing and nothing will change. After watching WBA yesterday,I confidently predict Saints are on to a hiding at the Hawthorns conceding at least three goals. I'm afraid ostrich and sand spring to mind when listening to NA these days it's all getting repetitive and a bit irksome. TEBOURBA
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