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    JohnItaly wrote:
    magnette wrote:
    I think he should focus on the negatives and get his hard-working bunch of professionals to try very, very hard to eliminate them???
    I was going to post exactly the same sentiment so I will simply agree with you wholeheartedly.
    I think on the showing yesturday, he has been focusing on the negatives. The back four worked more as a unit and very few errors were made. No manager stood on the touch line could of done anything about the mistake made by our goalkeeper. If you were there you would of seen most of the defence shouting at Gazza that he should of put his foot through the ball and clear it, usually they just hang their heads and walk back towards the halfway line. They knew that the perfofmance up to that point was much much better and you could see the hurt they were suffering letting in that goal.

    I dont know , but would imagine when they look at the video's of Saturdays games the errors are discused. But to keep on about the Negatives ,imo, will not lift the players for the weeks training ahead of the next game. Surely you guys can see the possitives in the game ?? can you not comment on those as well. We as fans knew this was not going to be easy. You dont state weather you want the manager removed ? . Myself i am all for keeping Nigel and can see the steady improvement the team have made. It's a long way from the MAN U , CHELSEA , SPURS AND EVERTONS of this league but that's the standard i believe our club will reach given time.

    Yes i am a happy clapper but i can remember where we were before Nigel got on the bus.
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Adkins focuses on the postives

First published in Sport

Nigel Adkins focused on Southampton's improved performance against Swansea 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 founding 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 Barclays 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 in respect of the defensive resolve about ourselves.

''Again, the second half against Tottenham, you throw that into the mix. We were on the front foot and dominated that second half.

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

Asked if the result had helped reduce the pressure building at the club, Adkins added: ''I think you can see again today that the football club is united and we're determined to be successful here at Southampton.

''We should have had a penalty the other night but didn't get one so at this moment in time things just aren't going are way, but we'll keep working.''

Adkins took his side away for a break in the build-up to the game and shuffled his side around in a bid to take the three points.

Southampton moved up to 19th after a match in which Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was relieved to get a draw.

''I am pleased with a point,'' the Dane said. We knew already before the game that it would be very difficult.

''I think that I said in the press conference on Thursday that we would like to win against Southampton, but they need a win.

''You could really see that. They gave everything in every moment so it was a really difficult game. I think we can be satisfied with going away from here with a point.

''I think we did well in the first half. We did not create much today, to be honest, and in the second half they put us under pressure.''

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