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    Velleity wrote:
    redandy10 wrote:
    Thornhill Saint wrote:
    Folkestone Saint wrote:
    scooter75 wrote:
    I think N/A has worked out that he cant do no wrong ..even if every home game ended in defeat 28000 fans would dance and cheer for him according to his devotees on this site so a draw is a fantastic result.
    So would you rather support a poor prem team or a p1ss poor div 1 team
    The draw was not fantastic or ideal. I think though there is a feeling that the issues are being dealt with.

    Saturday's team was one that really motivated me and other fans that I spoke to. It is almost as though NC and NA went through the DE website posts, went through tapes of Uncle Dave's commentaries and low and behold there it was rightly or wrongly ...... the fans franken-team.

    Fans wanted it - here it is.

    Rodriguez should not play with Lambert - Done

    Guly should be dropped all together - Done

    Shaw should start instead of Fox - Done

    Ramirez should come in and Cork should come in instead of Davis - Done

    Lambert should play the full 90 minutes - Done

    - There should be no substitutions which interrupt our ascendancy - Done

    For one game at least, there was a definite shift in direction. It is not down to the fans of course, but in this change of direction, "together as one" means more, the result and performance were pretty good and we have every reason to feel optimistic come QPR.

    Spot on! The Saints fans who keep singing his name are a joke! I think they do it so they can get some attention from the national press, who usually mention that he has the backing of the fans. Nobody is saying boo him, but to praise him, for what? Not settling on a GK before the season starts, having all summer to put together a decent defense, shipping off Billy Sharp or, twice leaving Lambert on the bench. This burning desire to show,"look how faithful we are" is a little on the sad side, no?
    It's called "support".

    Perhaps we appreciate a manager who has brought us so far so soon.

    Also, shipping Billy Sharp off was one of his better decisions. Sharp is simply not good enough for the Premiership.
    With the resources Adkins had, Bagpuss would have got us back to back promotions. And the last one may not have come down to the last day of the season! Trying three GKs in the first six games shows a manger who hasn't settled on a keeper. That should have been done & dusted by the end of pre season. This weeks keeper is a twenty year old, whose experience is made up of 20 appearances for Gillingham. Now he's a Premier league goalkeeper, seriously? Poor old Clyne is twenty one and he's thrown in to play with the three stooges. How can anyone expect us not to let in a lot of goals!

    Bill Sharp bought for 1.8 mill, 5 months later adios, why buy him in the first place? It's not like he was a regular starter. We had already bought Lee. Jay has potential but doesn't look ready for the Premiership, he should have been blooded slowly. And by the way Do Prado and Punchoen are also not Premiership standard, why not try to get rid of those two?

    To me Adkins made SFC's bed in the pre season, if you and the rest want to lie in it, be my guest. If I do a bad job in my profession, I'm out. Because Nigel Adkins is a nice bloke he should be protected?

    Our problems this season have been down to bad decisions, not injuries or bad luck. We look out of our depth. West Ham came up through the play offs, they are sixth, why? Good planning & decision making!"
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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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