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Saints boss Nigel Adkins gets backing of midfielder Jack Cork
8:38am Monday 12th November 2012 in Sport
JACK Cork insists that the entire Saints squad are behind Nigel Adkins and will continue to give their all for him.
The midfielder returned to the fold at the weekend from injury and immediately lent his support to the club’s under-fire manager.
Cork, one of the stars of the show in the draw with Swansea, said: “The gaffer’s done great here two years.
“The lads have always given their all for the last two years and they’re not going to stop doing it now just because things aren’t really going our way.
“The lads are always going to play how we have played and keep playing for the gaffer.
“We know the way he plays and the way he likes to do it and I know the lads all like it having him here.
He’s a good gaffer.”
Cork had not played a minute of Premier League football this season after an unfortunate run of luck with injuries But he returned from a knee problem in fine fashion on Saturday, producing a dominant display in the centre of midfield.
“I thought I was only going to get an hour or 70 minutes, but I felt really good, so I just stayed on,” said the 23-year-old.
“I’m happy with how I played. It’s just disappointing. We played really well, the lads have done great, and it’s just so unfortunate that we haven’t got the three points, because we desperately need them at the minute.
“But if we keep playing like that I’m sure it will come along eventually.”
Cork added: “We’ve had a great couple of years, some great memories.
This is one of those years when things aren’t going our way and we’ll find out what we’re really made of and try and get the results going again.
“We had the winning mentality for the last two years, there’s no reason why we just suddenly lose it.”
Cork revealed that Adam Lallana felt he should have been awarded a penalty against the Swans. The Saints captain was booked by referee Andre Marriner for allegedly diving under pressure from Ashley Williams, while he was also denied a spot kick when he went down following Garry Monk’s challenge lateon.
“He thinks it was a penalty,” said Cork. “He said he’s not that sort of guy to dive. He’s a good honest player and I don’t think Adam would do that.”
Like the rest of the Saints squad, Cork’s focus is now turning to the clash with QPR, at Loftus Road, on Saturday, where 19th in the division will play 20th.
“We’ve got a massive game next week against QPR and hopefully we can go there and take some points there.”