Adam Lallana says Southampton's players are believing in themselves more after Newcastle win

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Saints captain Adam Lallana says the club's players have discovered greater belief in themselves following their recent upturn in form.

At times this campaign Nigel Adkins’ men have looked like a side struggling for confidence and lacking faith in their own ability.

That was perhaps unsurprising, given the struggles they endured in the opening weeks.

However, they have been transformed in the last two weeks, with yesterday’s resounding victory over Newcastle earning them back-toback wins for the first time in the Premier League this term and extending their unbeaten run to three matches.

Crucially, the result also lifted them out of the relegation zone.

“I feel the lads are believing a lot more, and the confidence is showing,” declared Lallana, who scored the opening goal – the 49th strike of his Saints career.

The skipper has now challenged the team to build on that feeling when they host Norwich on Wednesday.

“It’s back-to-back wins now and we want to make it a third on Wednesday night,” said Lallana.

“You pick up back-to-back wins, or get a few good results, and you can find yourself four or five places up the league, and that’s where we want to go.

“We’ve got a great chance Wednesday night to do that.

“We’ve got a big chance to try and pull a bit further away from the drop zone, and we want to take that chance.”

Lallana said that Saints’ performance against Newcastle was the club’s best of the season, and admitted the only disappointment was that the scoreline was not more lopsided.

“It would have been nice to get a couple more goals,” he said. “We’ve hit the woodwork three or four times and Jay (Rodriguez) has had a goal disallowed. But we kept a clean sheet and it was an all-round great display.”

The 24-year-old hailed the performance of his fellow goalscorer and “class act” Gaston Ramirez,
who also set up Lallana’s opener.

“He had a bad injury, which he was out for four weeks,” said Lallana. “He came back and maybe he was a little bit rusty, but we all know what ability the lad has, and it’s a pleasure to play with him and train with him and hopefully we can all learn from him. He’s started to gel really well.”

The last two games have been notable for some fine attacking play from the front four of Lallana, Ramirez, Jason Puncheon and Rickie Lambert.

Lallana believes the quartet are becoming increasingly dangerous as their understanding develops. 

“We’re starting to find our feet and just learn off each other and play well, and we’re creating chances, which is what we want to achieve.”

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10:02am Mon 26 Nov 12

kent141 says...

The cauldron of noise yesterday was superb and the best ive known,
when the Stones came on stage it was deafening unlike a few people singing we love you nigel at the game.
The cauldron of noise yesterday was superb and the best ive known, when the Stones came on stage it was deafening unlike a few people singing we love you nigel at the game. kent141
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10:49am Mon 26 Nov 12

southwest saint says...

Well done saints and well done Nigel Adkins.
It is essential to our football club to give Nigel Adkins time. We must ride the storms that have come our way so far.
We have known for two seasons that we have a winning combination at our club.
In the past we would have been on our second manager of the season by now
While we have had a poor start it is just fantastic to see the team start to gel.
The great thing for me is the way we can dominate even the best teams with our style of play,(the Nigel Adkins style. Great passing and movement and quality forwards to finish it off.
On our day we can will beat anyone.

Mid table at the very least this season
Well done saints and well done Nigel Adkins. It is essential to our football club to give Nigel Adkins time. We must ride the storms that have come our way so far. We have known for two seasons that we have a winning combination at our club. In the past we would have been on our second manager of the season by now While we have had a poor start it is just fantastic to see the team start to gel. The great thing for me is the way we can dominate even the best teams with our style of play,(the Nigel Adkins style. Great passing and movement and quality forwards to finish it off. On our day we can will beat anyone. Mid table at the very least this season southwest saint
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10:49am Mon 26 Nov 12

southwest saint says...

Well done saints and well done Nigel Adkins.
It is essential to our football club to give Nigel Adkins time. We must ride the storms that have come our way so far.
We have known for two seasons that we have a winning combination at our club.
In the past we would have been on our second manager of the season by now
While we have had a poor start it is just fantastic to see the team start to gel.
The great thing for me is the way we can dominate even the best teams with our style of play,(the Nigel Adkins style. Great passing and movement and quality forwards to finish it off.
On our day we can will beat anyone.

Mid table at the very least this season
Well done saints and well done Nigel Adkins. It is essential to our football club to give Nigel Adkins time. We must ride the storms that have come our way so far. We have known for two seasons that we have a winning combination at our club. In the past we would have been on our second manager of the season by now While we have had a poor start it is just fantastic to see the team start to gel. The great thing for me is the way we can dominate even the best teams with our style of play,(the Nigel Adkins style. Great passing and movement and quality forwards to finish it off. On our day we can will beat anyone. Mid table at the very least this season southwest saint
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10:49am Mon 26 Nov 12

southwest saint says...

Well done saints and well done Nigel Adkins.
It is essential to our football club to give Nigel Adkins time. We must ride the storms that have come our way so far.
We have known for two seasons that we have a winning combination at our club.
In the past we would have been on our second manager of the season by now
While we have had a poor start it is just fantastic to see the team start to gel.
The great thing for me is the way we can dominate even the best teams with our style of play,(the Nigel Adkins style. Great passing and movement and quality forwards to finish it off.
On our day we can and will beat anyone.

Mid table at the very least this season
Well done saints and well done Nigel Adkins. It is essential to our football club to give Nigel Adkins time. We must ride the storms that have come our way so far. We have known for two seasons that we have a winning combination at our club. In the past we would have been on our second manager of the season by now While we have had a poor start it is just fantastic to see the team start to gel. The great thing for me is the way we can dominate even the best teams with our style of play,(the Nigel Adkins style. Great passing and movement and quality forwards to finish it off. On our day we can and will beat anyone. Mid table at the very least this season southwest saint
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10:50am Mon 26 Nov 12

Ted Rogers says...

Excellent performance. Whilst Gaston was superb, I thought the performances in the middle of the park from Cork and Morgan were outstanding. We really do look like a top quality side with the three in there.
Encouragingly we are looking increasingly solid at the back. Let's not forget they were up against a very quick and strong front two in Cisse and Ba.
Mention for Shaw also - nailed on future England full back!

Really looking forward to a tough home victory on Wednesday, an away point at Liverpool and a home win against Reading - Mid table by mid December. Passing West Ham on the way!!
Excellent performance. Whilst Gaston was superb, I thought the performances in the middle of the park from Cork and Morgan were outstanding. We really do look like a top quality side with the three in there. Encouragingly we are looking increasingly solid at the back. Let's not forget they were up against a very quick and strong front two in Cisse and Ba. Mention for Shaw also - nailed on future England full back! Really looking forward to a tough home victory on Wednesday, an away point at Liverpool and a home win against Reading - Mid table by mid December. Passing West Ham on the way!! Ted Rogers
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11:20pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Tirau Dan says...

Congratulations on a fine team performance. No swelling head sizes in the team - I like that as I like to think this was a showcase game which gave a glimpse of great things to come.

If only an England team could pass as well.

COYR keep it up
Congratulations on a fine team performance. No swelling head sizes in the team - I like that as I like to think this was a showcase game which gave a glimpse of great things to come. If only an England team could pass as well. COYR keep it up Tirau Dan
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5:37am Wed 28 Nov 12

Oldfan says...

Amazing from doom and gloom to mid table! If it was only that simple. Tonight will tell us far more because Norwich will put up far more resistance than either QPR and Newcastle could muster. What is obvious is if we stop giving goals away then we do not need to perform miracles to win games. As Fergie said about Norwich at 0-0 you can always go on and win a game. I reckon it is 3 points tonight
Amazing from doom and gloom to mid table! If it was only that simple. Tonight will tell us far more because Norwich will put up far more resistance than either QPR and Newcastle could muster. What is obvious is if we stop giving goals away then we do not need to perform miracles to win games. As Fergie said about Norwich at 0-0 you can always go on and win a game. I reckon it is 3 points tonight Oldfan
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