Adkins: Beating the teams around us is key to Premier survival

Nigel Adkins stressed the importance of Saints beating the teams around them after they boosted their Premier League survival chances with a well-deserved win against Reading.

The records will show that it was Jason Puncheon’s second-half goal that separated the sides at St Mary’s, but in truth the gap in quality was far greater than that.

Had Saints lost, they would have dropped to 19th in the table, level on points with the Royals but behind them on goal difference.

However, victory meant that Adkins’ side climbed up to 15th and moved six points clear of the club that pipped them to the Championship title last term.

“I am pleased that we have got a home victory, pleased that we have beaten someone close to us in the league – that is the important thing,” said Adkins, whose side kept the opposition out for only the second time this term and are now two points above the drop zone.

“I am delighted have a clean sheet. We scored one goal, could have scored more.”

Saints did in fact score more than one, only to have another effort from Puncheon ruled out for what appeared to be a phantom foul.

The midfielder headed in Adam Lallana’s first-half corner, but referee Jon Moss blew his whistle and penalised Maya Yoshida for an alleged infringement on Reading keeper Adam Federici.

Replays showed that the goal should have stood.

“It’s a perfectly good goal,” agreed Adkins. “The goalkeeper’s obviously pushed Maya, who’s standing in and around him, slips over, Jason’s unmarked at the far post, puts the ball in the back of the net, and for me the referee’s made a poor decision.

“But you’ve got to get on with it and we’ve gone and got our three points.”

Adkins added: “We talk about it all the time, it’s the importance of winning your home games.

“We put a good performance in to win the game and it’s important to win the games against the teams who are in and around you in the league.

“Obviously, winning at home, and winning against a team that were in and around us, was pleasing.”

The Saints boss did admit, however, that the victory should have been more comfortable than it was.

“We dominated the game, we were worthy winners,” he said.

“The amount of chances we created, if anything we should have put a few more in the back of the net.

“We’re good at St Mary’s. The crowd get behind the players. We played a good tempo of football, a variety of attacks and it was a good 1-0 victory.”

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10:01am Mon 10 Dec 12

SaintMax says...

Stating the obvious, but grinding out wins against those around us and trying to grab a point here and there against the top 10 will be how we will stay in this league.
We used to struggle against the poor sides and beat the top ones, but I will take this approach.
Great win on saturday, gave me a great weekend thanks Nigel!
Stating the obvious, but grinding out wins against those around us and trying to grab a point here and there against the top 10 will be how we will stay in this league. We used to struggle against the poor sides and beat the top ones, but I will take this approach. Great win on saturday, gave me a great weekend thanks Nigel! SaintMax
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10:04am Mon 10 Dec 12

BracknellSaint says...

Great result, another clean sheet, and we looked solid throughout.
Nothing wrong with Puncheon's first either, which would hve made it that ore comfortable.
Bit disappointed we didn't add a bit to reducing the goal difference column, as 3-0 would have been about fair.
Big games now for us with Sunderland and Fulham, but that could really boost our season to where we should be already if we hadn't dropped silly points against Norwich, Swansea and to some extent Fulham at home.
Great result, another clean sheet, and we looked solid throughout. Nothing wrong with Puncheon's first either, which would hve made it that ore comfortable. Bit disappointed we didn't add a bit to reducing the goal difference column, as 3-0 would have been about fair. Big games now for us with Sunderland and Fulham, but that could really boost our season to where we should be already if we hadn't dropped silly points against Norwich, Swansea and to some extent Fulham at home. BracknellSaint
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10:14am Mon 10 Dec 12

Saintsayer II says...

One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs
One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs Saintsayer II
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10:23am Mon 10 Dec 12

insane saint says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs
or take all the points of of the big boys and then tear the small ones a new one.....

then we will be flying

stay on the positive side of it don't look at the negatives. the saints are moving in the right direction no need to look over our shoulders just look up.



COYR

TOGETHER AS ONE.
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs[/p][/quote]or take all the points of of the big boys and then tear the small ones a new one..... then we will be flying stay on the positive side of it don't look at the negatives. the saints are moving in the right direction no need to look over our shoulders just look up. COYR TOGETHER AS ONE. insane saint
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10:47am Mon 10 Dec 12

scooter75 says...

What a guy Tangohead is, his comments are pure class.
What a guy Tangohead is, his comments are pure class. scooter75
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10:54am Mon 10 Dec 12

Dickosfc says...

insane saint wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote: One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs
or take all the points of of the big boys and then tear the small ones a new one..... then we will be flying stay on the positive side of it don't look at the negatives. the saints are moving in the right direction no need to look over our shoulders just look up. COYR TOGETHER AS ONE.
^^^^^ Now thats the approache ^^^^^^^
[quote][p][bold]insane saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs[/p][/quote]or take all the points of of the big boys and then tear the small ones a new one..... then we will be flying stay on the positive side of it don't look at the negatives. the saints are moving in the right direction no need to look over our shoulders just look up. COYR TOGETHER AS ONE.[/p][/quote]^^^^^ Now thats the approache ^^^^^^^ Dickosfc
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10:55am Mon 10 Dec 12

Dickosfc says...

^^^ Monday morning spelling ^^^^^
^^^ Monday morning spelling ^^^^^ Dickosfc
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11:26am Mon 10 Dec 12

Alicesdad says...

There will be a time soon when we don't just nick a few points from the top teams, but beat them.

Do not forget we nearly caused a shock against City, and against United and our second half against Tottenham was awesome.

Granted we must beat the teams in the bottom half but we are not looking to be a timid suvival outfit. We have the capability to be in the top ten and team to be feared.

Time will prove me right
There will be a time soon when we don't just nick a few points from the top teams, but beat them. Do not forget we nearly caused a shock against City, and against United and our second half against Tottenham was awesome. Granted we must beat the teams in the bottom half but we are not looking to be a timid suvival outfit. We have the capability to be in the top ten and team to be feared. Time will prove me right Alicesdad
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11:39am Mon 10 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

scooter75 wrote:
What a guy Tangohead is, his comments are pure class.
.. as opposed to your good self pure crass.
[quote][p][bold]scooter75[/bold] wrote: What a guy Tangohead is, his comments are pure class.[/p][/quote].. as opposed to your good self pure crass. OSPREYSAINT
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12:28pm Mon 10 Dec 12

promised land says...

Yes what a guy Adkins is (or as you affectionately call him tango head) as manager of a premier league club that is, Southampton FC. Pure class !.....good luck thurs/fri
Yes what a guy Adkins is (or as you affectionately call him tango head) as manager of a premier league club that is, Southampton FC. Pure class !.....good luck thurs/fri promised land
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1:05pm Mon 10 Dec 12

jerseysaint says...

I am so glad the board have kept faith
with Nigel Adkins, he will go onto prove
is a top class premiership manager.
There is a lot to be said for players
loving playing for you.
He is the best manager we have had since GS.
I am so glad the board have kept faith with Nigel Adkins, he will go onto prove is a top class premiership manager. There is a lot to be said for players loving playing for you. He is the best manager we have had since GS. jerseysaint
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1:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Stroppy_gramps says...

sssshhhhhhh


keep it up on the pitch Saints, great to be back in the Premier League. To see us, one of the original teams in the Premier League, back on the way up the table.
sssshhhhhhh keep it up on the pitch Saints, great to be back in the Premier League. To see us, one of the original teams in the Premier League, back on the way up the table. Stroppy_gramps
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3:14pm Mon 10 Dec 12

batesieboy says...

Glad that Chelsea are so happy to be in Japan right now. This little trip usually knocks the stuffing out of any European team going there at a very inconvenient time of the year. I wish we could play them the day they get back! We MUST beat Sunderland and bring back a point from Fulham as we do not have enough away points on the board yet.
Glad that Chelsea are so happy to be in Japan right now. This little trip usually knocks the stuffing out of any European team going there at a very inconvenient time of the year. I wish we could play them the day they get back! We MUST beat Sunderland and bring back a point from Fulham as we do not have enough away points on the board yet. batesieboy
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3:27pm Mon 10 Dec 12

warrens 76 says...

jerseysaint wrote:
I am so glad the board have kept faith
with Nigel Adkins, he will go onto prove
is a top class premiership manager.
There is a lot to be said for players
loving playing for you.
He is the best manager we have had since GS.
Star quality BUT to keep him we ourselves must be worthy of his code..

..he is a real good egg and does things in the decent old fashioned way, we must stand by his decisions and make him feel other clubs are not worth the risk to his integrity.."together as one".
[quote][p][bold]jerseysaint[/bold] wrote: I am so glad the board have kept faith with Nigel Adkins, he will go onto prove is a top class premiership manager. There is a lot to be said for players loving playing for you. He is the best manager we have had since GS.[/p][/quote]Star quality BUT to keep him we ourselves must be worthy of his code.. ..he is a real good egg and does things in the decent old fashioned way, we must stand by his decisions and make him feel other clubs are not worth the risk to his integrity.."together as one". warrens 76
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9:10pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Buddy SFC says...

Saintsayer II wrote:
One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs
The point being for NA who studied Psychology is that the confidence you gain with the 6 pointers with clubs around you in the table, this allows you to take that confidence into the games against the teams in the top half of the table ........

Look at West Ham this year .........
[quote][p][bold]Saintsayer II[/bold] wrote: One little problem here We only have 3 more home games against teams in the bottom half of the table so we have got to get a least 15 points away from home against the lower clubs OR hopefully nick a few off of the higher clubs[/p][/quote]The point being for NA who studied Psychology is that the confidence you gain with the 6 pointers with clubs around you in the table, this allows you to take that confidence into the games against the teams in the top half of the table ........ Look at West Ham this year ......... Buddy SFC
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