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  • "Back on topic, one of the problems I think we have is that many of our team have had a run over the past couple of seasons where a huge proportion of games were "turn up, go two up, relax".

    Even last season you could tell that with just a one goal lead late in the game we would start to flap. Our style of play when we're two goals up is completely different from when we're one up.

    Our back four start hoofing, the midfield panics and whoever's up front stands alone.

    One thing the team needs to work on is the attitude that if our normal style of play has us a goal ahead after 80 mins then continuing that style of play will probably carry on working. Let the team that's behind flap, not us.

    If there's an area NA needs to work on, it's that. We should look the same whatever the score. If we think our tactics are good, why not stick to them. If we're a goal up leave it to our opponents to be tense, not us."
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Adkins hails "fantastic point"

Nigel Adkins at Stoke today.

Nigel Adkins at Stoke today.

First published in Sport

Nigel Adkins hailed Saints’ draw at Stoke as “a fantastic point.”

The boss was delighted with a 3-3 draw at the Britannia Stadium despite seeing his side lose a 3-1 lead against ten men.

He said: “It’s a fantastic point away from home.

“You look at Stoke and the Britannia Stadium and they had only conceded three goals at home this season and we’ve scored three and could have scored more.

“It’s always a difficult place to come to, our supporters were great and first half it was only us you could hear because our game management was spot on.

“We came away from home and changed a few of the players around because we knew we’d have to deal with an aerial bombardment that would probably come and the players have been top drawer. We scored some really good goals.”

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