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  • "Thankfully where we are in the table has everything to do with the start to the season and little to do with recent form. In the past nine matches we've won 3, drawn 4 and lost 2. We're improving whilst teams above us such as Villa and Fulham are fast heading in the opposite direction.

    Apart from the fact that making negative comments would be plain daft, the results justify Nigel's positive approach.

    Arsenal's big win yesterday will hopefully leave them feeling a little complacent about Tuesday's encounter. Whatever happens, Nigel looks happier when he's miserable than Wenger looks even when he is happy.

    Theo's hat trick yesterday only managed to bring his goal tally up to equal Rickie's. Meantime Rickie's scored more than Aguero, Mata, Rooney, Tevez and Torres."
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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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