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  • "Great results yesterday now we just need Reading to slip up tonight.

    On a serious note for Friday's game I think it would be excellent if we could arrange a great show of thanks for Markus's family and our Chairman Nicola. Obviously Nigel and the team have done a fantastic job bringing us to the verge of promotion but IMHO none of this would have been possible without the financial support and our Chairman's wise council. I was very dismayed to hear rumours in the press that the club might be sold to a group of venture capital funds and frankly one of the biggest threats to our medium term development is that the family should sell us and Nicola move on.

    Time to stand up and give thanks I think.

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Adkins staying calm as Saints edge nearer promotion

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Nigel Adkins was staying calm as Saints took another step towards the Premier League with victory over Crystal Palace.

A brace from Rickie Lambert took his tally for the campaign to 30 and ensured Saints remained comfortably ensconced within the top two.

Adkins said: “All the players are valuable to us and Rickie Lambert has 30 now.

“The first goal we scored I was delighted with because it is something we’d talked about and we’d worked on.

“We wanted to change the play and from the throw in we changed it, we got Danny Butterfield in a good position and he’s got good crossing ability.

“We thought if we got Rickie against the small full back Clyne at the far post we’d have a little bit of joy and we did so we were pleased with that goal.”

Speaking of the 6,000 Saints supporters who cheered on the team at Selhurst Park he added: “The supporters were great.

“We were on the bus coming in and they were outside the pubs singing and it put the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. It was brilliant.”

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