Nigel Adkins is hoping to mastermind a first away success of the season, as Saints prepare for a bottom-of-the-table clash with QPR.

Both clubs have endured poor starts to the campaign, with Mark Hughes' side winless and rooted to the foot of the division, while Adkins' men are just a point and a place better off.

Something has to give this weekend, as QPR go in search of a first victory of the season, while Saints look for their first away point.

Adkins said: “I am looking forward to another game. It has been a good week’s training. I feel fit, I feel fresh and I’ve got an energy about myself.


“I feel stimulated and I am looking forward to the next game in the Barclays Premier League game, which is away to Queens Park Rangers.

“It’s the next game in the journey that we’re on. Every game that you look at has three points up for grabs. That’s what we’ve got to go and do.”

The predicaments that Saints and QPR find themselves in means the fixture at Loftus Road has taken on greater significance than a match in November normally would.

Adkins admits that Saints will have to cope with extra weight being attached to every game they play between now and the end of the season.

“We’ve already established that we’re at the wrong end of the league table,” he said.

“We can’t hide away from that and so the importance of the next game is always going to be highlighted. But it is going to be like that for us for the remainder of the campaign.

“It’s a tough league that we’re in, we’re well aware of that, but one we love being in and one we expect to be in for many, many years to come.”