Adkins: I was right to leave Lambert on bench

RICKIE LAMBERT

RICKIE LAMBERT

First published in Saints News

Nigel Adkins was able to reflect on a big decision well made as Rickie Lambert came off the bench to spark a dramatic Saints revival at Chelsea.

Saints fought back from 2-0 down at half time to gain a memorable point at Stamford Bridge and climb above Newcastle to 15th in the Premier League table.

Adkins, pictured left, raised eyebrows when he left out the talismanic Lambert, as well as Gaston Ramirez, from his starting line up at Chelsea.

But Saints hung in the game and Lambert had the dream impact off the bench, scoring just three minutes and five seconds after coming on.

Jason Puncheon netted a fantastic leveller to make it a great evening for Saints in west London.

“We came with a game plan to get something from the game,” said Adkins.

“We know that Chelsea are a good side, they beat us ten days ago, and we know if we open up the spaces for them to play between the lines they have players who are going to hurt you.

“We have come with a game plan to be compact, to intercept, and to go and counter attack and to frustrate the opposition.

“In the first half that was the objective.

“It’s a big call to leave Rickie Lambert out at any time but we knew the impact was there and we wanted to make sure we were still in the game and to go from there.

“The two goals that we conceded, especially the one at half time, we had opportunities to clear the ball and we haven’t done and we were punished.

“We played Chelsea last time and they scored bang on half time then to go 2-1 up and went on to dominate the second half.

“This time we stuck with the game plan when we could have gone gung-ho to try and get back in.

“There was the impact off the bench with Rickie Lambert coming off the bench to score the goal and what a fantastic second goal where Luke Shaw has driven on on the counter attack and a fantastic finish from Jason Puncheon.

“It was 2-2 and we have come away from home with just two defeats in the last 12 games and both of those were 1-0 so it just shows how we have been improving all the time.”

He added: “I said to the players at half time we need to stay in the game because 2-0 is always a dangerous scoreline to defend – if you get one you’re back in it.

“If you go too expansive too early they go three and the game is well beyond you.

“We came with a game plan to be compact.

“At 2-0 them scoring at a bad time we could have chased it and played two up front and there was every chance we could have ended up on a scoreline like maybe Aston Villa did when they got done by eight.

“We believed the game plan was the right thing to do so we stuck at it.

“Not many teams are going to come back from 2-0 down against Chelsea.”

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12:43pm Thu 17 Jan 13

sijlaw says...

J Rod cant play on his own upfront, though it looks like an inspired substitution he should of started! Nige is hardly admit he was wrong though
J Rod cant play on his own upfront, though it looks like an inspired substitution he should of started! Nige is hardly admit he was wrong though sijlaw
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12:43pm Thu 17 Jan 13

sijlaw says...

J Rod cant play on his own upfront, though it looks like an inspired substitution he should of started! Nige is hardly admit he was wrong though
J Rod cant play on his own upfront, though it looks like an inspired substitution he should of started! Nige is hardly admit he was wrong though sijlaw
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1:02pm Thu 17 Jan 13

toutlaw says...

tactically he was right to leave him on the bench
tactically he was right to leave him on the bench toutlaw
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1:15pm Thu 17 Jan 13

saint61 says...

Dave Merrington on radio Solent commentary.......wha
t a c??k, wants to decide if he backs NA or not
Dave Merrington on radio Solent commentary.......wha t a c??k, wants to decide if he backs NA or not saint61
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1:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Nicole23 says...

It was luck last night., not tactics.
It was luck last night., not tactics. Nicole23
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2:00pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Ross123 says...

happy with point, but believe we could of won the game if we had started lambo and ramirez.

even a chelsea fan said that,

they said they were lucky that we didnt start lambo and ramirez everwise saints would of won.
happy with point, but believe we could of won the game if we had started lambo and ramirez. even a chelsea fan said that, they said they were lucky that we didnt start lambo and ramirez everwise saints would of won. Ross123
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2:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Malcy says...

Nigel Adkins and his Coaching Staff work hard to make Saints a better side for every game and it's working, they need to have a Game Plan, "Horses for courses" and had to work out how to stop Chelsea. The Cup game loss against them was horrible and embarrassing and he didn't want it to happen again, nobody did, he and his staff discuss the tactics and last night it worked, I for one didn't want to listen after they went 2 0 down and I'm now ashamed but delighted when I turned the TV on this morning and heard the good news as I'm sure many others were, it does surprise the Supporters when certain Players are sitting on the bench who are regulars in the side but they would know the plan because they are all a Team, I think the Players and Staff are a unit and they look a very happy Team even those sitting on the Bench and that's down to Nigel who must be one of best Managers Southampton have had, he'll be there for many years to come and probably be the 2nd Statue to be stood outside the Stadia, COYR
Nigel Adkins and his Coaching Staff work hard to make Saints a better side for every game and it's working, they need to have a Game Plan, "Horses for courses" and had to work out how to stop Chelsea. The Cup game loss against them was horrible and embarrassing and he didn't want it to happen again, nobody did, he and his staff discuss the tactics and last night it worked, I for one didn't want to listen after they went 2 0 down and I'm now ashamed but delighted when I turned the TV on this morning and heard the good news as I'm sure many others were, it does surprise the Supporters when certain Players are sitting on the bench who are regulars in the side but they would know the plan because they are all a Team, I think the Players and Staff are a unit and they look a very happy Team even those sitting on the Bench and that's down to Nigel who must be one of best Managers Southampton have had, he'll be there for many years to come and probably be the 2nd Statue to be stood outside the Stadia, COYR Malcy
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2:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

sijlaw says...

I would agree with the tactics had the players on the pitch been good enough. Guly not good enough for championship last year, Steve Davis cant play the attacking role and Jay Rod is too lightweight for a target man with limited support!

We had alot of the ball 1st half and Ramirez would of thrived. Feel Adkins has been caught tactically short on a occasions this season, many due the supporting players not being up for it! A winger, centre half and striker (if we can get Mayuka out on loan)
I would agree with the tactics had the players on the pitch been good enough. Guly not good enough for championship last year, Steve Davis cant play the attacking role and Jay Rod is too lightweight for a target man with limited support! We had alot of the ball 1st half and Ramirez would of thrived. Feel Adkins has been caught tactically short on a occasions this season, many due the supporting players not being up for it! A winger, centre half and striker (if we can get Mayuka out on loan) sijlaw
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2:31pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Jesus_02 says...

Cant believ how negative some "fans" are
Cant believ how negative some "fans" are Jesus_02
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2:35pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Taunton Saint says...

we played 4-5-1 to contain, press and counter attack

if we had started 4-4-2 they would have passed around us

Lambert came on against two Centre halves who were tiring, he was fresh that was the difference

Adkins was using his squad bringing on two class players and it worked

We have just taken a point at Chelsea from 2-0 down.

Last time I can remember us being 2-0 down in London (or anywhere else for that matter) was against Leyton Orient under Pardew 3 seasons ago

look how far we have come!!!
we played 4-5-1 to contain, press and counter attack if we had started 4-4-2 they would have passed around us Lambert came on against two Centre halves who were tiring, he was fresh that was the difference Adkins was using his squad bringing on two class players and it worked We have just taken a point at Chelsea from 2-0 down. Last time I can remember us being 2-0 down in London (or anywhere else for that matter) was against Leyton Orient under Pardew 3 seasons ago look how far we have come!!! Taunton Saint
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2:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

Well for me, the limitations without Lambert and Ramirez on the pitch were quite apparent.

In the first half, we spent a long time working the ball around the pitch, up one wing and then back and up another. and you could see the we would get so far only to run out of passing options.
For me, Do Prado is not cutting it at this level. He is capable of some astounding brilliance and has been unlucky not to score in some games.
But at this level we need someone in the top part of the pitch who is going to give a passing option, who is going to hold it up and lay off a pass to the running attacker, all that kind of thing.
He just doesn't offer that.
Nor does J Rod - but I think he is improving.

I just think that in Do Prado we have a player who is slightly beyond where he should be.
Well for me, the limitations without Lambert and Ramirez on the pitch were quite apparent. In the first half, we spent a long time working the ball around the pitch, up one wing and then back and up another. and you could see the we would get so far only to run out of passing options. For me, Do Prado is not cutting it at this level. He is capable of some astounding brilliance and has been unlucky not to score in some games. But at this level we need someone in the top part of the pitch who is going to give a passing option, who is going to hold it up and lay off a pass to the running attacker, all that kind of thing. He just doesn't offer that. Nor does J Rod - but I think he is improving. I just think that in Do Prado we have a player who is slightly beyond where he should be. Stroppy_gramps
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3:04pm Thu 17 Jan 13

saintkenny says...

Nicole23 wrote:
It was luck last night., not tactics.
todays resdient skate .of course it was we set 2 good plays to score goals .check stats on bbc sport no luck attatched.just like swansea the previous wednesday ,the qpr win there that was luck .chelsea missed 22 sitters ,chelsea were more restricted .by a much better team than qpr
[quote][p][bold]Nicole23[/bold] wrote: It was luck last night., not tactics.[/p][/quote]todays resdient skate .of course it was we set 2 good plays to score goals .check stats on bbc sport no luck attatched.just like swansea the previous wednesday ,the qpr win there that was luck .chelsea missed 22 sitters ,chelsea were more restricted .by a much better team than qpr saintkenny
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3:18pm Thu 17 Jan 13

spainrico says...

Stroppy_gramps wrote:
Well for me, the limitations without Lambert and Ramirez on the pitch were quite apparent.

In the first half, we spent a long time working the ball around the pitch, up one wing and then back and up another. and you could see the we would get so far only to run out of passing options.
For me, Do Prado is not cutting it at this level. He is capable of some astounding brilliance and has been unlucky not to score in some games.
But at this level we need someone in the top part of the pitch who is going to give a passing option, who is going to hold it up and lay off a pass to the running attacker, all that kind of thing.
He just doesn't offer that.
Nor does J Rod - but I think he is improving.

I just think that in Do Prado we have a player who is slightly beyond where he should be.
I just think that in Do Prado we have a player who is slightly beyond where he should be.

Yes think you are right so I suppose the question is:
Would NA actually sign him today now we are in the Prem?

I think not..
[quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: Well for me, the limitations without Lambert and Ramirez on the pitch were quite apparent. In the first half, we spent a long time working the ball around the pitch, up one wing and then back and up another. and you could see the we would get so far only to run out of passing options. For me, Do Prado is not cutting it at this level. He is capable of some astounding brilliance and has been unlucky not to score in some games. But at this level we need someone in the top part of the pitch who is going to give a passing option, who is going to hold it up and lay off a pass to the running attacker, all that kind of thing. He just doesn't offer that. Nor does J Rod - but I think he is improving. I just think that in Do Prado we have a player who is slightly beyond where he should be.[/p][/quote]I just think that in Do Prado we have a player who is slightly beyond where he should be. Yes think you are right so I suppose the question is: Would NA actually sign him today now we are in the Prem? I think not.. spainrico
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3:51pm Thu 17 Jan 13

ghk230473 says...

We got something out of the game which many thought we wouldn't, but we didn't score until lambert came on so I'm not convinced yet.
Didn't see all the game but what I did was positive and we moved the ball around well. Defensively we do not close down or get tight to our markers and too many times ba found room between our central 2.
Shaw, clyne and punch looked good as did chapplow, lambert and Ramirez when introduced.
We got something out of the game which many thought we wouldn't, but we didn't score until lambert came on so I'm not convinced yet. Didn't see all the game but what I did was positive and we moved the ball around well. Defensively we do not close down or get tight to our markers and too many times ba found room between our central 2. Shaw, clyne and punch looked good as did chapplow, lambert and Ramirez when introduced. ghk230473
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4:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

Enjoyed the game a lot and we looked a good footballing side but Adkins should be a politician with that sort of spin! Puncheon's wonder strike got us out of jail. End of.
Enjoyed the game a lot and we looked a good footballing side but Adkins should be a politician with that sort of spin! Puncheon's wonder strike got us out of jail. End of. billythesaint
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7:27pm Thu 17 Jan 13

mack chinnon says...

You do what you want Nigel. You ARE the man.
You do what you want Nigel. You ARE the man. mack chinnon
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8:46pm Thu 17 Jan 13

joelster says...

why is it peoples understanding of tactics is so one dimensional? People say, "He should have started..." what do they know?
Watch the game and you will see, this was a brilliant game-plan from Adkins that worked! Have your fast young guy run at them all first half, play with a packed midfield and frustrate them. Then in the second half bring on the solid impact sub who is ready to bang one in against a tiring defence.
Loved it!
And... with better central defenders this would have won us the game.
I took my "badges" in canada so Im clearly not as qualified as some of you brits (born in England tho) but I do find it comical even among the press when after a game they ask "Do you regret leaving Rickie on the bench?" Well done Adkins for not laughing at them for their lack of understanding even though its clear what you were trying to anyone with any semblance of training!
And... sometimes it doesn't work, fair game, BUT give me a coach who wants to try things any day over the boring tactics of half the coaches in the leagues!
why is it peoples understanding of tactics is so one dimensional? People say, "He should have started..." what do they know? Watch the game and you will see, this was a brilliant game-plan from Adkins that worked! Have your fast young guy run at them all first half, play with a packed midfield and frustrate them. Then in the second half bring on the solid impact sub who is ready to bang one in against a tiring defence. Loved it! And... with better central defenders this would have won us the game. I took my "badges" in canada so Im clearly not as qualified as some of you brits (born in England tho) but I do find it comical even among the press when after a game they ask "Do you regret leaving Rickie on the bench?" Well done Adkins for not laughing at them for their lack of understanding even though its clear what you were trying to anyone with any semblance of training! And... sometimes it doesn't work, fair game, BUT give me a coach who wants to try things any day over the boring tactics of half the coaches in the leagues! joelster
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8:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

joelster says...

Ross123 wrote:
happy with point, but believe we could of won the game if we had started lambo and ramirez.

even a chelsea fan said that,

they said they were lucky that we didnt start lambo and ramirez everwise saints would of won.
wrong!
plain and simple ignorant quote
[quote][p][bold]Ross123[/bold] wrote: happy with point, but believe we could of won the game if we had started lambo and ramirez. even a chelsea fan said that, they said they were lucky that we didnt start lambo and ramirez everwise saints would of won.[/p][/quote]wrong! plain and simple ignorant quote joelster
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8:50pm Thu 17 Jan 13

joelster says...

sijlaw wrote:
J Rod cant play on his own upfront, though it looks like an inspired substitution he should of started! Nige is hardly admit he was wrong though
wrong again, Adkins is usually the first to take responsibility when he got it wrong!
[quote][p][bold]sijlaw[/bold] wrote: J Rod cant play on his own upfront, though it looks like an inspired substitution he should of started! Nige is hardly admit he was wrong though[/p][/quote]wrong again, Adkins is usually the first to take responsibility when he got it wrong! joelster
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11:27pm Thu 17 Jan 13

hdfw09 says...

I struggle to understand the fans sometimes. In 12 BPL games, 2 losses. Both 1-0. Nigel has this team going the right direction. He went into Chelsea with AL out and Fonte out. Yet, despite being down 2-0 at half time, the score was level at the final whistle.

Give the man some credit. The team is working well together and has shown significant signs of improvement. Look at where we were after the first 10 games and where we are now. NA has done a great job. I was shocked Rickie "F***ing" Lambert didn't start, as well as Gaston. Yet, NA's strategy secured a point we did not expect.

As for Do Prado, I'm not sure why he still is employed. He has League One and Championship talent. But does not do well in the BPL.

COYR!!!
I struggle to understand the fans sometimes. In 12 BPL games, 2 losses. Both 1-0. Nigel has this team going the right direction. He went into Chelsea with AL out and Fonte out. Yet, despite being down 2-0 at half time, the score was level at the final whistle. Give the man some credit. The team is working well together and has shown significant signs of improvement. Look at where we were after the first 10 games and where we are now. NA has done a great job. I was shocked Rickie "F***ing" Lambert didn't start, as well as Gaston. Yet, NA's strategy secured a point we did not expect. As for Do Prado, I'm not sure why he still is employed. He has League One and Championship talent. But does not do well in the BPL. COYR!!! hdfw09
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