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    sfcned wrote:
    IMO, We could have been a bit louder at the game last night as the collective supporters? Maybe some of were scared that we may lose! But great to see the masses again! Best following in the football league!!!!
    ned ... I know what you mean - maybe the Big Game Atmosphere and the fact that apart from the the Central - other pubs were swamped with West Ham Fans ......left the Away Section of the Ground crowded with one food and drink outlet.... and paying £3.80 for a plastic bottle of Lager or can of Tetleys.......

    Watford should be different ... but posting intent also gives info to the Away Fans ..... an example of this was the Millers Arms which was packed with
    West Ham fans last night ....

    As posted before ...... Home and Away
    SAINTS FANS work smartly ... if the pub you are in is empty - text other fans and move (unless you like a quiet pint on your own ) .....

    Fans were keyed up and tense for the Game and a bit quiet in the Bar Area but once the game started they took off (RED ARMY - THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION)

    There were a lot of Saints fans there and we made a difference but the west ham boys in the Chicken Run were pathetic ..... and hardly audible ...

    Outside the ground it was a different matter - and it may have been wise to not mix the fans - although there was no trouble that anyone has heard about apart from from banging on the Away Coaches and bending windscreen wipers .........

    NO - IT WAS A GOOD TURN OUT YESTERDAY AND THE CROWD WERE GOOD AND UP FOR IT WITH A BIG GAME ATMOSPHERE !!!

    A Good Point earned - Big Sam and West Ham were up to their old tricks with players falling up .... and magically getting up again !!

    The best chant of the night was to the west ham fans ....

    YOU USED TO PLAY FOOTBALL .... YOU USED TO PLAY FOOTBALL ..

    WE ARE A VERY GOOD FOOTBALLING SIDE - west ham hooooooooooooof the ball and pompey were very poor at fratton park ......

    BRING ON DERBY AND 3 POINTS

    TEAM SELECTION IS CRUCIAL - PUT OUT THE STRONGEST TEAM NIGE !!!

    RED ARMY. FIGHTING TO BE PROMOTED. COYR."
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Nigel Adkins happy with Southampton's point at West Ham United

Nigel Adkins on the touchline with Sam Allardyce in the foreground

Nigel Adkins on the touchline with Sam Allardyce in the foreground

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

NIGEL Adkins admitted he felt Saints could have got three points after playing for so long against ten men at West Ham but was content with a draw.

Saints were under massive pressure at the start of the game and eventually fell behind from the penalty spot but, with Matt Taylor sent off in the melee that followed the award of the spot kick, Adkins’ men had a chance to overtake the Hammers and leapfrog them into first place.

However, after taking until 75 minutes to bag an equaliser, Adkins was left to reflect that four points against West Ham over the season was a good haul.

He said: “There were some interesting decisions for the officials to make and the linesman has backed the referee up as well and I think the linesman’s given the first penalty.

“In the cold light of day we’ve gone 1-0 down from a penalty and we’ve had good opportunities over the course of the game to go and win it and we had to break down the opposition who have defended resolutely throughout the game.

“I’m sure they were happy to get the point whereas you think with us having the extra man on the pitch for a longer period of time and the chances we did present we would probably turn round and say we didn’t get the three points that we wanted.

“But you look at the start of the season and if we could take four points from them you would probably think that was a good haul of points.”

In a cracking game full of incident, both managers were disagreeing about refereeing decision, albeit Adkins was remaining typically diplomatic.

He did however confess he didn’t believe the West Ham penalty should have been given and Saints should have got one for a second half handball.

“He never touched him. My view on the pitch was it wasn’t a penalty,”

said Adkins, whose side remain a point behind West Ham with the Hammers boasting a game in hand.

“I’ve tried to look at the video but the two angles I’ve looked at are inconclusive but does suggest he didn’t touch him.

“In my opinion it was not a penalty.”

He added: “The referee has made a call and he’s not seen a handball that I thought was a clear handball when Jose Fonte got in a header and I’m the only one jumping up and down.

“I’ve seen the video and it’s a clear penalty for us and the referee and the officials have not seen that.

“Sam was appealing for a couple of penalties as well which I didn’t see so I was unaware of those.

“I’ve asked a few questions and one might have been and one definitely wasn’t so the officials have had an interesting evening.”

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