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    McBendy in Scotland wrote:
    Great to be there and see them win (again). Not the best performance though in my opinion. Mainly because the normally exceptional Lallana had a poor game. Also thought Butterfield was so-so going forwards. His crosses were too easy for the keeper. My ratings:

    Kelvin: had practically nothing to do. 7.

    Butterfield: good defensively - coped with Diouf well, but poor going forwards. 6.

    Fonte. Faultless, apart from the mix up which nearly let Diouf in. 7.

    Jos. Faultless, apart from.... 7.

    Fox. Solid and good crosses. 7.5.

    De Ridder. Caused them problems running in behind. A few good crosses and some nice bits of skill. Not the killer ball though - never found Lambo. 6.5

    Cork. Solid. Great block from Diouf (think it was Cork). 7.

    Spiderman. Solid. Would like to see more creative defense-splitting passes from him though. Billy was frequently desperate for through balls or balls over the top, but it always went wide. 7.

    Lallana. A really poor game - not his usual self. Lots of misplaced passes and poor control. 5.

    Lambo. Good target, held the ball up pretty well. Nearly got in a few times and should have had a pen. Nearly worked some nice 1-2's with Sharp. Played close to each other and looked to be a good pair. 7.

    Sharp. Star man. Two good goals (although somehow missed a sitter of a header). Great strength and composure for the second goal. Worked hard and looked sharper. 8.

    Subs: Chappers. Looked twice the player of Lallana. Energetic, got stuck in, good 1-2s. Got forward well. 7.5.

    Barnard. Always looks like he has a massive chip on his shoulder. Didn't seem to have much pace about him. Can't see him being in the squad if we make the prem. 6.

    Hammond. Just the man to bring on at 2-0 up to add a bit of metal to the centre of the park. Solid and mobile. 7.
    Have you seen the look that Barney gave the Referee for booking Sharp! Look on the OS Gallery."
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Adkins: We've had a very good week

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

First published in Saints News

NIGEL Adkins hailed a great week for Saints, as the club’s hopes of a Premier League return further improved.

A 2-0 win over Doncaster at St Mary’s strengthened their grip at the top of the Championship, crucially moving them nine points clear of third-placed West Ham.

Saints have now won four straight and are unbeaten in 12 league matches.

With just seven games left in their season, it is increasingly hard to imagine that the club won’t go up automatically.

But, unsurprisingly, Adkins refused to get too excited after watching Billy Sharp strike twice against his former side.

“There are seven games to go,” he said. “We’ve just had a very good week.

“We’ve scored two good goals today and three good wins in the week.

“What we’ll do is recover ourselves and get ready for the next one.”

The Saints boss also revealed that Rickie Lambert was withdrawn with a pelvic injury early in the second half, but insisted the striker would be fit to face Blackpool away next Saturday.

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