Adkins defiant despite defeat

Nigel Adkins vowed to "lead from the front" after Southampton slumped to a 2-0 defeat at West Brom on Monday night.

Last Updated: 06/11/12 at 10:02 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The result left Saints rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and increased speculation Adkins' position is in jeopardy.

The manager is determined to fight on to try and turn things around but concedes his future is out of his hands.

"We need a win that's without question," Adkins told Sky Sports. "We've done it since I've been at the football club but it's about winning.

"I'm standing here a far better manager than when I joined Southampton and better than I was six years ago.

"I've got a hunger and a desire. I love being at Southampton. The supporters have been fantastic since I joined the club. I'm positive and it is my responsibility to lead from the front and I have every desire to go and do that.

"I can't control that (his future). It's a decision from the people at the top have to make."

Defensive woes

Adkins felt Southampton were unlucky with Peter Odemwingie's first goal with the striker handling the ball in the build-up to the goal, but he admitted they need to improve their defending if they are to have any chance of staying up.

"We have gone and lost the game," added Adkins. "The first goal Mike Dean (the fourth official) is screaming down the mic that it's handball (against Peter Odemwingie) four or five times but he didn't pick it up.

"The second half we had a little better of the football than we did in the first half, but the goal we conceded was a poor one.

"We knew they were good on the counter. We gave the ball away too quickly."

Adkins continued: "Our desire to defend our goal has to better but unfortunately this season we have conceded far too many goals.

"Collectively we have to be forward thinking. We work hard on the training ground and we want that stability in the back four and our goalkeeper. We can score goals."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company