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Nigel Satisfied With Point

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23:26 28th November 2012

Nigel Adkins was disappointed to lose a lead against Norwich, but left St Mary’s pleased to have something for his side’s efforts.

Saints broke down a stubborn visiting side to take the lead through Rickie Lambert’s sixth goal of the season, but an error of judgment from Paulo Gazzaniga on the stroke of half time let the Canaries back into the contest.

“When you look at it it was a game of two halves because I thought we started the game ever so well and were on the front foot,” Adkins told Saints Player.

“We had good possession of the ball and moved it around well but the goal on half time changed the complexion of the game.

“He (Paulo) has to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

“I am a very supportive person, especially of the goalkeepers and especially of the young players that we have got.  

“Talking of young players, I thought young Luke Shaw was outstanding again, especially in the first half and it is shame he had to come off with cramp again because he was exceptional yet again.

“I will reflect on the game tonight,” the gaffer continued. “We will all be in training in the morning and will have a look at it.

"Our recovery strategies have already started with Saturday’s trip to Liverpool in mind.”

The second 45 minutes proved too tough to break Norwich down again, and Nigel conceded that Saints lost their way a bit.

“They have come out in the second half and for me were the better side,” he explained, “and when you look at it we didn’t lose the game because it became very open.

“They defended deep and in number which made it hard to break them down.

"I would have liked us to play a bit wider as a team because we have been very good at that with Jason and Adam coming off the lines and getting in the pockets.  

“Today we were asking them to play a lot wider, but naturally they want to come inside and I thought if we could have got them a bit wider we might have got Gaston on the ball a little bit more in the hole.  

“As it was, all the balls we were getting into Rickie were all fighting balls because it was very congested in there so maybe we played into their hands a little bit.”

Although it could be argued a case of two points lost, the manager didn’t see the draw as a setback as Saints made it four games unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League.

“We have got another point on the board and that is eight points from four games, which is good.  

“You want to win your home games and in the first half I thought we were going to go on and win it, unfortunately that wasn’t the case.  We haven’t lost it and it is another point on the board.

“That’s eight points from four games now so we remain unbeaten, we will take the positives from it and move on to the next game which is Liverpool away.”

Click here to watch Adkins' video interview on Saints Player

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