Adkins happy enough with draw

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins felt conceding on the stroke of
half-time changed the course of the game against Norwich.

The Saints looked to be on course to record a third straight
Premier League win when Rickie Lambert prodded a loose ball home
after 31 minutes.

However, the hosts were pegged back at St Mary’s when Robert
Snodgrass’ free-kick crept under the body of goalkeeper Paulo
Gazzaniga and into the net.

Adkins felt it was not a foul in the first place, insisting that
full-back Nathaniel Clyne had actually got the ball, rather than
the man, just as the half moved into injury time.

“I thought we were right on the front foot (in the first half),”
he said.

“I thought we were right on the front foot and moved the ball
about brightly. We scored a good goal through Rickie Lambert and
could have scored one or two more.

“Unfortunately the game has changed for us bang on half-time
with the goal we have conceded.

“I don’t think it’s a free-kick, Nathan made contact with the
ball first and the direction of where the ball has gone indicates
that.

“But the referee has made the decision and then we’ve got to
save it. We haven’t saved it. That gave them a big lift in the
second half and I thought they were the better team.

“All in all, it’s another point and I think that’s eight in the
last four games.

“It was a game of two halves. The first was very exciting for
our supporters but in the second we couldn’t break Norwich
down.”

Adkins, however, refused to be too critical of Gazzaniga, the
20-year-old summer signing from Gillingham who failed to keep out
Snodgrass’ effort.

“You will always highlight the goalkeeper when any ball goes in
the net, but he will learn from that,” the former Scunthorpe boss
added.