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


“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


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