Adkins not getting carried away

Wed, 21 Mar 11:19:13 2012

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins refused to get ahead of himself despite his side edging closer to the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Hull.

Jack Hobbs' own goal and a second-half Jos Hooiveld effort proved the difference at the KC Stadium as the npower Championship leaders made the most of promotion rivals Reading and West Ham squandering points.

Southampton are now unbeaten in 11 league matches with just eight remaining, although Adkins is only concerned by the present.

"I have been made aware of the results but, as I have said from day one, we stay in the here and the now," the Saints boss said. "What we do is prepare very hard for a game and we endeavour to win it. Afterwards we analyse it and debrief it so we will draw a blue line under Hull City.

"Then we will move on and focus on the next game, which will be Doncaster. That said, it was a very pleasing win away from home. We know Nick Barmby has done a really good job up here at Hull and it's always a challenging place to come to.

"They don't concede many goals and I thought we applied ourselves very well. I thought we started very, very well and then we put in a very good defensive performance."

Hull counterpart Barmby was left to rue missed chances after a match in which Josh King came close on several occasions and Robbie Brady fired over with the goal gaping.

"We got beaten by a good side," the City manager said. "All credit to them and that is why they are top of the league. I know we conceded, but in the first 20 minutes we rode our luck with [Adam Lallana] missing the open goal.

"For the last 15 minutes of the first half, we were the better team and if we had scored then maybe the result would have been different. Maybe we would have gone on and the first half ended too soon, really.

"In the second half we tried to create chances, which I am really pleased with the team about because of their bravery. They kept going, kept trying to do the right things, got on the ball. I expect that of them and all credit to Southampton. We got beaten by a good team."

 

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