Davis backs Adkins and urges Saints board not to make rash decisions
23:00 GMT, 6 November 2012
Steven Davis has urged Southampton's decision-makers not to press the panic button at the St Mary's Stadium.
The Northern Ireland international says it is evident from the support manager Nigel Adkins has from the Saints' fans and the effort being put in on the pitch that they are trying to rally around the Merseysider.
Adkins fronted up to all the questions about his future after the 2-0 defeat at the Hawthorns on Monday night, saying he still 'relished' the challenge of leading Southampton.
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And Davis suggested that any change might be counter-productive.
'Everyone wants the same thing,' said the midfielder, 'to work hard and get moving up the table.
'We have a home game against Swansea coming up and that's a good opportunity for us to get going and get some points on the board.
'We know where we are at. We're in a fight. The manager has tried to shield us from pressure. He lets us concentrate on our football.
'But results haven't been going our way so we are all under pressure.
'We are all pulling in the right direction and the fans clearly appreciate the job the manager's done. The club has come a long way in a short space of time.
'We haven't had the start to the season we would have wished for. We are not where we want to be.
'But we're showing in periods that we can play at this level. We are creating chances and scoring goals.
'We don't want to panic in this situation, although obviously that's not my decision to make.
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'But the manager's done a great job in the time he’s been here to get back to back promotions and then come into the Premier League.
'The club’s trying to build again from there. But it’s been a tough start to the season, there’s no doubt about it.
'We’ve had disappointing results. But we’ve all got the belief that we are capable of staying in this league.'