Southampton won't throw me overboard, insists under-fire Adkins after Spurs defeat
22:00 GMT, 28 October 2012
Nigel Adkins insists his job as Southampton manager is safe, despite the defeat by Tottenham making it four games without a win.
Southampton were dreadful in the first half, with some fans booing the team as they went off at half-time.
But as Adkins heads into a month which sees his team face winnable games against West Brom, Swansea, QPR, Newcastle and Norwich, he remains confident that chairman Nicola Cortese will not be looking for a replacement.
Struggle: Adkins' side occupy 19th in the Premier League
'I'll get time from the board,' insisted 47-year-old Adkins.
'You need to be confident and positive. We're all working hard for each other. We have regular meetings for all employees and I told them that we've had plain sailing in recent years with back-to-back promotions. But this season it is going to be a bit choppy. But you have to stick together and come through the storm. Then you say, “Well done”. It's a great challenge and one we are enjoying. No-one said it was going to be easy. This is the hardest league in the world and we are giving a good account of ourselves.'
Adkins cut a relaxed figure after the match, seemingly handling the defeat better than his goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who was alleged to have kicked a bottle of water at a steward after Tottenham's second goal. He also sarcastically applauded the Southampton fans for booing him at the end of the first half.
Bad day at the office: Boruc was alleged to have kicked a bottle at a steward
For Andre Villas-Boas, it was a more pleasing afternoon as Tottenham moved into the top four, something the manager believes is important even at this early stage of the season.
'It's a massive win considering that we
are embracing the Europa League,' said Villas-Boas, whose side only
returned from Slovenia after the draw with Maribor at 2am on Friday.
On target: Bale scored Tottenham's opener
'We want to make the most of the Southampton and Wigan games before we go to Man City and Arsenal. It is important to be in the top four, especially ahead of those games against teams who are fighting around us.'
And the Portuguese said the spirit his side showed in the second half was reminiscent of the 3-2 win at Old Trafford last month.
'I said to the players at half-time that only 3-0 would put the game to bed because they had nothing to lose,' he said.
'But as soon as they scored, the nature of the game changed. It was similar to the game at Old Trafford in its nature. But we showed the desire in the second half. You want that kind of effort from your players.'
Villas-Boas embraced all his players at the end and sent them to the away fans to give away their shirts.