Adkins upbeat despite Southampton loss to Ajax

The Dutch giants claimed a 1-0 victory at St Mary's in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, but the Saints boss feels his side can take a lot of positives away from the game
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins felt his side could take away plenty of positive lessons despite suffering a 1-0 defeat against Ajax in a pre-season friendly.

Aras Ozbiliz struck the only goal of the game on 64 minutes as the Dutch side emerged victorious in the fixture at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

But in spite of the loss, Adkins was upbeat about his side's performance, and in particular their ability to restrict their illustrious opponents' attempts on goal.

"There are a lot of lessons that we can learn from today," he told the club's official website. "We are delighted with all of the pre-season games that we have got because we will probably find that we won't play any team that will keep the ball as well as them.

"They were an outstanding test. We are pleased because they didn't create any chances. The goal they scored came through us presenting them with the chance but they haven't really cut us open.

"It was a good game against top class opposition. We have stepped up the game time for the players against a team that are ahead of us in terms of their pre-season schedule."

Southampton's next friendly is at home to Wolves on August 4. They will also face Bristol City and Udinese before kicking off their Premier League campaign away to Manchester City on August 19.