Adkins: Southampton will stick with attacking principles

The Saints' boss insists he will not alter his open style of play, in spite of his side having the Premier League's worst defensive record and lost five of their six games
Southampton managaer Nigel Adkins insists that he will stick to his attacking principles, in spite of the Premier League newcomers having the Premier League's worst defensive record.

The free-scoring Saints have shipped 18 goals in just six top-flight games since their promotion, throwing away 2-1 leads against both Manchester clubs in the process.

But the former Scunthorpe boss is adamant that his side can outscore teams, and preserve their Premier League status.

"You should always be positive because you’ve got to look to win games," Adkins told The Daily Echo.

"We do play good passing football and that was demonstrated in good spells in the second half and at home we are very effective in doing that, but it’s about winning games of football.

"You’ve got to score goals to win games of football and, likewise, you’ve got to keep them out at the other end.

"We have shipped far too many goals, it’s something we’re addressing, but likewise you’ve got to understand you’re playing against good players.

"We believe in playing football the right way, but we’ve come away from home and it’s about winning," Adkins said after his side's recent defeat to Everton.

"We’ve got a philosophy but it’s got be effective passing. We can do that, as Everton did – they can pass the ball about, move with a good rotation and have that physical presence going forward, but they can play long if they need to.

"It’s about having that all round game."