Lallana: Southampton correct to stand by Adkins

The Saints midfielder - who was a stand-out performer in the 2-0 win over Newcastle - is delighted that the St Mary's board stuck by the boss following a recent upturn in results

Southampton captain Adam Lallana has praised his club's hierarchy for standing by manager Nigel Adkins in the face of poor results.

Saints managed to register just one win in their first 10 Premier League fixtures, losing eight, and racked up a division record by conceding the highest number of goals after eight games.

The poor run led to speculation over the future of Adkins at St Mary's, but, with the 47-year-old still at the helm, Southampton have improved and taken seven points from their last three fixtures - including a crucial away win over fellow strugglers QPR.

10/1 Southampton are 10/1 with bet365 to repeat the feat and win 2-0 at home against Norwich on Wednesday
Midfielder Lallana, who was a stand-out performer in Sunday's 2-0 win over Newcastle United, told the Sun. “It has worked not to panic. Nigel knows the lads better than anyone.”

Mark Clattenberg will take charge of Wednesday's fixture at St Mary's following the Football Association's decision that the referee had no case to answer following claims that he used inappropriate language during October's clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.