Adkins heaps praise on Southampton midfield pair

The Saints boss has hailed the performances of Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin and believes the duo will be crucial as they aim for Premier League survival
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has heaped praise on midfield duo Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin and hopes the pair can help the Saints maintain their Premier League status.

Adkins' side won the battle of the under pressure managers in a game that was cruelly dubbed 'El Sackico', as they eased past QPR 3-1 at Loftus Road.

Cork returned to the fray following injury and Southampton have gained four points in two games with him on the pitch leaving Adkins delighted with what he has witnessed.

“He [Cork] was yet again outstanding – him and Morgan Schneiderlin together,” Adkins told the Daily Echo.

“I played Jack Cork in every game after I signed him last season.

"He was called up for the Great Britain team for the Olympics which is a great honour obviously but we didn’t have him for pre-season.
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“He came back and in his first game he got injured, he came back after that and got injured straightaway in his comeback game."

The 23-year-old Cork has enjoyed an impressive record since his switch from Chelsea in 2011 and Adkins has been desperate to pair him with Schneiderlin in midfield, while youngster James Ward-Prowse continues to develop in what is the Premier League's youngest team.

Adkins added: “We’ve not had an opportunity to have Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin together until now.

“They are two young 23-year-olds who I believe have got so much potential and we can get a good partnership going with them.

“We also have young James Ward-Prowse who is going to be phenomenal for us and Steven Davis we have brought in and is still very young in footballling terms but has a wealth of experience he can help the players with.”