Southampton boss Adkins: Gazzaniga is going to be a top keeper

The 20-year-old failed to hold Robert Snodgrass' free kick on Wednesday night, giving Norwich City a share of the spoils, but the boss is opting to stick with the Argentine
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is confident that Paulo Gazzaniga will become a top goalkeeper, despite his mistake that cost his side all three points against Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday.

The Argentine let Robert Snodgrass' free kick squirm through his grasp and into the net on the stroke of half-time, which allowed the Canaries a share of the spoils after Rickie Lambert's opener.

But Adkins is sticking by the 20-year-old and will not be dropping him in punishment for the error, telling reporters: "I've got every confidence in Paulo Gazzaniga. He is going to be a top, top keeper.

"Paulo has got the shirt. He made a mistake the other night but Paulo is great because he is only 20 and he's been big enough to stand up and say: 'Yeah, I messed up there', but it hasn't fazed him and that is the important thing.

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"He has a growing confidence about himself and that's an important thing for us. He's got to be allowed to make mistakes so he learns, just don't make the same one.

"He is going to grow in strength. Time will tell if we can afford to let him make those mistakes in the Premier League.

"Keepers are under unique pressures as every situation, every goal, every mistake you make is always going to be highlighted more than the saves you make, because you are expected to make them.

"But as a team I think we have been growing as a team and if you look at all the points we have amassed this season he has been in goal for all of them."