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Adkins Delighted To Go Four Unbeaten

Nigel Adkins was delighted to us take all three points against Aston Villa today, keep a cleansheet and extend our unbeaten run to four games in the league.

Speaking to saintsfc following the game, the gaffer said.

'It was a good three points. We kept a cleansheet which was pleasing and I thought we could've been out of sight in the first half. In the second half we have to give credit to Aston Villa because they came at us very strong, but we weathered the storm. We're improving all the time. We knew it was going to be tough, but we showed great character and got off to a good start with a lot of sustained pressure.'

The controversial element of the game came with our winner from the penalty spot, but Adkins was pleased to see 'luck' go with us for a change, even though it wasn't a penalty.

'The referee has had some interesting decisions to make across the course of the game. I thin we could have had seven or eight penalties this year, so they say it evens itself out. I have just looked at it, I don't know which one he has given it for because I think he has talked of giving it for the first challenge, which is not. The second one is obviously with Jay and for me there is no contact of the player. He has given it, and Rickie put it away fantastically well.'

As for Luke Shaw's injury, Adkins added.

'It's a nasty gashed knee that he has got at this moment in time, so he will be assessed.'

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Writer: Vital Saint Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 12 2013

Time: 8:43PM

Your Comments

I hope that Luke is not going to miss many games though Chelsea may come too soon for him.
sfc4ghg
Just pleased to get three points. Not how we like but hey it is three points.
VSrednwhite
Thought there'd be more goals than that. Nice to see us moving up the table though, get some breathing room.
Vital Saint
Needed to with the games to come. Chelsea away next.
sfc4ghg
Dissembling and nonsense from your manager. Rodriguez is a another stinking cheat, and all the more so as he blatantly lied to his fellow players when he had just done so with his innocent look and his "I didn't dive" bleating. And for your manager to suggest 'things even themselves out' does not address the issue, and is a cowardly response. Quite a roll call now of stinking cheats in the Premier League. P'raps you'll all react a bit more honestly when you are on the receiving end. And for the record, I ain't a Villa supporter, and my club has at least one stinking cheat, and he came from your club, coincidentally.
lordjohnny
OTT! Seen in slow motion it seems worse but every club now seems to have these players. Nobody mentions the dangerous above the knee tackle on Ramirez which should have been a red card. If you want to slag someone off be brave enough to name your team.
sfc4ghg
I will add that we have suffered where penalties have been given against us in similar instances. Spurs are not short of divers and that it is not just Bale that has done it at yours. I will agree that this needs to be stopped but you should be going for the rule makers
sfc4ghg
Well done. You got the right team. Slow motion, fast motion, stop frame animation, CGI? No-one touched him, whatever the speed, and you cannot dress that up. And, because he may have been tackled badly does not give him a get out of jail card to cheat. Other instances of injustices similarly does not mean condoning cheating. Two wrongs etc. This isn't directed solely at your club, but I thought Rodriguez's actions yesterday despicable. Defoe and Bale are culprits too. I am glad you agree it should be stopped, but the sanctions are already there. It is not the refs fault if they are conned. Players are cheating, and their managers are complicit. Neither appears concerned. Football is amoral, and there is no shame. Eventually it will kill the game. Either players start acting honestly, or introduce retrospective punishment and lengthy bans. Remember, in golf if you cheat, you're banned for life.
lordjohnny
I can go along with your answer but feel that technology usage would also solve the problem straight away. Retrospective bans is a double edged sword. If you lost Bale and Defoe for a couple of games retrospectively, other teams might benefit from your lost players availability other than possibly your own team. Teams that play you could by beating a weakened side affect the places of other sides. Yes players should pay but during games not at a later date.
SFC Forever
Jesus you got a nerve. Spurs have two of the worst divers and this was Jay's first for us. If you got such a problem with divers why aint ya having a right dig at your own players. Jeez.
VSrednwhite
Take it easy on him guys. He is probably upset because Spurs didn't win. Though nobody likes divers do they?
SFC Forever
VS rednwhite- Read my post, here and on Vital Spurs before you think I'm two-faced. I fricking hate cheats, whether at Spurs or elsewhere, and call them all out. Bale Defoe, and before them Zokora, Nayim, Claessens and anyone else in the colours who shames the shirt. Just because it was your player's first makes no difference. However, he compounded it by his immediate denial. Once a cheat, always a cheat. They should be treated as pariahs, and I've stated on Spurs' website that I wouldn't care if Bale left. A great player, now diminished by his behaviour. Why is there different morals for snooker and golf, where cheating is dealt with seriously? Time all fans had a reality check. I want us to win, but not that way.
lordjohnny
Only way for retrospective punishment is for the FA to say that there will be action taken against any player found to have cheated. LJ I do believe that the vast majority of fans would like to see this stamped out. I am writing an article which may show my feelings over the weekend. Maybe it will give us all a chance to discuss this further.
SFC Forever
If you don't like it change it!! We have the power but refuse to use it.
VSrednwhite
 

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