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Southampton’s reasons to be cheerful

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins remains optimistic about his team’s chances of success this season, despite a 6-1 thrashing at the Emirates against Arsenal last Saturday.

The Saints boss spoke in his post-match interview about his side’s prospects and potential, despite being the only team in the league yet to secure a single point from their four games.

“From my point of view, I’m obviously pleased in the process that we want to pass the football.” Adkins said,

“I think we’ve demonstrated that we want to play out from the back and pass the football around and we did create some good opportunities.”

Newly promoted Southampton haven’t returned to the Premier League this season after being relegated in 2005. The new-look Saints have a relatively young and inexperienced team. But Adkins has tried to re-inforce his squad with the addition this summer of Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez, who played his first 45 minutes for the club in Saturday’s defeat.

“Gaston Ramirez coming on (was) delighted and I think we can already see the talent that he’s got,” said Adkins of his new signing. He also took the opportunity to praise 17-year-old James Ward-Prowse and point to the potential of the youngster:

“I thought he was outstanding – his energy was relentless [and] that will only bode well for the future.”

“We’re in the Barclays Premier League. The reality when we looked at the fixtures – Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal – realistically nobody thought we’d get anything from it. The fact of the matter is: we haven’t.”

The former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper conceded that his expectations were limited for their opening fixtures but maintained that there are plenty of positives to take from their start to the season:

“We have scored goals in every game and we’ve got belief about what we’re trying to do.”

Southampton host Aston Villa at St Mary’s this Saturday and will hope to jump-start their season into action in front of the home fans. Adkins certainly believes so.

“Our season will start from there.”

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