Adkins accepts Southampton outclassed by Chelsea

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins had no complaints after their 5-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Chelsea.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins had no complaints after their 5-1 FA Cup defeat at home to Chelsea.

Southampton had lost just two of their last 10 games today and Nigel Adkins knows his side were well beaten.

"I thought Chelsea were very good in the second half," he said. "I think we started the game brightly, scored a very good goal from Jay Rodriguez. It was a good game to watch from our point of view in the first half.

"There was some good football played and the big killer blow came for us on the stroke of half-time with the goal they've gone and scored.

"It is fair to say in the second half, Chelsea demonstrated the good players they've got in the team and to give them credit I thought they were very good and took it away from us.

"What he have to do is put the game to bed, move on and look to the next one.

"We've got a week's recovery and preparation now after a busy fixture period. Hopefully it gives one or two of the lads that have been out a chance to recover and we get ready for Aston Villa."

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