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Southampton boss Adkins defends Rodriguez

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has defended Jay Rodriguez over the way he won their matchwinning penalty against Aston Villa.

Adkins has admitted there was no contact made with Jay Rodriguez when the player won the penalty that beat Aston Villa at the weekend, but he still claims the striker is not a diver and that the Saints do not advocate simulation.

Adkins, 47, said: "He's not a diver. We don't advocate diving here whatsoever. We could have had eight penalties this season, we don't surround the referee, we allow the referees to make the decisions."

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