Southampton boss Adkins, Norwich's Hughton happy with Clattenburg return

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins and Norwich City's Chris Hughton welcomed back ref Mark Clattenburg for their 1-1 draw last night.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins and Norwich City's Chris Hughton welcomed back ref Mark Clattenburg for their 1-1 draw last night.

The decisions surrounding both goals may have left the managers frustrated but both were pleased to see Clattenburg refereeing again.

"He is an excellent referee," Hughton said. "I think probably more than the actual performance itself, I think I speak for most when I say we were absolutely delighted to see him back.

"He has a real passion for what he does and he is very, very good at what he does.

"We need as many good referees and them performing week in, week out."

Adkins echoed those sentiments, adding: "Of course I am pleased to see him back.

"It was an unfortunate situation that arose and meant he was out for a month, but he is a fine referee and has a great career in front of him."

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