Southampton boss Adkins upset momentum stopped by match officials

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins feels the match officials sucked the momentum out of his players after their draw with Norwich City.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins feels the match officials sucked the momentum out of his players after their draw with Norwich City.

Despite handling in the build-up, Rickie Lambert broke the deadlock, while Saints boss Adkins felt the challenge in the build-up to Robert Snodgrass' leveller should not have been a free-kick.

"The first half we were on the front foot and there was a verve about us," the Saints boss said after the 1-1 draw.

"We scored a good goal through Rickie Lambert and could have scored one or two others.

"Unfortunately, the game has changed for us bang on half-time with the goal we have conceded.

"I don't think it was a free-kick from where I was in the dugout, watching the video back, Nathaniel Clyne made contact with the ball first [before Snodgrass].

"The ball has gone in that direction, indicating he made contact first, but the referee has given the decision and we've got to save it.

"That gave them a big uplift and in the second half I thought they were the better team.

"All-in-all, we've got another point. That is eight points in the last four games so we'll take the positives from that and move onto the next game."

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