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."