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Southampton cruise past Leeds in season opener

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins still feels there is room for improvement despite a 3-1 home win over Leeds. He told Sky Sports: "It was a long way from the perfect performance but it's an important three points.

"We had to compete, we gave ourselves problems and tried to play in the wrong areas at times, but we scored three good goals and got a valuable three points.

"We gave a poor goal away at the end as well, which we are frustrated about. But it kick-starts our season which is great."

"We've got some good players," added Adkins.

"You see what (Adam) Lallana and (David) Connolly have done, there's a little bit of magic in there. We've got a strong squad who all want to do well for each other."

Leeds pulled one back from the penalty spot but the Saints were good value for the win.

"We want to do as best as we can," said Adkins.

"This is going to be the hardest league going, everyone is going to beat each other. We have to be competitive and keep some consistency about ourselves.

"There will be ups and downs but if we all stick together and work hard for each other then who knows?

"But there is a long way to go and there are about 16 or 17 teams who think they have got a chance of being promoted."

Leeds boss Simon Grayson was critical of his players after this defeat.

He told Yorkshire Radio: "It was a shock to the system considering how well we played six days before against Newcastle, when we had energy, passion, desire. We had none of that.

"Too many players went out to do their own thing and not what we told them and that's where we've come unstuck.

"There has been nothing wrong in training, we knew Southampton would pass through midfield and people didn't do what we asked them to do.

"That's extremely disappointing and if they don't do it, the team will suffer. Southampton looked far better than us."

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