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Southampton development thrills Adkins

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins was absolutely delighted to see his side move out of the relegation zone today.

The Saints produced an impressive performance to beat Newcastle United 2-0 at St Mary's which allowed them to shift up to 17th on the table with a second straight victory.

Southampton are now unbeaten in three after a poor beginning and Adkins has been thrilled with the ability of his players to come good despite being beaten and battered in the early stages of the campaign.

"It was probably a better performance than last week (3-1 win over QPR)," said Adkins.

"There was a good momentum about us and we carried that on today. It was a good performance.

"We scored two, but could have scored some more. The crowd were great, the players were great and we got a clean sheet.

"We've been progressing all the way through. Last week I spoke about a growing maturity about the group of players and I think we're progressing well.

"Our confidence has been good since the start of pre-season, but you've got to get yourself ready as quickly as possible to reach the level the Premier League is at.

"The players are doing that and doing that very well at this moment in time. We know we're in the hardest, toughest and most desirable league to be in.

"We worked very hard to get here and we'll continue to keep working hard. We have a forward momentum about ourselves."

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Andrew Slevison
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