Adkins told the Daily Echo: "Kelvin Davis has been outstanding since I joined this football club.
"He's the ultimate professional and a major player in what's happened at Southampton in the last few years.
"But I have to make a decision, that's what I'm paid to do.
"I told him on Thursday of my decision and he responded exactly as I would expect - in a positive, professional manner because he's a top pro.
"Paulo has put in a good performance. He caught the ball when he needed to, kicked it well and made a good block in the second half."
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