Stoke 3 Southampton 3: Adkins praises ‘outstanding’ attacking display
Stoke 3 Southampton 3: Nigel Adkins hails the Saints for an "outstanding" performance after drawing at the Britannia
Nigel Adkins heaped praise on Southampton for an “outstanding” attacking performance after the Saints held out for a valuable point at Stoke City.
Southampton talisman Rickie Lambert broke the deadlock after ten minutes but Potters striker Kenwyne Jones levelled with a deft finish.
However, Jay Rodriguez restored Southampton’s lead midway through the first half before Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson scored an own goal.
Tony Pulis’ men were much improved after the interval, and Matthew Upson reduced the deficit before Jerome completed the comeback in the 88th minute to rescue a point for 10-man Stoke.
“Stoke have only conceded four at home all season, so for us to have scored three is outstanding for us. We weathered a storm and it took a wonder-strike for Stoke to get a point. We are always positive and we can always score goals,” Adkins told BBC Sport.
“We have matured all season and it’s excellent to win a point at Stoke. We have a team that are showing a great character and a great desire to do well in this division.”
Meanwhile, Stoke manager Pulis admitted his side were “awful” in the first half but he was pleased with their improvement after the interval.
“I thought we were awful in the first half,” Pulis added.
“That’s as bad as we’ve been. We were poor defensively and gave poor goals away, and we looked off the pace. We were slapping ourselves on the back after the Liverpool game.
“But we ended up playing with a lot of commitment and desire and we think, even with 10 men, we should have won the match. It was a fantastic game for the supporters, but not for the manager.”