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Paul Lambert backs Nigel Adkins

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert has defended Nigel Adkins against speculation linking him with the sack at Southampton. Sky Sports reports.

Adkins has led Saints to back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League and Lambert feels the criticism is unjustified.

He said: “It’s getting a bit silly now. With what he’s done for them, and when it’s only four games into the season, I think it’s a bit ridiculous. But football is like that – you just never know what’s around the corner.”

The south coast side are currently bottom of the Premier League, conceding 14 goals in four games-including six away at Arsenal and face Lambert’s Aston Villa side at St Mary’s tomorrow.

The Scot is more than aware of the pressures at top-flight management, as Villa lost their opening two games against West Ham and Everton, but have since bounced back with a draw at Newcastle and a win over Swansea.

“The Premier League is an unforgiving division. Every game is hard, whoever you are playing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a side in the top six or bottom six. It’s a hard, hard league”, he added.

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