Midfielder Adam Lallana claims Southampton are a better side since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins at St Mary’s.
The decision of chairman Nicola Cortese to axe Adkins and replace him with the Argentinian coach in mid-January sparked outrage with the fans and certain sections of the media.
However, Pochettino has gradually won over his doubters and a run of three successive wins has lifted the Saints up to 11th to virtually guarantee a second season of Premier League football.
And Lallana, who scored the second goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Adkins’ new club Reading at the Madejski Stadium, feels the decision to make the change is now paying dividends.
“We’re sitting higher in the league, we’re scoring more goals and I think the table speaks for itself,” he said.
“We’ve got a different manager who’s got a different culture about him. He’s got different methods and he’s gradually getting them across to the players.”
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