Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is targetting promotion after seeing his side thump Swindon 4-1.

Goals from Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Radhi Jaidi and Lee Barnard gave the Saints a routine victory which leaves them in fifth spot. However they have three games in hand on second-placed Bournemouth and are only six points behind as they target a return to the Championship.

Adkins said: "It is now a vital part of the season and we have to continue picking up points if we want to get promoted. It was a good three points, it was 4-1 but we could have had more because we started the game brightly and hit the post a couple of times."

He added: "We passed the ball well at times but we can also mix it up in the air and got a couple of goals that way.

"We left ourselves a bit exposed after the break but got to grips with the game and scored the two goals in quick succession which changed the game.

"We did not start the second half very well but got the goals we needed and now we march into March.

"We have got a great team who want to do well and even on the bench there are players that can come on and change the game."

At the other end of the table, Swindon are only above the relegation zone on goal difference as last season's play-off final loss looks further and further away.

Matt Ritchie's low shot briefly had the Robins level at 1-1 but assistant manager Peter Shirtliff admitted that his side were well beaten.

He said: "We were quite fortunate to be in the game at half-time and we got what we deserved in the end. We cannot complain about the result. We rode our luck at times and have just got to carry on and pick ourselves up. It is only us who can affect results at the end of the day."

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