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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is taking nothing for granted after his side's 3-0 win at Brentford edged them closer to automatic promotion.

Goals from Adam Lallana, David Connolly and Oscar Gobern kept the Saints one point ahead of third-placed Huddersfield, with Adkins' side now preparing for Monday's game in hand at Plymouth.

Adkins said: "We've got two games to go and we'll make sure everyone stays grounded. We face Plymouth, who also need to win, and we know what we have to do. We will be totally prepared and we'll make sure that every area of the players' requirements are catered for ahead of the next two games."

He added: I was very pleased with this performance because this is never an easy place to come. Brentford kept working hard and the conditions were very difficult, but we took our early chances and that's what counts at this level.

"When I came here, I wanted us to win automatic promotion and nothing has changed in that respect. If we lose a game, we sit down and analyse where we've gone wrong so that we don't lose the lessons from the game.

"I've got a set of players here who are all happy to learn and that is why they have achieved what they have achieved so far."

Disappointed Brentford manager Nicky Forster admitted his side "never got out of the blocks" in a disappointing first half.

He said: "You look at a team like Southampton, and there's no doubt they are a Championship side and we were beaten convincingly, but that doesn't discount the fact that I was disappointed with the first half where I thought we didn't keep possession well enough or get tight enough on them.

"Goals change games, and if we'd scored the penalty in the final minutes, then who knows?

"What I will say, and this is not an excuse, is that we have many key players out and only two fit strikers to choose from, so we are running out of bodies."

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Football
Championship
League One
Huddersfield Town
Southampton
Nicky Forster
Adam Lallana
Brentford
David Connolly
Oscar Gobern
Plymouth Argyle
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