Proud Adkins revels in saint's promotion

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins declared himself a "happy man" as the Saints thrashed Coventry 4-0 to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Two goals from Adam Lallana and further efforts from Billy Sharp and Jos Hooiveld ensured the Saints cleared the final hurdle with ease, ultimately finishing only one point behind npower Championship champions Reading.

Asked to sum up his feelings amid a mass pitch invasion at the final whistle, Adkins said: "Pride, too right it's pride. A lot of people put a lot of hard work in, and for the players trying to get off the pitch now, being mobbed by our fantastic supporters, they deserve all the plaudits they get. Since I joined the football club, they've been tremendous."

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