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Adkins takes blame for Saints exit

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Nigel Adkins shouldered the blame for his Southampton side's Capital One Cup exit at Leeds, accepting the majority of the 11 different faces he fielded did not take their chance to shine.

Goals from Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf and a Luciano Becchio penalty helped the npower Championship side to their second successive top-flight scalp, with their 3-0 victory earning them a first quarter-final berth since 1996.

Neil Warnock's men had the run of the park against a below-par Saints side, with Adkins' much-changed side unable to find sanctuary from their dismal Premier League form. "We didn't perform anywhere near what's expected of a Southampton Football Club team," he said.

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