Rickie Lambert has backed Nigel Adkins to turn around Southampton's fortunes and believes the players should shoulder as much of the blame as the manager for their current plight.

Saints' start to life back in the top flight after a seven-year absence has been far from ideal, conceding 29 goals and securing just five points from 11 Barclays Premier League matches. That poor start has seen questions raised over the future of manager Adkins, who on Saturday leads his side into an important match with fellow strugglers QPR.

Lambert is hopeful of a result in west London and joined the chorus of those backing the Southampton manager. "I definitely want him to stay," the striker said. "He looks at me to try and lead the team as well and I am trying to obviously help him."

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