Adkins hails Saints focus

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins praised his side after they recorded a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Tranmere.

Rickie Lambert scored his fifth goal of the season and Adam Lallana added a second as Rovers wilted after a promising start.

It was Saints' fifth match without defeat, and Adkins said: "The good thing is we kept our concentration levels and passed the ball about and we should have scored more.

He added: "That is five matches unbeaten now and the wheels are in motion again. There is a belief and momentum about our game.

"This is the sort of game in which we could have dropped points but we kept at it and deserved to win.

"Rickie Lambert could have had a hat-trick. Apart from his goal he hit the bar and brought a good save out of the goalkeeper and I hope he goes on the sort of run we know he is capable of."

Tranmere manager Les Parry paid tribute to Southampton's quality but was left to rue the timings of their goals, especially their 42nd-minute opener.

He said: "Southampton have a superb side but I thought we had weathered the storm and I was disappointed to go in 1-0 down.

"It was a bad time to concede and if it had been goalless at the interval, as it threatened to be, it would have given us a lift.

"But they got a second goal soon after the break and it was one-way traffic after that."

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