Adkins confident of Saints promotion

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins remains confident his side will secure automatic promotion despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Charlton.

Saints missed the chance to climb into second spot after old-boy Bradley Wright-Phillips cancelled out Radhi Jaidi's opener three minutes from time.

"We've got another point on the scorecard with 10 games to go," said Adkins. "And I can speak from experience, having been promoted from this division twice, that there'll be plenty of twists and turns."

Charlton had lost seven of their previous eight games and Adkins admitted: "Chris Powell's players gave him everything and worked their socks off for him.


"It's early in his career and it's important he goes through some challenges but the players are having a right go for this club and I think they'll get through this sticky spell."

Addicks boss Powell had some rare praise for the officials after referee Andy D'Urso correctly adjudged that an effort from Miguel Llera, which crashed off the underside of the crossbar, had not crossed the line.

"I've got to say, at the time I thought it was over by a number of inches," he said. "But I've seen it on video and I've apologised to the officials because they made the right decision and it's a fantastic decision considering they made it in real time.

"But fair play to the boys as they showed courage after going a goal behind and we got what we deserved.

"It's been a real tough time for everyone, including myself, after coming in with four wins at the start.

"We put in a real shift but they scored from a set play and you could almost feel the crowd thinking we're going to lose another game. They got a bit carried away at 1-1, thinking they could nick a result, but we just needed to get something."

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