Adkins not feeling pressure

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Southampton boss Nigel Adkins insists he is not feeling any additional pressure with his side now back in an automatic promotion place with four games remaining.

Saints returned to second spot behind Brighton after ending the champions` unbeaten home record with a 2-1 victory at the Withdean. Goals in the last five minutes from substitute David Connolly and defender Jose Fonte turned the game on its head after Ashley Barnes had fired Albion ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Adkins said: "For us it's got to be in the here and now. We're looking to get this magnificent club into the next division and for that we must take care of business."

He added: "We had five games called off, we've had to play catch up and towards the end of the season there are lots of twists and turns.''

Adkins had no doubt Saints richly deserved to end Brighton's impressive run of 12 successive home wins.

He added: "Brighton put their best team out but our game plan was right and we played the match on our terms.

"We conceded a shocking goal but had so many opportunities in the second half and deserved the victory."

Brighton have walked away with the title before Easter playing a high-tempo passing game, but manager Gus Poyet admitted they were not at their best in the penultimate game at a sun-drenched Withdean.

"Our home record has helped us achieve what we have but it's over now," said the Uruguayan.

"We didn't play well and didn't pass as well as we can. ``It's a fact that we have lost only six games in 43 and we've won the title playing a passing game."

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Jose Fonte
League One
Ashley Barnes
David Connolly
Brighton & Hove Albion

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