Adkins vows to stay positive
Nigel Adkins is adamant that he will continue with an attacking approach in games despite Southampton's poor start to the season.
The Saints chief watched as his side crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday to make it five losses from their opening six matches back in the Premier League. Adkins' men have also get the leakiest defence in the top flight with 18 goals shipped so far which has prompted suggestions that he might be tempted to quell his attacking principles in order to keep things tighter at the back. But the former Scunthorpe manager insists his target is to always try and collect three points in matches and he sees no reason why he should change that mindset. He told the Daily Echo: "You should always be positive because you've got to look to win games. "We do play good passing football and that was demonstrated in good spells in the second half. "And at home we are very effective in doing that, but it's about winning games of football. "You've got to score goals to win games of football and, likewise, you've got to keep them out at the other end. "We have shipped far too many goals, it's something we're addressing, but likewise you've got to understand you're playing against good players." Adkins added: "We are looking to go away from home and win games, not just have a defensive mindset. "We want to be positive in our approach and we demonstrated that with the way we started the game. "But, likewise, we've got to make sure we give ourselves an opportunity to win the game, and if we can't win it then get a point."