Schneiderlin happy at St Mary's

Frenchman pleased with life under Nigel Adkins

Morgan Schneiderlin: Happy with life at St Mary's

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Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin insists he is loving life under Nigel Adkins.

The French midfielder is vying for a starting spot at St Mary's - but despite being in-and-out for much of the season, he insists it is not an issue.

Schneiderlin says he is enjoying the battle for his place in the side.

"I try to do my best and we've got great competition," he told the Daily Echo.

"When you're on the pitch, you try to enjoy it.

"I love the way the gaffer wants to play, that's the way I want to play, passing the ball about.

"I try to do the best as I can, and hopefully it's enough.

"When I first came it was with Jan Poortvliet. He wanted to play his football, but we were young and everything.

"After that in League One it is more difficult, because teams press you.

"Under Pardew it was more like long balls and get the second balls, and that was not really my game.

"But today, at this moment, we try to play out from the back and that's how I learned to play football, so of course he has benefited me."

Hope

Schneiderlin is hoping to retain his place as third place Middlesbrough come to town on Saturday.

"I know they are a team who pass the ball about well and it's going to be a tough game," said Schneiderlin.

"When you are a football player you train every week to play games like that (against West Ham).

"I'm sure it's going to be a great atmosphere again on Saturday against Middlesbrough.

"I think we showed that we can perform against the big teams and Middlesbrough is one of the big teams.

"So we've got to have the same mentality as we had against West Ham and hopefully our quality will make the difference.

"We had this pressure last year, but now we try to forget a bit the league table.

"We know we've got a good record at home, and we are going to try to keep this home record against Middlesbrough on Saturday."

Meanwhile, Southampton keeper Jack Dovey has joined local side Eastleigh on loan for a month.