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Nigel Adkins admits Southampton's Kelvin Davis should have done better at Fulham

Nigel Adkins: Admits Saints' number one keeper Kelvin Davis should have done better during their Boxing Day draw to Fulham

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Southampton boss Nigel Adkins did not offer Kelvin Davis any consolation following his goalkeeping error at Craven Cottage on Boxing Day.

The 36-year-old has only recently regained his place in the starting line-up, having been dropped four matches into the season.

A fumble during their Fulham clash led to a Dimitar Berbatov opener, a goal that proved costly, and Adkins admits Davis should have done better.

"Some of Kelvin's distribution was outstanding yet again," the Southampton boss said.

"Kelvin has had a very quiet afternoon when you look at it. He has not really had that many things to go and do.

"The conditions are what they are. We are all accustomed to playing in the wind, rain, snow, bumpy pitches, hard pitches, dry pitches.

"You've just got to deal with it. You can't complain about it."

While Adkins may be tempted to make a change in goal when the Saints visit Stoke on Saturday, he has played down talks linking the club with a move for another keeper.

He said: "There is speculation about everybody, I don't know where it comes from half the time.

"We've got three goalkeepers vying for the positions. I have high hopes for Paulo (Gazzaniga) and two experienced goalkeepers.

"On the training ground they are working really hard and Kelvin has got the shirt at the moment."

Adkins revealed Southampton picked up one or two knocks in the hard-fought draw against Fulham on Wednesday.

He expects those unnamed players to recover in time for the trip to the Britannia Stadium, but Saints captain Adam Lallana is out with a knee complaint.

Adkins remained reserved on the severity of the knee injury and would not be drawn on the possibility of cover for Lallana being brought in this January.

"He's not going to play against Stoke and that is all we're going to talk about," Adkins said.

"We are not going to speculate about anybody. It is fair to say in January, all teams will be open for business."