Nigel Adkins warns Arsenal not to expect another 6-1 win at St Mary's
Nigel Adkins says there will be no repeat of their 6-1 defeat to Arsenal when they meet on New Year's Day.
Last Updated: 02/01/13 7:26am
Saints were given a Premier League lesson earlier this season at the Emirates, but the south coast side has been steadily improving, and have lost just two of their last nine.
"We have improved and grown in maturity all the way through," Adkins said.
"Obviously we had a baptism of fire coming into the Barclays Premier League when you look at the fixtures we had at the start of the campaign.
"We have only lost two of the last nine games, which is important and both of them were narrow 1-0 defeats.
"I think we have got a group of players that have become more accustomed to the level that we are at.
"At Arsenal we did all right for the first half an hour and then Jos Hooiveld got injured and I had to bring Maya Yoshida on for this debut.
"He had only had one day's training with us and for 15 minutes Arsenal gave us a good doing, but we have improved.
"We have grown in maturity and we are looking forward to the next run of fixtures we've got."