Southampton boss Nigel Adkins praises his 'united' side

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins said "massive togetherness" helped his side beat Aston Villa 4-1 and secure their first Premier League win of the season.

The hosts trailed to a first-half Darren Bent strike, but four second-half goals saw Southampton notch their first points of the campaign.

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Everyone has worked very, very hard - from the chairman all the way down

Nigel Adkins

Adkins said: "There was a real belief about what we did. We scored some good goals and arguably could've got more.

"It's great that we've got a club where everyone's united together."

It looked bleak for Southampton, a side bottom of the table and without a point prior to the match, when Bent scored his first goal since February.

But two goals within five minutes of each other after the break, courtesy of Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne, put the hosts in the ascendancy.

A further goal from Jason Puncheon and a late Lambert penalty - which took him level with Swansea's Michu at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with four - ensured a comfortable win for last year's Championship runners-up.

"I think it is understandable when you lose the first [four league] games of the season there is a bit of tension and anxiety," added Adkins.

Match facts

  • There have been 29 goals scored in the six competitive matches involving Southampton so far this season.
  • Rickie Lambert has scored 15 goals in his last 19 appearances for Southampton.
  • Aston Villa have not won in their last 11 Premier League away games.

"We want to pass the football and everyone is well aware of that. We've done it on many, many occasions.

"I think the supporters understand that as well and there was a massive togetherness all the way through the stadium.

"We have come a long way in a short space of time and, even sometimes when things aren't quite going our way, everyone pulls together.

"Everyone has worked very, very hard - from the chairman all the way down. We have got some fantastic staff, some fantastic football players and importantly the supporters, who are outstanding."