Adkins taking cup seriously

  • Last Updated: August 27 2012, 15:00 BST

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins insists the newly-promoted side are taking the Capital One Cup seriously despite the fact he plans to make a number of changes for Tuesday's match at Stevenage.

Adkins: Will give fringe players a chance

The south coast club head to Broadhall Way looking to secure their first competitive win of the season following defeats to Manchester City and Wigan in their opening Premier League matches.

Saturday's home defeat to the Latics was particularly galling but Adkins is confident his players will respond in the right manner in the second round tie against Stevenage in a competition he will not be taking lightly.

"After the Wigan defeat we have got another game on Tuesday, which is good," he said.

"Obviously it gives us an opportunity for some of the players who haven't started the last two games to start so there will be a bit of rotation.

"We will be taking it seriously, though. We want to win every game of football.

"If you have got a shirt on playing for Southampton, you have a winning mentality that we have here.

"We want to go out and endeavour to win every game of football."

Adkins plans to field a number of academy graduates and squad players against the npower League One side on Tuesday night.

Tadanari Lee is one of those likely to start against Stevenage as the Japan international continues his rehabilitation after suffering a foot injury at the end of last season.

"It will be similar to what we did last year," Adkins said of his Capital One Cup plans.

"Obviously the objective is to get the youth players through the system as well as players that have been in the squad that have not had the games.

"We have Tadanari Lee and he has been out after an operation on his foot at the end of last season.

"He played 70 minutes in a development game and has the perfect opportunity now in his rehabilitation.

"He is getting closer to full fitness and could actually start the game against Stevenage so that is what we will be looking to do for Chung (Lee)."

Jack Cork remains Southampton's only injury concern as the 23-year-old is still recovering from an ankle knock picked up in pre-season.

There is also unlikely to be any new reinforcements available for the match with Adkins making no secrets of his desire to bring in new faces before the end of the transfer window.

"We have been very active behind the scenes all summer," he said.

"I would imagine in the final week we will still be very active and see what we have when the window closes."