New signing Sharp thrills Adkins

12 February 2012 07:15:00 EST

Nigel Adkins believes new signing Billy Sharp can help his Southampton side clinch a second successive promotion this season.

The former Doncaster Rovers striker played a key role in Saturday's 2-0 win against Burnley, a result that leaves the Saints at 1212/1 to win promotion from the Championship.

West Ham United are 1/2 go up this term, while Birmingham City can be backed at 4/1 and Brighton at 1212/1.

Adam Lallana's early header had put Southampton in control before Sharp sealed the victory with a second goal.

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Adkins said of Sharp: "He's going to be a massive threat in this league. But it isn't about 11 players, we have a very strong squad to deal with the latter stages of the campaign.

"You can see the link-up play between Rickie Lambert and Billy, there are goals in both of them. They are going to be a huge threat for any defence."

Lambert is 1/8 to be the Championship's top scorer this season while Sharp is available at 80/1.

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