Koeman: Positives to take into Newcastle

By SFC Media time Sun 03 Apr Club

Ronald Koeman says Saints cannot afford to start games like they did at Leicester City, but believes there are still a lot of positives to take from the display.

Koeman was unhappy with how his side began both halves in their 1-0 defeat at King Power Stadium, as the hosts dominated the early stages of the opening period, before Victor Wanyama was booked within seconds of the restart after bringing down Jamie Vardy when he threatened to break clear.

However, he was satisfied with much of the rest of their performance, particularly during an impressive spell of pressure shortly before Wes Morgan headed in the decisive goal.

"First of all, we have to realise that we can't start the game like we did today, even in the second half how we start with the action of Victor Wanyama with the yellow card, because that makes the opponent even more stronger, but I think we can take a lot of positive things out of the game and what we need for next week,” Koeman told Southampton's official YouTube channel.

Saints now turn their attention to next Saturday’s home clash with Newcastle, which is the first of their final six games, in which they will bid to secure a  European spot.

"If you don't win close to the end of the season then it's always more difficult, but, ok, that happened, but we know every weekend it's unpredictable what happens in the Premier League and now the focus is for next Saturday,” said Koeman.