Ronald Koeman spoke to the media following the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Barclays Premier League.
Here’s what the Saints boss had to say to the assembled media at Villa Park:
On Aston Villa’s goal that gave them a 1-0 lead…
It was bad. It was a misunderstanding defensively and that cost the 1-0. Then always it is more difficult because after that they defended more, less attacking to try to keep that good organisation and it was difficult for us to create opportunities.
But finally we deserve the goal. We had the patience in the second half. We kept the organisation in the team what we said at half-time. We know they will be defending and keep the organisation because normally we always score. It was late, but well deserved.
On Saints deserving a point from the game…
I think we played well and we showed to be patient, to show the character to have the belief in scoring that equaliser.
We deserved that one because we had a lot of domination in the ball possession. That’s not always the key to win the game but we played more football than they did.
On goalkeeper Fraser Forster…
That’s not usually a goal against us. I think it was a misunderstanding and I have to watch it back, but from the bench I saw his reaction to come out, he stopped, and if you stop you are too late.
He’s clever enough to understand that kind of mistake, he’s a great goalkeeper and that didn’t change with this mistake.
On Saints’ hard run of fixtures in upcoming weeks…
It’s not to say that for the next week, because every game in the Premier League is difficult. We spoke about it before the game but we missed some key players. They are in a difficult situation in the table and maybe that’s more dangerous than normally.
After the 1-0 down it was more difficult but still we have one point and that’s, for the feeling and the confidence, very good.
On Nathaniel Clyne, who scored the equalising goal…
I like to have offensive defenders and in some moment in the game in the last 20 minutes José Fonte was trying as well.
We know with Ryan (Bertrand) and Clyney, and always with Clyney, because one of his qualities is to play offensively. He has that freedom from the coach and it was an important goal.
The forwards had a difficult evening, there was not a lot of space and I think we missed a bit of quality in the last pass or cross in the box and we needed a defender to score.
On Nathaniel Clyne’s debut for England giving him more confidence…
One, is more confident and two maybe it is more quality because you play international games and you know now what that means for a player. He’s, in my opinion, the best right full-back in the Premier League.
On Chelsea moving six points clear at the top of the table…
Until now Chelsea is the team to beat and it’s difficult because they have I think in all the facts of football they have qualities in defending and attacking.
I can’t say that they have something worse in the team. It’s up to the rest and we try to keep our position, to keep our way of playing because we believe in our way of playing.
We know after 38 games we may not still be second in the table – but maybe third.