We need to move on from Liverpool, says Koeman

By SFC Media time Fri 04 Dec Men's First team

Ronald Koeman says he expects a rapid reaction from his players as attention switches from Wednesday’s Capital One Cup exit onto tomorrow’s clash with Aston Villa.

Koeman’s squad was straight back into training on Thursday morning following their 6-1 demolition the previous evening.

Saints are back in league action tomorrow, as bottom side Villa come to St Mary’s – and Koeman says it’s vital that there’s no hangover from midweek.

“We'd like to win the game, so we need a good team reaction – and I expect that,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“It has been difficult – not today, but yesterday. You analyse the Liverpool game, you watch the clips and you see how they scored six goals from eight shots on target.

“Everybody is sad and has a bad feeling about the high score – it was 6-1, and we've never received that kind of goals. That makes it even more painful, but we have to recognise that Liverpool was the best side on the pitch.

“We're very disappointed but there's no time to cry any more because we play tomorrow.

“We've had our last training session before the game, so you need to leave everything what happened [on Wednesday] behind to prepare in the best way for Aston Villa.”

Saints are in need of a victory after a run of three consecutive defeats and, while keen for a good performance, Koeman admits that any win will do.

“First, it's always to have a good performance because, when you have one of those, it's a high possibility that we win the game,” he said.

“But, with the situation now after three defeats, for the confidence and the support of the team and the players, the best medicine is to win tomorrow.

“We know the situation: if we get a win tomorrow, I think we will be fifth or sixth in the league, and then it looks a lot different than it did on Thursday morning.”

In terms of team news, Koeman confirmed that José Fonte – who missed the Liverpool game – resumed training this morning.

“José did the training today and, if there is not a reaction tomorrow morning, he will be part of the team,” affirmed the manager.

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