Koeman focuses on positives after Villa draw

By SFC Media time Sat 05 Dec Club

Ronald Koeman was frustrated not to come away with the win against Aston Villa, but praised his side’s perseverance and character.

Despite dominating for much of the first half, Koeman’s side went in at the break behind after Joleon Lescott and poked the ball home from a corner a minute before the interval.

Koeman’s side continued to press in the second half and eventually found an equaliser from substitute Oriol Romeu, but they were unable to find a second to earn a deserved three points.

But the Saints boss was happy with his side’s resilience and determination to take away something after a difficult week.

“It’s one point and we don’t want one point before the match if you play Aston Villa home in a difficult situation for them,” Koeman told youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“Also for us in the last few weeks we have had some defeats and maybe a little bit lack of confidence. We start the game well and we had in the first 20 minutes some good opportunities to score.

“If you get those chances to break open the game you have to do it. It wasn’t, then the goal was on the other side before half time and that changed the game.

“The message [at half time] was try to play how we did in the first 20 minutes, be patient and not take too many risks.

“After half time 1-0 down, that’s difficult to take but then you need belief in the team and spirit in the team and we showed a good reaction.”

And despite not being able to take away the three points, Koeman says the least his side deserved for their efforts was a share of the spoils.

“It’s very important because if you put everything in, create the best chances, play well and finally you don’t have one point then it’s difficult,” he added.

“We are not happy because in my opinion if I watch back the game we need to win the game, but from 1-0 down and one point, it’s acceptable.”

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