Ronald Koeman “very disappointed” following defeat to Cherries
It wasn't a good night for Saints boss Koeman
March 2nd, 2016
Bournemouth have more than held their own in this season’s Premier League, however they have been sailing pretty close to the wind at times and prior to last night’s clash with near-neighbours Southampton, they were a mere five points above the relegation zone.
How things can change. Southampton went into last night’s match on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, however this followed an excellent run which included wins over Watford, West Brom, Manchester United and Swansea City as well as a goal-less draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
A win over Bournemouth should have been a mere formality then. Not a bit of it and with the Cherries running in 2-0 winners at the final whistle, Saints boss Ronald Koeman admitted that his men deserved absolutely nothing from the match.
Steve Cook and Benik Afobe scored the goals for Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, ending a winless run stretching back four games and condemning Koeman’s side to their second consecutive defeat.
Common admitted that his side were the second best side on the pitch and that Bournemouth were hungrier for the win.
“I’m very disappointed. They deserved more to win than we did because we had problems from the start. They were more aggressive. If you start like that it is difficult to change,” BBC Sport quoted Koeman as saying.
“We had problems because they did a good thing with left full-back as he played very forward. After that (tactical change) we had a little bit more control but we didn’t create enough.
“We need to be sharper in defending set pieces. They were more hungry than us.”