Date: 13th April 2015 at 5:22pm
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Manager Ronald Koeman has said he was pleased with the performance of the side in the second half of the game against Hull at the weekend.

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With Koeman’s after match comments including the words ‘unrecognisable’ given the showing Southampton put in during the first 45 minutes, he clearly made no secret of the fact he wasn’t a happy man at half time but he was however delighted to see us find our rhythm in the second period and come out ultimately as comfortable victors.

He does acknowledge we weren’t comfortable until we scored the second goal though.

Speaking to saintsfc he explained.

‘I think the second half was a comfortable win after the 2-0 but the first half was not good. It was one of the worst 45 minutes of the season at home and that was not good. I think we looked very nervous, that was strange. I didn`t recognise my team on the pitch in the first 45 minutes. Second half was much better and finally it was a good win.’

Koeman goes on to say that his half time words were pretty similar to what he was saying in the post game press conference, it was all about how this wasn’t what he expects of the team or the team should expect from themselves and the only way to change that was by the players stepping up and getting back to a level of performance that they are capable of.

‘I said in half-time the same words what I said here, that I didn`t recognise the team. Why were we nervous? We don`t have to be nervous, our opponents have to be nervous because they are fighting relegation. We have a good position in the table and we can enjoy and play our football. It showed the character of the players and the team. We changed a little bit tactically in the midfield.’

As for other issues in the game, Koeman went on to say that he felt Victor Wanyama could consider himself very unlucky to pick up his tenth yellow card and he will now be missing with am automatic suspension, but having made the change in midfield with Wanyama’s substitution at half time, he felt it made us more comfortable with James Ward-Prowse and Dusan Tadic in there.

As for the goals, it was of course Ward-Prowse’s first Premier League goal for the club and Graziano Pelle scored for the first time since the FA Cup game against Crystal Palace.

‘If Prowsey is on the pitch he is one of the best penalty takers. Normally we mention it to the players but Prowsey did not start. That goal gives him good confidence. He`s a good player, a young player and everything what is very positive is good for the player. We hope to see more goals from him now. Graziano can be happy about his performance. He was an important target man and we needed that in the team. He played well but strikers need to score. It`s all about the confidence of the strikers and that goal will give Graziano a lot of confidence. It was a total team performance and we are very happy about that.’

As for the penalty Sadio Mane stepped up first, and Koeman admitted that would be talked about as JWP is the taker and that’s a team instruction and shouldn’t be ignored, although I guess he gave some leeway on that score given his words because of JWP not starting and any confusion that might have caused in the moment.

He wasn’t happy with it though.

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