Date: 11th January 2016 at 10:08am
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Manager Ronald Koeman has admitted that following the loss to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round, it’s very much a case of the same old story when it comes to Southampton’s performances at the minute.

Speaking to saintsfc following the two nil loss, a frustrated Koeman explained.

‘It`s a hard time because maybe it`s the same story every week. I can`t say anything about the teamwork. We tried everything to make the 2-2. Maybe we are a little bit unlucky at the moment, but that`s football. We had a lot of things against us and of course if you start well the game, even with a different system, you normally get the first goal. We had good moments and controlled the game. One big mistake in our ball possession and we`re 1-0 down. That makes it difficult. But we had a good reaction in the first part of the second half.’

With Oriol Romeu getting the equaliser at the point before we then fell behind again, Koeman said the one criticism of the side was that when we drew level we didn’t kick on in the manner we should’ve done.

‘What I have to criticise the players for is that we dropped back off, we didn`t continue how we started and that gave them the confidence to come back. They had one more shot on target and it`s 2-1. We did everything after that – we created chances, some good goalkeeper work and two or three shots. Then you know it`s the moment with a lot of things against us. We have to continue and show the spirit after the 2-1. That`s the way to come back and to be luckier than in the last few weeks.’

With a midweek game now against Watford before facing West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, Koeman went on to say that we had to dust ourselves down now as we couldn’t let the cup disappointment dwell given our league form of late.

‘It`s a big disappointment because it`s a big competition. We took it very seriously – we did everything but the final result was negative. There`s no time to sit back. We have to be together and win the game on Wednesday.’

As for current form, he added.

‘We have to analyse the situation at the moment, give confidence to the players, show clips and keep working hard. I know in football sometimes you have periods that makes it look like everything is against you. You have to accept that on the one side and on the other not accept it so we can change it and turn it around. If we show what we showed in the last 20 minutes, that`s the way to get the win on Wednesday.’

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