Date: 14th January 2016 at 3:44pm
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Manager Ronald Koeman has said he was thrilled with the attitude of the players in the game against Watford as they more than showed they understood the importance of the game given our more recent form.

Having described the match in his build up as ‘big’ for Southampton, Koeman couldn’t have been more delighted to see Shane Long give us the lead in the opening 20 minutes, and then to have doubled the advantage through Dusan Tadic inside of the final 20 minutes to make the game comfortable to see out.

Speaking to saintsfc in his post game press interviews, the gaffer explained.

‘They showed really the importance of the game of tonight. I think from the start in the game we saw an aggressive team playing good football, creating some big chances.’

There was one complaint from the gaffer though, he felt we should’ve won by a greater margin.

‘We should have scored more goals before half time than only the first one of Shane Long. But the message to the players in half-time was keep going, try to score the second one and try to press how we press in the first half and I think it was a very good team performance today. We should have scored more goals out of the chances and opportunities that we created today. But 2-0 is a good score and a good win.’

Despite his delight at the performance, the three points and a return to winning ways, Koeman knows it’ll count for very little unless we now get ourselves on an unbeaten run if not a winning run once more.

With West Bromwich Albion up at the weekend, he knows we have to carry this through now.

‘It’s a good win, in an important moment in the season. We spoke about the situation and about the points and of course our ambition is to be higher on the table in the league and for that this win today but also next Saturday will be very important. We know what kind of level we can play and reach if everybody is really focused, and everybody was really focused against Watford and we need to continue that for this Saturday.’

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