Date: 4th January 2016 at 8:18am
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Manager Ronald Koeman was left fuming about the two individual errors that cost Southampton another result at Norwich City at the weekend.

Making the trip to Carrow Road looking to bounce back from disappointment once more in the West Ham loss, Southampton started 2016 with a one nil loss, and Koeman was left telling saintsfc that once again we had cost ourselves the points.

With some injuries hitting and another late show from Sadio Mane seeing him on the bench – not least Victor Wanyama’s sending off, the gaffer explained.

‘I am angry. I`m angry about the final result, not about the whole team performance. I think we controlled the game. But we punished ourselves because we made individual mistakes. First the situation about Sadio – he came late in the last meeting, two hours before the game. That`s unacceptable because we had to change our line-up two hours before the game and that`s not the preparation what we like to have. That`s the first mistake of Sadio. The second is the situation about the red card in the game. I think we controlled the game and they scored minutes after the sending off of Victor. He has to know, he has enough experience, that you can`t make that tackle and taking a risk when you have a yellow. That had in my opinion a big influence, both individual mistakes of the players. It`s hard to take.’

The gaffer went on to admit that Southampton are in a tough place at this moment in time with results regularly going against us now.

‘There was some reaction but after the last results, the mental situation of the players is difficult. When it`s going well we can show that belief and confidence, but when we get things against us it`s difficult to continue what we like to do.’

With a busy week beginning with Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, and then followed by Watford and West Bromwich Albion, Koeman was focused on the week being an opportunity for the side to really regain their confidence now with the second half of the season in front of us.

‘We know that we are in a difficult situation about points and about position on the table. We have to change that. We will prepare for next week – first Crystal Palace and then we have two in a row at home. Of course, we need points. It`s not the position on the table where we like to be. We like to win – that`s the best medicine to get the confidence back and to get the mentality back.’

Adding.

‘We have to change some disciplinary things in the group, because we need more focus. If you`re not focused, I can`t manage a player. It`s the most difficult situation until now, of course. Now we have to keep togetherness. That is what I expect and that is not what we showed against Norwich, because that is against that message.’

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