Southampton got back on the winning track after beating Bournemouth 2-0 on Sunday at St. Mary’s Stadium.
The Saints came off two straight draws in the league (2-2 against Leicester and 1-1 against Liverpool), but goals by Steven Davies and Graziano Pelle in the first half secured the three points against Bournemouth. Manager Ronald Koeman was pleased with what he saw from his side.
“I’m happy. Happy with the team performance, a great win,” Koeman told saintsfc.co.uk after the win.
“Of course, the second half was not at that high level as the first 45 minutes, but it’s also about the reaction of the opponent.
“They showed a good reaction in the second half, but they didn’t create a lot. It was very comfortable.
“Maybe we lost more balls than in the first half. First half we won every battle and the second half most of the battles for Bournemouth and that was the difference, but finally a good result.”
Bournemouth picked up their play in the second half, but unlike the game against Leicester, Southampton managed to keep the lead.
“Yes, of course,” Koeman said. “The same against Leicester. We did it better today – better defending, and maybe they are not that quality to score more or to create more, but it was about our defending.
“It was better than the second half against Leicester. We learn a little bit, but still we can do it better than the second half.”
Koeman was particularly pleased with the plays that lead up to the goals.
“Yes, I think a little bit unlucky in the first 20 minutes,” he said. “We had some great movements, great attacks, but the final pass was not that good.
“But the first and the second goal, fantastic football and great level of football today in the first 45 minutes and I liked that.”
Southampton sits in 7th place in the Premier League table with 17 points in 11 games.