Koeman admits his side didn't match Bournemouth on Tuesday night

2-02-16 Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that his side were way below par last-night.

Koeman admits his side didn't match Bournemouth on Tuesday night

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has been speaking after his side suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to near-by AFC Bournemouth. This comes off the back of the disappointment of last Saturday, where the Saints saw their six game unbeaten run ended by in-form Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium.

The Saints next face Sunderland at St Mary's on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways and firmly put this result in the back of the minds heading into the final furlong of the season.

Koeman not pleased

With the chances which the Saints had made for themselves of late, Koeman admitted that he wasn't very pleased how his players performed last night and that the hosts were the much better side.

Talking to Southampton's official website after the game against Bournemouth yesterday, the 52 year-old said that he wasn't pleased with the way his side started the game. "I'm disappointed," he said, especially as the players all know their particular roles in the team.

Koeman continued, saying "they had a lot of corners" resulting in more pressure being applied onto the Saints defence and keeper Fraser Forster.

The side went on a six game unbeaten run through part of January and February, but it is once more looking bleak for Koeman's side as in the past two matches the levels of their performances have dropped dramatically, which will be a cause of concern for the Dutchman.

Early change needed

Koeman also explained why he withdrew Maya Yoshida in the first half for Steven Davis, as he switched from three at the back to four.

"Normally it's a perfect system to play against a 4-4-2 system, how Bournemouth played tonight," he explained, adding that their full-backs were "offensive" and "very difficult" to stop in the match.

Koeman has largely been a manger a who likes to change his players and formations on a regular basis and so you will once more think that there will be more changes for this weekend's game as you would expect the likes of Jordy Clasie and Graziano Pelle to return to the starting eleven for the visit of the North-East club.