TALKING POINTS: Koeman's post-Sunderland press conference

By SFC Media time Sun 03 May Club

Ronald Koeman spoke to the media following Southampton's 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Here's what the boss had to say:

On his disappointment at the defeat…

I think we didn’t reach our level and we are frustrated about that. It’s strange that with one player less on the pitch we showed our football and our qualities and before not.

I think we had too many mistakes in our ball possession. The first ten minutes after half-time was very poor and out of one of those situations came the penalty and the red card. Then you know it’s difficult.

That’s so strange and sometimes understandable that the reaction then is with the one player less that we were the better team and dominating. That’s difficult to understand.

On the penalties…

I don’t know, I didn’t see. I have to see it back. Maybe the first one is an easy given one. The second I don’t know, but it’s so easy to talk about the referee, about the decisions.

We did those kind of mistakes to give them those chances or possibilities to have that kind of situation in our box.

On why his side looked flat…

In my opinion it’s not about spirit or ambition. My critics to the players is not about what they do and what they try to do, my critics today is about our level in our ball possession.

Normally it’s much better than it was and that was the reason and not the referee. Sunderland put everything in because that’s normal in the situation they are in, but I expect much more of the team than we saw.

On the European situation…

We know Liverpool don’t win all the games and you know it’s three games to play until the end of the season.

On Dick Advocaat…

It’s a very difficult in a short period but of course I know the coach, I know Advocaat and it’s an experienced man, a good coach and a coach who expects more than 100 per cent spirit.

I think in the Premier League that’s not a question about spirit of the players normally. Maybe Advocaat gives them a little bit more, but it’s still a difficult situation for them.

In the last few weeks they got more points. I hope Sunderland reach safety because it’s nice for the coach and the club but I look to our own position at Southampton.

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