Southampton’s manager Ronald Koeman was not a happy man after his side lost 2-1 at Sunderland on Saturday.
Saints’ inconsistent form to end the season continues as they have now conceded two goals in a game for the third match running.
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Koeman wasn’t sure about the two penalty kicks Southampton conceded on Saturday, the second saw James Ward-Prowse given a straight red card, but was disappointed with the performance his players put in.
“I don’t know if the penalties are good decisions by the referee. I will have to watch the clips. The thing that has frustrated me the most is the performance of my own team because we did not play at our level,” Koeman said. “I don’t know why. We don’t usually lose those kind of balls. The 10 minutes after half-time were our worst of the season so far. We only showed our level with one less player on the pitch. We played much better football and were the better team when it was 10 men against 11. That is so strange it is unbelievable.”
Koeman still believes Saints can finish in the top six and qualify but they are now four points behind fifth-place Liverpool and a point behind Tottenham who play Manchester City on Sunday. If they finish seventh, which is no guarantee as they are just four points ahead of eighth-placed Swansea with three games to go, then the south coast club will have to rely on Arsenal winning the FA Cup and an extra Europa League spot heading to seventh place.
Leaving all of that to one said, Koeman believes his side can qualify for Europe.
“Yes, I still believe,” Koeman said. “We did not do enough today but we will keep going and, with three games left to play, anything is possible.”