Saints manager Ronald Koeman pleased with performances of academy graduates in victory over Swindon Town

Saints' Sam McQueen, right, in action against Swindon

Saints' Sam McQueen, right, in action against Swindon

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

Ronald Koeman was pleased with his side’s performance in the friendly victory at Swindon.

Saints made it three wins from three in pre-season with a 1-0 success at the County Ground, as they stepped up preparations for the new campaign.

“I think it was a good performance,” he said. “It was a good match. I think we played well.

“We started well from the beginning. We got some good possibilities.

“Maybe in front of the goal we need to be a little bit better, but in general it was a good match and a good win.”

Koeman was missing Dejan Lovren and Steven Davis through slight injuries, while Dusan Tadic remained in Holland ahead of a work permit hopefully being approved this week.

That meant further opportunities for a number of young players, with five academy graduates starting the match.

“I’m happy about the young players,” said Koeman. “It’s a great opportunity for them. We do still not have everyone on board, and that gives them opportunities.”

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8:21am Tue 22 Jul 14

Mr. T says...

I've said it before but I firmly believe our first team policy should centre around cherry picking the best from the championship and promoting youth. Add to that the odd sprinkle of Euro talent and you will have a hungry team of winners. Paying big money for one season wonders who use us as a stepping stone is a false economy. It destabilisers the team and undermines our philosophy
I've said it before but I firmly believe our first team policy should centre around cherry picking the best from the championship and promoting youth. Add to that the odd sprinkle of Euro talent and you will have a hungry team of winners. Paying big money for one season wonders who use us as a stepping stone is a false economy. It destabilisers the team and undermines our philosophy Mr. T
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