Ronald Koeman believes Saints' game with West Brom could be tougher than the one against Liverpool, because of the expectation on them

Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman

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

Ronald Koeman says that Saturday’s clash with West Brom may provide an even more difficult challenge than the trip to Liverpool, because of the expectation on Saints.

After Sunday’s valiant display in a 2-1 defeat at Anfield, Koeman’s side return to action this weekend for their opening home match of the Premier League season.

Saints will start the game as favourites, against a West Brom team that many have tipped to struggle this term.

Koeman, who explained that confidence is high after the performance at Liverpool, wants his side to dominate the Baggies even more than they did the Reds.

However, he is expecting Alan Irvine's men to pose a tough test.

“It was frustrating, but that was Sunday and Monday,” he said, reflecting on the Liverpool game.

“Two days is normal, because I think we played on a good level. We played an amazing second half, but the result was not what we deserved.

“But I think that was good for the confidence, because maybe everybody was a little bit afraid how Southampton would start the season, even against a team as big as Liverpool is, but we showed our qualities and we showed we are a team who can be very competitive to everybody.

“Ok, we know for this Saturday it will be a different one – maybe more difficult, because everyone expects the same level and we play at home and we have to dominate it more than we did against Liverpool, but I think the belief is in the team, the belief is in the players and we look forward for Saturday.”

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4:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

peregrine73 says...

We are good enough to win this,but WIP might mean a draw is more realistic!.
We are good enough to win this,but WIP might mean a draw is more realistic!. peregrine73
  • Score: 3

4:33pm Thu 21 Aug 14

saintbobby says...

I know what he means, but I am sure that a quick start and a goal early on will be the catalyst to a good performance.

Ronald has not allowed for what I am sure will be tremendous support from the fans. Also, the team will be pleased with themselves, and rightly so, after that 2nd half showing - and we will be back in our stripes!

Who will play? Will Gaston get a chance? Everyone will be looking forward to seeing Dusan in action - I certainly am.

COYR&WS
I know what he means, but I am sure that a quick start and a goal early on will be the catalyst to a good performance. Ronald has not allowed for what I am sure will be tremendous support from the fans. Also, the team will be pleased with themselves, and rightly so, after that 2nd half showing - and we will be back in our stripes! Who will play? Will Gaston get a chance? Everyone will be looking forward to seeing Dusan in action - I certainly am. COYR&WS saintbobby
  • Score: 19

4:54pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Chapperall says...

WBA look pretty ordinary and have not been very busy in the transfer market. Just hope they don't do a West Ham and circle the wagons in their half as it ruins the game. We also struggled to break teams down like that last season. I'm going for a 2-1 win for the Saints!
WBA look pretty ordinary and have not been very busy in the transfer market. Just hope they don't do a West Ham and circle the wagons in their half as it ruins the game. We also struggled to break teams down like that last season. I'm going for a 2-1 win for the Saints! Chapperall
  • Score: 13

4:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 28

5:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

davevick says...

Only the first game but I can't see Liverpool finishing in the top 4 on this showing. Saints looked really good and at least a mid table prospect.
Looking forward to the season now. What a difference a game makes!
Only the first game but I can't see Liverpool finishing in the top 4 on this showing. Saints looked really good and at least a mid table prospect. Looking forward to the season now. What a difference a game makes! davevick
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Southampton boy says...

Not looking for reasons for a lose. On Saturday is he we should be seeing 3 points here surely
Not looking for reasons for a lose. On Saturday is he we should be seeing 3 points here surely Southampton boy
  • Score: 7

6:51pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Littleton-Saint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
Of major concern, i.m.o., was Pelle.
He looked totally ineffective at Anfield.
We need a striker and a winger. The CB situation is ok with Gardos and Fonte with Yoshida and Stephens covering.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.[/p][/quote]Of major concern, i.m.o., was Pelle. He looked totally ineffective at Anfield. We need a striker and a winger. The CB situation is ok with Gardos and Fonte with Yoshida and Stephens covering. Littleton-Saint
  • Score: -7

7:16pm Thu 21 Aug 14

warrens 76 says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
Too true moreover and I will not be popular for this is the fact last year we conceded none, this year we conceded two against an inferior LFC team…

I hate all this taking positves from the game carp, sounds like 8loody England apologists…

We win three points or we do not, SFC have a long history of not applying the killer instinct…82 and 84 in particular….being a good playing side is not enough,

..we must win no matter what that is what separates the same old Clubs even before big money ruined the game, it is a mindset as much as anything, we have to adopt a Mourinho attitude …cannot imagine himtaking positives from a loss nor Fergie, Nor Shankly, Paisley, Graham as for CLOUGH!

Cpme on Saints grow some...
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.[/p][/quote]Too true moreover and I will not be popular for this is the fact last year we conceded none, this year we conceded two against an inferior LFC team… I hate all this taking positves from the game carp, sounds like 8loody England apologists… We win three points or we do not, SFC have a long history of not applying the killer instinct…82 and 84 in particular….being a good playing side is not enough, ..we must win no matter what that is what separates the same old Clubs even before big money ruined the game, it is a mindset as much as anything, we have to adopt a Mourinho attitude …cannot imagine himtaking positives from a loss nor Fergie, Nor Shankly, Paisley, Graham as for CLOUGH! Cpme on Saints grow some... warrens 76
  • Score: 6

7:18pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Poole Tom says...

Southampton boy wrote:
Not looking for reasons for a lose. On Saturday is he we should be seeing 3 points here surely
I`m sure he hopes to win as do we. However in this league anything can happen. Irrespective of Saturday`s result we will no doubt be optimistic about our trip to West Ham the week after, but I bet West Ham fans will expect to beat us in exactly the same way that we expect to win this weekend.
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: Not looking for reasons for a lose. On Saturday is he we should be seeing 3 points here surely[/p][/quote]I`m sure he hopes to win as do we. However in this league anything can happen. Irrespective of Saturday`s result we will no doubt be optimistic about our trip to West Ham the week after, but I bet West Ham fans will expect to beat us in exactly the same way that we expect to win this weekend. Poole Tom
  • Score: 3

7:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jls217 says...

No such thing as an easy game in the PL
No such thing as an easy game in the PL jls217
  • Score: 5

7:23pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
Early goal, Seed, it's all about getting THAT early goal .....




...... and it's literally written that Shane Long will get it.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.[/p][/quote]Early goal, Seed, it's all about getting THAT early goal ..... ...... and it's literally written that Shane Long will get it. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 5

7:27pm Thu 21 Aug 14

deepheat says...

Southampton 4 -- West Brom 0
Davis
Tadic
Pelle
Long
Southampton 4 -- West Brom 0 Davis Tadic Pelle Long deepheat
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Graham, North of Watford says...

PLEASE boys lets not get too relaxed.

The more he says the more I like Tin-Tin.

My suspicion, and not in a negative way at all, is that this season might be quite a bit tougher than last.

Oh how I hated it last season with those games lost in the last few minutes or by the single goal or when the magic didn't quite work.

I struggled a bit on Sunday watching the game.

It was both sad and painful trying to picture all the new names and just waiting for a touch of the familiar which, of course, can never happen again.

Perhaps it will all be better in a few weeks with some good wins in the locker and the slow and steady emergence of "The New Saints" becoming a reality.

Quietly confident but needing a bit of a lift.

What about others??
PLEASE boys lets not get too relaxed. The more he says the more I like Tin-Tin. My suspicion, and not in a negative way at all, is that this season might be quite a bit tougher than last. Oh how I hated it last season with those games lost in the last few minutes or by the single goal or when the magic didn't quite work. I struggled a bit on Sunday watching the game. It was both sad and painful trying to picture all the new names and just waiting for a touch of the familiar which, of course, can never happen again. Perhaps it will all be better in a few weeks with some good wins in the locker and the slow and steady emergence of "The New Saints" becoming a reality. Quietly confident but needing a bit of a lift. What about others?? Graham, North of Watford
  • Score: 29

8:13pm Thu 21 Aug 14

warrens 76 says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
Too true moreover and I will not be popular for this is the fact last year we conceded none, this year we conceded two against an inferior LFC team…

I hate all this taking positves from the game carp, sounds like 8loody England apologists…

We win three points or we do not, SFC have a long history of not applying the killer instinct…82 and 84 in particular….being a good playing side is not enough,

..we must win no matter what that is what separates the same old Clubs even before big money ruined the game, it is a mindset as much as anything, we have to adopt a Mourinho attitude …cannot imagine himtaking positives from a loss nor Fergie, Nor Shankly, Paisley, Graham as for CLOUGH!

Cpme on Saints grow some...
Knew people would not like it, we take positives from losing, sorry there aren't any and that is what has plagued us on so many nearly occasions …

FA cup semi finals, league runners up, laegue cup finalists, FA cup against 4rse, div one runners up, Champioship runners up…..

..go back to the 50's and we should have been promoted to Div 1 halfway through the 8bloody season and we blew it.

I am no fan of the plastic club syndrome HOWEVER results are expected indeed the entire rationale of those clubs is to win things it is expected…

Sorry (not) to annoy but I hate the 'it's the taking part' nonsense, we must win...
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.[/p][/quote]Too true moreover and I will not be popular for this is the fact last year we conceded none, this year we conceded two against an inferior LFC team… I hate all this taking positves from the game carp, sounds like 8loody England apologists… We win three points or we do not, SFC have a long history of not applying the killer instinct…82 and 84 in particular….being a good playing side is not enough, ..we must win no matter what that is what separates the same old Clubs even before big money ruined the game, it is a mindset as much as anything, we have to adopt a Mourinho attitude …cannot imagine himtaking positives from a loss nor Fergie, Nor Shankly, Paisley, Graham as for CLOUGH! Cpme on Saints grow some...[/p][/quote]Knew people would not like it, we take positives from losing, sorry there aren't any and that is what has plagued us on so many nearly occasions … FA cup semi finals, league runners up, laegue cup finalists, FA cup against 4rse, div one runners up, Champioship runners up….. ..go back to the 50's and we should have been promoted to Div 1 halfway through the 8bloody season and we blew it. I am no fan of the plastic club syndrome HOWEVER results are expected indeed the entire rationale of those clubs is to win things it is expected… Sorry (not) to annoy but I hate the 'it's the taking part' nonsense, we must win... warrens 76
  • Score: 15

8:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

saint dave says...

I have got tingle inside for the first game at home for the past fifty five years, this year I am looking forward to it more than ever, I know we are going to prove all those who said we have had the heart ripped out of us this summer wrong, as we have many times before, and when I walk into St Marys on Saturday, the hairs on the back of my neck will stand on end, and I will get that tingle again.
I have got tingle inside for the first game at home for the past fifty five years, this year I am looking forward to it more than ever, I know we are going to prove all those who said we have had the heart ripped out of us this summer wrong, as we have many times before, and when I walk into St Marys on Saturday, the hairs on the back of my neck will stand on end, and I will get that tingle again. saint dave
  • Score: 11

8:38pm Thu 21 Aug 14

saintbobby says...

warrens 76, I take your point and that a win is what is needed and the taking part bit does not produce a good argument or any points, but fair do, I do think there were quite a lot of positives to be taken from Anfield.

Yes, we lost but we so nearly bloody won it, that I, for one, took quite a few positives from that. Bearing in mind the dreadful summer we suffered, to see a "new" team take them on and win a hell of a lot, was really encouraging and yes, as I say, did provide positives. Especially our goal - what a score that was.

I bet there will be a lot of positives in the crowd at kick-off. I am sure it will be justified - fingers crossed and all that!

Now we must build on that Anfield showing. The manager and the skipper seem pretty happy and that has to be a good sign.
warrens 76, I take your point and that a win is what is needed and the taking part bit does not produce a good argument or any points, but fair do, I do think there were quite a lot of positives to be taken from Anfield. Yes, we lost but we so nearly bloody won it, that I, for one, took quite a few positives from that. Bearing in mind the dreadful summer we suffered, to see a "new" team take them on and win a hell of a lot, was really encouraging and yes, as I say, did provide positives. Especially our goal - what a score that was. I bet there will be a lot of positives in the crowd at kick-off. I am sure it will be justified - fingers crossed and all that! Now we must build on that Anfield showing. The manager and the skipper seem pretty happy and that has to be a good sign. saintbobby
  • Score: 4

9:20pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Saintsayer II says...

I want the manager to be positive That way it transfers to the team Saying things like this makes it sound like an excuse not to win We MUST get 3 points against WBA
I want the manager to be positive That way it transfers to the team Saying things like this makes it sound like an excuse not to win We MUST get 3 points against WBA Saintsayer II
  • Score: 2

9:38pm Thu 21 Aug 14

north wales saint 2 says...

We were as good if not better than Liverpool and to do that at Anfield with a new team yet to gel I think speaks volumes for our new manager.I think good times are in front of us and am eagerly looking forward to Saturday.
We were as good if not better than Liverpool and to do that at Anfield with a new team yet to gel I think speaks volumes for our new manager.I think good times are in front of us and am eagerly looking forward to Saturday. north wales saint 2
  • Score: 4

10:56pm Thu 21 Aug 14

DisplacedFan says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
Excellent point. Not sure we have the necessary striker to take those half chances a la Suarez. We have the money.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.[/p][/quote]Excellent point. Not sure we have the necessary striker to take those half chances a la Suarez. We have the money. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 3

11:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Tirau Dan says...

The Prem consists of a few battered hard working championship teams, a few super expensive imported outfits with a lot of flash individuals who can turn on a show when they try and a bunch of bloody good well drilled seasoned perennials who can take anyone out on their day.. I think a couple of the latter breed will have a ding dong battle at the weekend and Saints will come through it. Have no doubt about it Ronald Koeman is sharpening Saints for a high finish.
The Prem consists of a few battered hard working championship teams, a few super expensive imported outfits with a lot of flash individuals who can turn on a show when they try and a bunch of bloody good well drilled seasoned perennials who can take anyone out on their day.. I think a couple of the latter breed will have a ding dong battle at the weekend and Saints will come through it. Have no doubt about it Ronald Koeman is sharpening Saints for a high finish. Tirau Dan
  • Score: 5

12:14am Fri 22 Aug 14

Rising_Son says...

Littleton-Saint wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.
Of major concern, i.m.o., was Pelle.
He looked totally ineffective at Anfield.
We need a striker and a winger. The CB situation is ok with Gardos and Fonte with Yoshida and Stephens covering.
Pelle started slowly against Liverpool but he got better as the match went on. I agree he wasn't very effective but he wasn't ineffective either.
[quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: The main thing concerning me at the moment is will we convert possession into goals? Last season we didn't convert anywhere near enough and since then two of our top three goal scorers have left and the other one is crocked. I haven't seen enough of our new lads to know whether they have finishing boots or not. Their performance at Anfield was immense but we didn't take our chances and at this level, if you want to challenge for Europe, you can't leave too many points behind when you're overall play deserved better.[/p][/quote]Of major concern, i.m.o., was Pelle. He looked totally ineffective at Anfield. We need a striker and a winger. The CB situation is ok with Gardos and Fonte with Yoshida and Stephens covering.[/p][/quote]Pelle started slowly against Liverpool but he got better as the match went on. I agree he wasn't very effective but he wasn't ineffective either. Rising_Son
  • Score: 4

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