Ronald Koeman demands high tempo football at Southampton

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has called on his side to play their game at a higher tempo following the lacklustre goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Dutch legend was understandably unhappy that following the positive performance at Anfield the previous week, his side just could not raise their game enough to break the deadlock.

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With a trip to Millwall in the Capital One Cup tonight (Tuesday), Koeman may use the fixture to give his side the chance to earn their first win of the season and gain some much-needed momentum.

Not enough opportunities

Speaking to the club's official website following the final whistle of Saturday's draw, Koeman was disappointed that after a good week's training, his side did not quite reach the levels he was asking of them.

“Normally, if you play at home, you have to create a little bit more than we did today," he said.

"I think we didn’t play with a high tempo. I had a good feeling before the match from how we did in the training sessions last week, but we were not in the shape to create more

Cup opportunity

Speaking ahead of Tuesday's tie at The Den, Koeman confirmed he would be taking the competition seriously, and he would not be making many changes to his team selection, so that the squad can continue their progression.

“We’ve prepared ourselves seriously and in a good way. We’d like to win every match and, for that reason, we will take this very seriously. We’ve stated the season okay, and now we need to win.

“We have some players who are not 100%, and tomorrow is not a match to take a big risk with some players who might not be in a good physical state to play, but I won’t change a lot," the Dutchman concluded.

Fan expectation 

Southampton's fans are likely to be pleased with this mentality in comparison to last season, especially following the exit from the FA Cup in the last 16 when a quarter-final place was a realistic possibility.

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