Ronald Koeman praises Southampton spirit after West Ham win

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Ronald Koeman hailed the spirit of his players after their first win in the Premier League under his stewardship came at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Koeman's side ran out comfortable 3-1 winners against West Ham United and the manner of the victory, especially in the second half, was particularly impressive.

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French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who looks set to stay at the club despite a turbulent summer, scored twice and Graziano Pelle netted late on after Mark Noble had given the home side an early lead.

Coming from behind

Coming back from a deficit is not something that Southampton have being renowned for in recent years but they did just that in East London, something Koeman confirmed was down to the spirit of his players.

“We had good character. After the equaliser, we had the belief and the spirit to play for the win. The Dutchman said.

“The big difference between West Ham and our team was that we had the spirit to press, to play and to score goals.

“We made the difference between them and us, because I think we are a much better team than West Ham."

Hopeful of signings

After the match, the Southampton manager also confirmed that there could well be movement in and out of the club before Monday's transfer deadline, amid speculation that the club are chasing Salzburg midfielder Sadio Mane and Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld.

“There’s no clear news, but there are still two days and there will come some movements in terms of players in and players out.

“I think that’s not only the case for Southampton but all teams. Something always happens in the last two days.” Koeman said.

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