Southampton start pre-season with a win under Ronald Koeman

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Southampton started life under Ronald Koeman with a low-key 4-0 victory over Dutch lower division side EHC Hoensbroek.

Koeman and his troops have been in Belgium at a training camp for the past few days but they travelled across the border for their first game under the new manager's stewardship.

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Jose Fonte was given the nod to start as captain and his name was one that contained a mixture of youth and experience as the game got underway. Fonte was joined by Kelvin Davis, Jack Cork, Calum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne and James Ward-Prowse from last season's squad in the starting line-up.

Early opener

It was youngster Sam McQueen who opened the scoring though in the 11th minute as his deflected effort found the net. McQueen, who made his debut in the FA Cup fifth round against Sunderland last season, was one of six teenagers included from the off by Koeman.

The fifth division side then held their own in front of a packed home crowd, until just before the break when McQueen turned provider and his corner was headed home by Calum Chambers to send the Saints in 2-0 up at half time.

Youth injection

The Dutchman decided to change his entire side for the second half, as Billy Sharp, Steven Davis and Sam Gallagher where joined by new boy Dusan Tadic in a younger looking team for the remaining 45 minutes.

The new signing flashed an effort inches past the post as he got into the swing of things in Southampton colours, but it was almost forgotten man Billy Sharp who was next to get himself on the scoresheet.

Steady from the spot

The striker who spent the last two seasons out on loan despatched a penalty past the opposing goalkeeper as the visitors stretched their lead.

The game was settled just three minutes later as second half skipper Steven Davis netted from 25 yards after Sam Gallagher had hit a post, and although Koeman's side controlled the remaining half an hour but were unable to add to the scoreline further.

Good run out

All in all it will have proved a worthwhile outing for the 51-year-old as he looks to assess his squad before making further additions in the coming weeks ahead of the new season.

The Saints now face Belgian third division outfit KSK Hasselt on Thursday night before heading back to England ahead of fixtures with Swindon Town, AFC Bournemouth and Brighton.

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