After Southampton threw away a lead to eventually lose to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon, manager Ronald Koeman felt his side were very unlucky with the manner of Stoke’s equaliser, and admitted some anxiety about their hopes of European football, reports BBC Sport.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin put the visitors ahead against the Potters, but Stoke scored twice in the second-half to turn the game in their favour by the final whistle. The equalising goal, scored by Mame Diouf, came as a result of a misplaced cross coming back to the striker, who made no mistake from close range.
And minutes before the end of the game, Southampton capitulated to throw away any chance of a result. Charlie Adam continued his impressive run in front of goal for the Potters, which strengthen their bid for a high top-half finish, while a bitterly disappointing evening for the South Coast club.
After the game, Ronald Koeman said he felt Stoke City were very lucky with the goal they scored, and also admitted that their European hopes are hanging on by a threat, as Tottenham could overtake them in the table with a win on Sunday.
“We were unlucky. I am happy how the lads played. We know it is a difficult place to come and if you control that 90 minutes like we did it is very difficult and painful to understand how we lose. It was a bad moment at 1-1, but the team showed a good reaction. The wind was influential in their equaliser so it is unlucky. Sometimes in life you need more luck.”
“We created enough but didn’t score enough. Everyone is talking about Champions League, we didn’t. We talk about playing good football and fighting for a European place. That is the key.”
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