Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was relieved though delighted after his side scored in stoppage time to see off struggling Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, reports the club’s official website.
The visitors created the better chances at Loftus Road, with Eljero Elia curling a shot wide after out-pacing the home defence, while Sadio Mane was denied twice by last-ditch QPR defending.
But Mane was able to earn the three points for his side in the dying seconds when he out-muscled defender Nedum Onuoha before angling a terrific strike past Robert Green for his fourth goal in his last five Premier League appearances. Even then, QPR managed to have the ball in the net in a dramatic finish, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The victory meant the Saints returned to winning ways and moved above Manchester United – who play West Ham United on Sunday – and into third in the Premier League table, maintaining their Champions League aspirations. After the game, Koeman said: “It
“I was very happy with the performance of the team. I think we played a great game today. We were a little bit unlucky in our opportunities, we deserved earlier on the first goal. “A goal like that means the opponent can’t give a reaction. Maybe we were a little bit lucky with the 1-1 but I was looking at the linesman and he said it was a foul or free-kick and the referee took that decision.”
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