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Thursday 19 October 2017

Koeman: We need an edge

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman accepts his side must quickly regain a ruthless edge in attack but insists all is not yet lost in their bid to secure European football.

The Saints went down 1-0 at West Brom on Saturday to suffer a third defeat in the last five Premier League matches.

During that run, Koeman's side have failed to find the net in the previous three, which have seen them draw 0-0 at home to West Ham before beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.

The Dutchman, though, remains confident the players can produce the required response to move them back up closer to the top four.

"The last few games have been a bit a difficult, but we had a difficult period also in the beginning of December and the players' reaction was fantastic after that, and I expect the same reaction in the last 11 games," Koeman said ahead of tonight's Premier Leeague clash at home to Crystal Palace.

"It is no issue to watch back what happened in the last few games, we were struggling to score goals, but still we play out of a good organisation.

"However, in an attacking way, we still have to improve ourselves, that is the question. It is close to being like in the beginning of the season, still we are creating, but maybe we need to be a bit more ruthless and confident in the box.

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