Friday 31 October 2014

Bosses targeting further signings

Published 24/08/2014 | 08:21

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is still looking to add to his squad

Both Ronald Koeman and Alan Irvine confirmed they are not finished with their respective transfer activities after seeing Southampton and West Brom play out a goalless draw at St Mary's.

A share of the spoils means both managers are awaiting their first wins since taking charge during a summer period that saw overhauls of both squads.

Graziano Pelle was brought in by Koeman to provide goals but he struggled to make an impact, while Irvine's club-record acquisition Brown Ideye came off the bench and almost marked his debut with a winning goal for the Baggies.

But all in all it was a game that worthy of its scoreline and Saints boss Koeman was under no illusions that there is yet more work to be done on his squad before the close of the window.

"We know inside what we need in the time we have," he said.

"We will work to bring in one or two players. We need that - it will be a long season in England and on Tuesday we play in the League Cup and with that you need enough players of quality to give the competition in the squad."

Irvine, too, knows what kind of targets he will be chasing in the coming days.

"We're looking to bring in another couple of players before the window shuts," he said. "They're at the top end of the pitch, creative players."

The start of the Koeman era on the south coast will prove instantly forgettable when compared to the impressive performance his new-look side put in at Anfield last weekend.

Saints may have lost 2-1 to Liverpool but Koeman felt his side were more at the races than they were in front of their own fans and praised Fraser Forster for making a late save to deny Ideye a dream debut.

"The result was better than last week but the feeling is different. It's strange in football," he added.

"We deserved last week much more than we got, but today it was difficult. We didn't have the tempo to create more. We played against a West Brom side with good organisation, very compact, physical strong in defence.

"You need high quality in the cross and passing and we didn't have that today.

"We like to have more tempo. Sometimes it's too slow and gives the opponents chance to have good organisation. It was maybe a typical goalless match - thanks to Fraser Forster, he's a good goalkeeper for the future."

Irvine saw his side ship two scrappy goals in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland last weekend but the former Everton coach felt his side were much better in defence at St Mary's.

"I was very pleased with the defensive display," he said.

"I thought we were very solid. I Saw Southampton last week and they looked a real threat. We had to make sure they didn't cut us open. I was pleased how we passed the ball at times. I was happy with the performance overall.

"I'm not an unhappy with a point, that's for sure. There were times when we passed the ball well. When we did that we were able to move the ball well and got into good positions.

"This is a team that's only been together the last two weeks or so, prior to that we had 10 or 11 players working on a daily basis with young players. Meaningful work only done in the last few weeks."

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