Tuesday 6 December 2016

Saints' Villa win inspires Koeman

Aston Villa 2 Southampton 4

Nick Mashiter

Published 24/04/2016 | 02:30

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk and Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Paul Harding/PA
Southampton's Virgil van Dijk and Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Paul Harding/PA
Southampton's Dusan Tadic and Aston Villa's Kevin Toner in action as fans hold up banners in the background during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Paul Harding/PA
Ashley Westwood scores the first goal for Aston Villa during the Premier League match against Southampton. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters
Southampton's Dusan Tadic celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Paul Harding/PA

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman believes his side's European hopes are still alive after The Saints cruised to a win at relegated Villa, who were booed by their own fans, to keep the pressure on Liverpool.

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Dusan Tadic's double and goals from the impressive Shane Long and Sadio Mane kept their slim Europa League chances open. Ashley Westwood got the consolation double for Villa.

They are eighth in the Premier League table, a point behind Liverpool and two adrift of West Ham, and Koeman wants to keep the pressure on their rivals.

He said: "What you like, at the end of the season, is to play for something, that is always better than when the season is over. We are winning again and putting the pressure on them. That's what we like to do and we have to do it next week.

"Liverpool have a tough schedule with the Europa League, and it's always difficult to keep the momentum up."

Republic of Ireland international Long apologised for not scoring more goals afterwards, and Koeman said: "I like that. He was positive - he is working hard and creating lots of problems."

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