English Premiership

Saints must recover quickly

2015-08-17 15:30
Sadio Mane (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Southampton's Sadio Mane says the Saints will learn from their 3-0 defeat by Everton, but need to dust themselves off quickly after being completely outplayed at home in their second game of the season.

Everton were 2-0 up by half time courtesy of the impressive Romelu Lukaku, and midfielder Ross Barkley added a third after the break.

"I can say disappointed," attacking midfielder Mane said when asked about the result.

"It's not easy, it was not a good day for us, but we have to forget this game and concentrate, focus for the next game," the Senegalese international added.

Southampton, who travel to Premier League newcomers Watford on Sunday, are looking to sign a new centre half by the time the transfer window closes on Sept. 1.

A host of injuries left manager Ronald Koeman with Cuco Martina as his only defensive option on the bench against Everton.

With Ryan Bertrand, Steven Caulker and Florin Gardos all injured and five goals conceded in their first two games of the season, the need for defensive reinforcements is already clear.

"Everybody knows we are working at one more defender, and then I think we have a very good squad for this season, and we know that," Koeman said.

"A little bit unlucky in our options what we don't have at the moment.

"One defender on the bench and Matthew Targett played 90 minutes and he was ill, he wasn't 100 per cent and we have to accept that and we can't change that situation," the manager added.

Southampton have been linked with moves for Celtic's Virgil van Dijk and Napoli's French centre half Kalidou Koulibaly.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

22 October 2016
Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur, Vitality Stadium 13:30
Arsenal v Middlesbrough, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 16:00
Swansea City v Watford, Liberty Stadium 16:00
West Ham United v Sunderland, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Hull City v Stoke City, The KC Stadium 16:00
Burnley v Everton, Turf Moor 16:00
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion, Anfield 18:30
23 October 2016
Manchester City v Southampton, Etihad Stadium 14:30
Chelsea v Manchester United, Stamford Bridge 17:00
29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.