PREMIER LEAGUE: Southampton’s Ronald Koeman – ‘I’m not worried’ about lack of goals

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SOUTHAMPTON manager Ronald Koeman is confident his team can end their current goal scoring struggles. 

Currently fifth in the Premier League, Koeman’s men have scored just once in their last four games and have just one win to show over the same span as they chase a coveted Champions League spot.

Last Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool was compounded by the return of three former Saints who all walked away as victors over their former employer.

Still, the Dutchman believes his players possess the qualities required to score goals in the same manner that has kept Southampton near the top of the table all season.

Speaking with Official Saints, he said:

“We need more sharpness in the box.

“It’s not one striker or one player, we have to attack with the whole team and we have to defend with the whole team.

“The next two games are very important for our chances for the rest of the season.”

That stretch begins on Saturday against a West Brom side that’s kept three clean sheets over their last four outings in all competitions.

And unlike Saints, the Baggies haven’t struggled in front of goal, scoring eight goals in the same four game span, led by Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino three and two February goals, respectively.

Meanwhile, Berahino’s 10 league goals, eight of which have been scored at home, has him level with Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie.

The Southampton boss didn’t shy away from the tough test his team faces at the Hawthorns:

“It’s not easy to beat them because they have a lot of clean sheets and it’s a good organisation in defence.

“They’re very strong at set-pieces. That’s a big quality of theirs.”

With the top of the table bunching up – five points separating seventh from third – it is vital Southampton find a way to break out of their goal slump, including players like Graziano Pelle who has just one goal since the start of 2015.


MUSIC: Likewise waiting for the incredible marked down prices of gourmet chocolates the day after Valentine’s?

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Whilst Jimbo A1 gives his missus the same Asda bear as Jimbo A2 gives his and Jimbo A3 picks the most cliche day to propose, it’s time for everyone else to spice up a card store’s favourite day with some riffing tunes.

Saw someone on Facebook book their girlfriend of less than a month a trip to Rome. Wild days ahead.

There are hundreds of thousands of possible selections so here are just five avoiding cliche songs with an extensive honourable mention at the end:

5. “For You” – Killswitch Engage 

As Daylight Days was riddled with lyrics about romance/friendship but “For You” has the most heartfelt bridge of any KSE song to date and that’s saying a lot considering they already have songs like “Rose of Sharyn”, “My Last Serenade” and “The End of Heartache” in their catalogue.

Not to mention that bridge guitar riff is genius.

4. “New England Conference” – The Midnight Renewal

If Shakespeare got up out of his grave for a shout out in a song it would be this one because it is such a tragic song lyrically, even the great Edgar Allan Poe would tip his hat in approval.

3. “My X” – Rae Sremmurd

Whether or not Valentine’s Day is being spent with a new someone or no one, Rae Sremmurd covers all monetary based gains one may have fallen into in this aggressive jam because you should’ve used your head… you could’ve had a cheque.

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2. “Another Heart Calls” – The-All American Rejects

The entire AAR discography could have been listed but everything about this song is perfect, from Tyson Ritter to Nick Wheeler and Allison Pearce’s guest spot.

1. “Romance Is Dead” – Parkway Drive

2005 was a great year because Parkway Drive gave the downtrodden and hurt singles of the 21st century an anthem [of sorts], which perfectly captured their feelings – whatever those might have been for an angsty teenager.

Romance Is Dead also delivered one of the most memorable one-liners in a song that mums probably even know.

Honourable mention: Time To Break Up – Blink 182; Nightmare of You (album) – Nightmare of You; A Love Like War – All Time Low; Atreyu’s discography; Natalie Imbruglia – Torn; Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne; Here Goes Nothin’ – Never Shout Never; Check Yes Juliet – We The Kings; Across the Ocean (Acoustic) – Our Last Night; Deathmask Divine – The Black Dahlia Murder; Lie to My Face – Carnifex; Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s.