“I tried to explain why I am angry after this defeat!” the social-media-friendly Koeman raged on his @RonaldKoeman handle.
“This is not the discipline what we like in the Club to be successful [sic]!”
I tried to explain why I am angry after this defeat! This is not the discipline what we like in the Club to be successful!
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) January 2, 2016
Koeman’s ire is most likely to be aimed at star men Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane, both of whom were targeted in the coach’s post-match comments for letting the team down.
Senegal forward Mane was axed from the starting XI after he turned up late for the match.
As reported by the Independent, the Dutch coach had the following to say about the forward’s actions following the loss.
“Sadio was meant to be in the side but we have rules at the club and he made a big mistake. Everyone knows there is a sanction [for being late] and you don’t start,” the manager began.
“I don’t understand how a player can be late for a meeting. I said to him two days ago that he was not focused on training and now this. He has let down not so much me as his team-mates, the club.
“You have responsibilities to the club, the fans, the board, the technical staff.”
Without the west African, the Saints were a muted force, and their cause wasn’t helped when Wanyama—the Kenyan midfield general who is often so critical to the club’s hopes—was sent off for a second yellow card.
With Wanyama gone, and Southampton exposed, relegation-battling Norwich took full advantage, with midfielder Alex Tettey—liberated after the dismissal of his opposite number in the 73rd minute—bagging the only goal of the game soon after.
” A player with Victor’s experience knows he cannot make a tackle like that when he already has a yellow card,” the manager continued.
Defeat leaves Southampton in 13th in the table, seven points off the relegation zone and 18th-placed Newcastle United.
Norwich City move one point behind their opponents with a won, and now enjoy a six—point cushion above the bottom three.