South coast latest: Saints star happy; Brighton new boy insists they must improve

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Schneiderlin quotes suggests he's happy to stay with Saints

Morgan Schneiderlin has seemingly performed a U-turn on his reported desire to leave Southampton by saying he is very happy at the club and wants to repay them for the years they have invested in him.

FourFourTwo quoted the Frenchman as saying: "I never wanted to disrespect anyone at the club, sometimes in life, you need to make choices, and everyone was worried when we lost so many players.

"But the club showed, by buying some good players and bringing in a top manager, that they still have ambitions, and that is really what I was asking for.

"I'm very happy here, the club has been very good to me for seven years now and I want to pay them back."

The 24-year-old expressed his desire to join to list of departing Southampton stars over the summer and  Tottenham Hotspurs were reportedly very keen on signing him.

A move never materialised though as the Saints resisted all approaches for their midfield superstar. They will be glad they did so as he has arguably been their best player, scoring three in his first four games so far. 

Danny Holla says Brighton must improve

Brighton's new Dutch midfielder has urged his team-mates to start taking their chances after their 3-2 weekend defeat at Brentford.

Holla told the official Seagulls website: "It was a difficult game, an open one and we had a lot of chances and they had a lot of chances, but I feel we were a little bit unlucky.

"In the first half we didn't play well but in the second half we had some chances and we have to score them.

"We were not good enough on the ball today, maybe too many long balls. If you play it easy on the ground then you create good chances and I think you could see that in both halves.

"We have to keep our heads up and go to the next game. We play again Tuesday and hopefully then we will score these chances."

The new boy did manage his first goal for the club - a sweet 25-year-curler - but it wasn't enough to stop them slumping to their third defeat of the season.

Bournemouth midfielder says club need to cut the mistakes

Harry After says that Bournemouth must cut out the cheap mistakes if they are going to have a real chance at promotion to the Premier League this season.

A last-gasp Jordan Bowerey equaliser for Rotherham saw Bournemouth drop all three points at Dean Court on Saturday, and Arter spoke to the Bournemouth Echo following the game.

He said: “I don’t want to be too negative but we need to cut out individual errors and, rightly so, the manager was not happy about it.

“I can’t think of a goal we have been given this season and every one we have scored has been down to good football and good play, as was the case today.

“But we seem to be giving away goals which we didn’t do at the end of last season when we had a great run and we need to get that out of our game sooner rather than later.

“If you look at the Nottingham Forest and Rotherham games, we dominated both but lost five points. If we had cut out the silly mistakes, we would be sitting near the top of the table.”

Nicky Shorey bemoans Pompey's carelessness

Ruing missed chances and mistakes seems to be common on the south coast at present as Pompey lost 2-0 at Southend over the weekend - which is the club's third defeat on the bounce.

Stand-in skipper for the game Nicky Shorey has criticised the team for their carelessness in possession, and says if they want promotion out of League Two this season the problem needs to be rectified soon.

He told the Portsmouth News: "To be honest, I felt it was a pretty even game until they nicked a goal from a set-piece to be honest.

"I don’t think there was a lot in it really.

"The main disappointing thing for us was our possession. If we want to do well this season we have got to keep possession a hell of a lot better than that.

"When we did keep the ball, got in behind, used it simple and passed it well we got chances – we just didn’t do it enough."

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