Ronald Koeman unhappy with both Tottenham goals after 2-2 draw against Southampton

Ronald Koeman

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman believes both Tottenham goals could have been prevented.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told Sky Sports that he was unhappy with both of Tottenham's goals in Saturday's 2-2 draw.

The Dutchman watched on as Graziano Pelle put Southampton in front after errors from Ryan Mason and Ben Davies, but Erik Lamela equalised for Spurs before half time.

Pelle then put the Saints back in front, but again Tottenham came back to snatch a point with a goal from Nacer Chadli, his tenth league goal of the season.

Having led the game twice, Southampton fans may feel like it was a case of two points dropped, and manager Koeman wasn't too happy with the outcome.

Lamela's equaliser actually turned out to be handball, whilst his defence was all at sea for Chadli's goal - and he told Sky Sports that he was frustrated with both, noting the timing of Lamela's goal was 'painful', especially considering that on further viewing, the ball did go in off the Argentine's hand.

"It's always painful if you [concede] just before half-time. It was handball but it was so difficult for the referee to get that. But our reaction and how we played the second half was very good," said Koeman.

"Normally our defence organisation is better than we had at that moment [of the second Tottenham goal]. We gave too much space to Chadli and they punished ourselves," he added.

Having conceded the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League this season, Koeman has come to expect better of his defence - whilst Lamela's handball was certainly difficult to spot at live speed, but Koeman will have certainly wanted to beat his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino; hence the frustration.

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