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Koeman praises Saints full-backs

Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne can add a vital extra goal threat to Southampton's expansive attacking style, according to Ronald Koeman.

Bertrand fired his first Southampton goal in Saturday's 2-1 home victory over QPR, after Clyne struck the winner in Tuesday's 2-1 Capital One Cup triumph at Arsenal.

England full-back Bertrand has a Champions League winners' medal and is still a Chelsea player, but is now on his ninth loan stint from the Blues.

I'm very happy about him, because if you play for Chelsea then you have real qualities.

He has adapted to our way of playing extremely quickly and to the ambition of the club.

Clyne scored on Tuesday, Ryan has scored too and that's important for the team.

We can't just rely on the attackers for goals, we need more from across the pitch.

We have different players who have scored this season and that makes the team strong.

– Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.

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Proud Saints boss Koeman: 'Take a picture' of the Premier League table

Ronald Koeman told Southampton to "take a picture" of the Premier League table after Graziano Pelle volleyed "one of the goals of the season" to see off QPR.

Southampton held on to second place thanks to strikes from Pelle and loan man Ryan Bertrand, which secured their fourth straight win.

"I'm a little bit (surprised) by our start yes, because always you have to wait after a lot of changes in the team," said Koeman.

"But we had a good pre-season, we had some difficult moments in the club, a lot of people, even the press was a little bit afraid, with questions about relegation.

"But we know what our qualities are, and little by little we have shown them.

"I'm satisfied with how we're playing. Now we can watch the table tonight and take a picture!"

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse ruled out for ten weeks with fractured foot

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Ward-Prowse fractured his foot during this collision. Credit: PA

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been sidelined for 10 weeks with a fractured foot.

Tuesday's 2-1 win at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup was the first Saints match the 19-year-old academy graduate has missed this season.

Ward-Prowse was taken off on a stretcher 69 minutes into Saturday's win at Swansea, although manager Ronald Koeman was initially hopeful he would be fit for the return to Premier League action against QPR.

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Swans and Saints similar - Koeman

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman sees similarities in his side and Saturday's Premier League opponents Swansea as he targets an extension to Saints' impressive start to the season.

It's nice to see how they play, because it's similar to what we like to do and how we like to play.

It's a team who do very good pressing in midfield and a team who like to dominate the opponent.

It's similar to what we like to do and how we play. I think that will be very interesting this Saturday.

– Ronald Koeman
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