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Swindon Was Okay - Koeman

Manager Ronald Koeman has given his reaction to our one nil win over Swindon Town, and described the performance and result as being 'okay'.

A goal from Jos Hoovield was enough to give us victory on the night, and it was of course a youthful selection across the squad again, and Koeman was pretty happy with how the game went and how our pre season plans are progressing, and he told saintsfc.

'The result was okay. I think we deserved one or two more goals in this match, but it was okay. There was good spirit in the team and I think the start was very good. Maybe in front of goal we're not as sharp as normal but I'm happy about the performance.'

Koeman goes on to say that he was particularly pleased with our movement when attacking as he felt we were lively down the wing, and they were supported well by the midfield, but we lost that shape and endeavour somewhat when Swindon started pressing more - but he knows that happens and it's something that can be discussed now.

'It was a step further than the last two friendlies, but it's a good way to reach 100% physically and mentally.'

Having played a few pre season friendlies now and with less than a month left before the start of the season proper, Koeman also admits that fans will get an idea of his preferred starting line up over the coming games because now is the time he'll start tweaking ready for the season with the first team, the first team group and then those on the fringe.

'Little by little we'll look for the best squad and team. You could see that (against Swindon) and you'll see that for the next three friendly matches. It's a good chance for the youngsters, I'm happy with their performances - they've shown their qualities.'

As for those players missing, the gaffer added that Steven Davis has a knock so wasn't risked, but he expects him to play on Friday, and Tadic is still awaiting his work permit and it was hoped he would be back either today or tomorrow latest.

With Sam McQueen coming off injured as well, Koeman said it was mainly precautionary and really he could've continued if needed, but now isn't the time for risks and today if needed he'll spend it not training to rest, but other than that he expects him to be okay and back in full flow on Wednesday.

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Date:Tuesday July 22 2014

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