15 Oct 2015
LG PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: KOEMAN'S SAINTS WIN AT THE BRIDGE
The League Managers Association five-man Performance of the Week panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry, were in agreement that this week the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Southampton following their excellent 3-1 victory against Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 3rd October 2015.
The experienced and highly distinguished panel has managed a combined total of over 6,000 competitive matches in professional football.
Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, will receive a specially commissioned trophy made by world renowned silversmiths and LMA Partner, Thomas Lyte of London, in a presentation to commemorate the award.
Koeman’s side came from behind to seize the three points away from the current Barclays Premier League Champions.
Chelsea took the initiative within 10 minutes, as Willian’s wide free kick curled in off the far post. However, Steven Davis latched on to a Graziano Pellè knock down to level the scores before half time.
15 minutes in to the second half Saints took the lead, as Sadio Mané latched on to a Pellè pass to slot the ball past the onrushing Chelsea keeper. Mané then returned the favour 12 minutes later, following a Southampton counter attack, and Pellè’s clinical finish put the game beyond doubt.
Koeman said of his team’s performance: “I think the difference was how we played the second half. (We were) more aggressive to press Chelsea, (we had) fantastic movements and in my opinion, totally deserved the three points.”