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 By PA Sport
Aug 23, 2014

Koeman targeting 'one or two' signings

The Saints struggled to break down the Baggies on Saturday, though Dusan Tadic impressed for the hosts.

Ronald Koeman confirmed he is not finished in the transfer market after seeing Southampton play out a goalless draw against West Brom at St Mary's.

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A share of the spoils means the Saints boss is still awaiting his first win since taking charge during a summer period that saw a host of star players leave the south coast club.

Graziano Pelle was brought in by Koeman to provide goals but he struggled to make an impact, and the coach was under no illusions that there is yet more work to be done on his squad before the close of the window.

"We know inside what we need in the time we have," he said. "We will work to bring in one or two players. We need that -- it will be a long season in England and on Tuesday we play in the League Cup and with that you need enough players of quality to give the competition in the squad."

The start of the Koeman era on the south coast will prove instantly forgettable when compared to the impressive performance his new-look side put in at Anfield last weekend.

Saints may have lost 2-1 to Liverpool but Koeman felt his side were more alive than they were in front of their own fans, and praised Fraser Forster for making a late save to deny Ideye a dream debut.

"The result was better than last week but the feeling is different. It's strange in football," he added.

"We deserved last week much more than we got, but today it was difficult. We didn't have the tempo to create more. We played against a West Brom side with good organisation, very compact, physical strong in defence.

"You need high quality in the cross and passing and we didn't have that today.

"We like to have more tempo. Sometimes it's too slow and gives the opponents chance to have good organisation. It was maybe a typical goalless match -- thanks to Fraser Forster, he's a good goalkeeper for the future."

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