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Ronald Koeman questions referee calls after Southampton's Europa Cup exit

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/08/2015

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Southampton were sent crashing out of Europe last night courtesy of a strike from FC Midtjylland's very own 'Big Dunc'.

Former Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen was given the nickname 'Duncan' during his early years with AGF Aarhus as he reminded a coach of former Everton forward Duncan Ferguson.

And he provided the moment of inspiration to send the Danish champions into the Europa League group stages, with Ronald Koeman's Saints losing 1-0 on the night and falling at the final hurdle of qualification.

Having made heavy weather of a first-leg draw at St Mary's a week ago, Southampton were unable to get on the scoresheet at the soaked MCH Arena in Herning and will now go back to focusing on the stuttering start they have made to their domestic campaign.

Saints manager Koeman said: "We were unlucky, because in both games we were the better team, who had the best and the most chances. Both games.

"We scored a good goal at home which was disallowed by the referee. We should have had a penalty for handball, and that had an amazing influence on the final result.

"Maybe it was the best performance until now from the team. We worked hard. Sometimes you need good and right decisions and we didn't have that.

"I think we started very well. We created some good chances in the first 15 minutes. Okay we made a mistake for their goal because Jay (Rodriguez) lost the ball where he shouldn't be losing the ball.

"They were very clinical, but I think the final result is not the result we saw on the pitch."

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