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Koeman upset over 'lack of respect'

Southampton was knocked out The Capital One Cup by Sheffield United, but The Saints’ manager was not pleased with his counterpart on the other bench.

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Southampton’s poor run continues with a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield United at The Bramall Lane, as their Capital One Cup run ends in the quarterfinal.

The game was played in a feisty manner, with Sheffield United’s coach, Chris Morgan being sent to the stands shortly after his side had scored. Late on, Southampton defender Florin Gardos, was also sent-off for a last-man foul.

After the final whistle was blown, Ronald Koeman walked off to the dugout without shaking the hands of Nigel Clough. When asked about his action, this is what the Dutchman had to say:

"I had to make a statement. If coaches, people, act like this, then I am afraid for the future."

Koeman then added:

"I don’t tell more about that. No respect is no respect. Shouting, I don’t use that word. It’s about four letters."

Clough on the other hand, was taken aback by Morgan’s dismissal.

"The referee came over and had a chat. We will try to see them and see if we can explain. No swearing going on, no aggression or anything like that."

The 48-year old manager was disappointed with Koeman’s refusal to shake his hand.

"I just put my hand out and he walked away. You would have to ask him why."

Furthermore, Clough said:

"I think the biggest lack of respect is when you don’t shake somebody’s hands, especially in defeat."

For now, Clough can bask in the face that his side has reached the semifinal of Capital One Cup, after leading them to the same stage in last season’s FA Cup.

Meanwhile, Koeman will now focus on Everton’s visit this Saturday with the hope of halting Southampton’s five-game losing streak.