Oct 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​bet365 Stadium
StokeStoke City
N'Zonzi (48'), Biram Diouf (82')
Bardsley (64'), Wilson (65'), Adam (76'), Crouch (87')
Crouch (88')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Pelle (6', 88'), Long (30')
Fonte (87'), Pelle (90')

Ronald Koeman: 'Southampton deserved to win'

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admits that Stoke City made it difficult for his side in their League Cup fourth-round tie, but says that his side deserved to progress.

Ronald Koeman has conceded that Southampton were "a little lucky" to beat Stoke City in the League Cup last night, but says that his side eventually did enough to progress into the quarter-finals.

The Saints raced into a two-goal lead at the Britannia Stadium, before Steven N'Zonzi found the target four minutes after the interval to change the complexion of the game.

Stoke eventually levelled up through Mame Biram Diouf, although the hosts imploded late on when Peter Crouch was dismissed, with Graziano Pelle bagging his second goal moments later to snatch the victory.

"We played well," Koeman is quoted as saying by BT Sport. "It was more difficult when they made it 1-2 after half time. In the first half we scored two great goals and were much the better team on the pitch.

"They showed more character after half time, real fight, but we created three big chances for the third and didn't take them. They were physical and brought Crouch in, and it's difficult to defend. It's not the way I like to play but that's Stoke.

"Maybe after the red card for Crouch we were a little lucky but we deserved to win, we had more chances than Stoke."

Southampton will now take on Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals.

Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on September 13, 2014
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