Ronald Koeman moved by Southampton work ethic

Ronald Koeman admits that he was moved to hear that his Southampton players would rather prepare to face QPR than enjoy a day off after beating Arsenal.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that he was moved by his players' refusal to accept a day off after beating Arsenal in order to prepare for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Koeman's side humbled the Gunners in a third-round League Cup clash at the Emirates on Tuesday to make it five straight victories in all competitions.

However, the Dutchman says that his troops have no desire to rest on their laurels ahead of facing QPR at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon.

"We planned for Wednesday to be a day off after the Tuesday, but Jose Fonte said to me, 'Boss, we'd like to come and train tomorrow'," he told reporters.

"I said: 'But you have a day off - I've planned a lot of things with my wife!' So we changed it, and we had a recovery session.

"The players showed a great ambition. I've never had a squad say no to a day off. That means a lot for me. We've spoken to each other and said that if they win against Queens Park Rangers then they'll get that day off next week, so we hope to win on Saturday."

Kickoff at St Mary's gets underway at 3pm.

Southampton player Victor Wanyama celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Liberty Stadium on September 20, 2014
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