Southampton are impressed by Dutch master van Dijk

Southampton 3 Swansea 1: Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk starred at both ends of the pitch against Swansea and boss Ronald Koeman believes he will get even better.

Van Dijk, a €17million deadline-day signing from Celtic, headed Saints’ opening goal and kept Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis so quiet he was hauled off at half-time, and then did a similar job on substitute Eder in the second half.

Koeman said: “One of his qualities is he is a good header of the ball. He is also defensively strong and his personality is important for the team.”

“I’m very pleased,” Van Dijk told Saints’ official website. “If you look at my height I should be dangerous every time. We practice it a lot.”

Dusan Tadic added the second goal with the aid of a deflection just after half-time and Sadio Mane slotted in the third on the hour.

Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed a late consolation from a penalty but Swansea were never at the races to the annoyance of manager Garry Monk.

“We were not at the right levels,” he said. “We are making errors which is uncharacteristic because we’ve shown already this season the standards we can reach. We have to be consistent. The last two away games have just not been good enough.”

SOUTHAMPTON:

Stekelenburg, Soares, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Mané (Juanmi 86), Davis (Romeu 63), Tadic (Rodriguez 74), Pellè Subs not used: Davis, Yoshida, Long, Rodriguez, Romeu, Martina, Juanmi.

SWANSEA CITY:

Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki Sung-yueng, Cork (Montero 45), Shelvey (Britton 80), Ayew, Sigurdsson, Gomis (Éder 45).

Subs not used:

Britton, Nordfeldt, Routledge, Éder, Montero, Rangel, Bartley.

Referee:

Roger East.


Lifestyle

We catch up with Bushmills’ master distiller, who tells Sam Wylie-Harris more about this liquid gold.Irish whiskey masterclass: 11 things you need to know

Temples, beaches, and several nations with new names.From Bhutan to Costa Rica, Lonely Planet reveals its top countries to visit in 2020

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s unsure how to manage her mother’s dying wishes.Ask a counsellor: ‘Is it appropriate to notify my mother’s friends of her death by email?’

‘The Big Yin’ talks to Luke Rix-Standing about living with Parkinson’s, the power of forgiveness, and why he will never, ever stop swearing.Billy Connolly: ‘You don’t wake up famous, you wake up scratching yourself like everybody else’

More From The Irish Examiner