Toby Alderweireld felt Saints played well enough with ten men to warrant at least a point for their efforts in the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland.
The game’s turning point at the Stadium of Light was when James Ward-Prowse was sent off, and Jordi Gomez converted his second penalty of the contest to put the Black Cats in front for a lead which they held until the final whistle.
Alderweireld conceded that Saints were not at their best throughout, but thought that the visitors were much improved after the red card, and could have scored late on to earn a draw.
“I think we deserved more from this,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“Especially when you play 25-30 minutes with ten men because I think then we played our best football and deserved at least a point.
“We were very happy with the 1-1 but then we made too many mistakes and didn’t get in our game. We had to punish them and we didn’t do it.”
The start to the second 45 was pivotal to the result according to Ronald Koeman, and Alderweireld concurred with his manager.
He said: “I have to agree and say that we weren’t good in those first ten minutes and that’s where we lost the game I think. Like I said before, a lot of ball possession that went wrong and then with the red
card at 2-1 we knew it was then going to be very difficult from there.
“After that we couldn’t get into our game. We lost balls too easy and I think the two penalties and the red card made it very difficult.”
The Belgian hit a late strike which almost snatched a draw, and he admitted that he would like to see footage of the game again to confirm his thoughts, especially the spot kicks awarded against the team.
“The ball was not too high and he (Graham) wanted to go with his head and José tried to play the ball, so for me it was not a penalty,” he said of the first spot kick.
“The second I didn’t know as it was difficult to see from behind, but I’d have to see the images again because I think it was harsh on us.
“We tried as much as we can to achieve something and get the second goal, then in the last minute the goalkeeper made a fantastic save I think unfortunately, from my shot.
“We did everything and even with ten men we had more ball possession and everything so I think we deserved more from the game.”
Alderweireld added that his shoulder was feeling “much better” this week after playing through the pain barrier last weekend, and says Saints will need to up their game again next weekend at in-form Leicester City.
“It wasn’t our best game and we have to try to get our level up for next Saturday,” he stated. “We have to try and be better than we were today because if you play the same level as today then we’re going to
have a lot of difficulties there so we have to get our normal level again and play better football."