Aribo speaks on "upsetting" ending in Cardiff

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Despite Joe Aribo giving Southampton the lead after 12 minutes, he and his teammates were left with a painful feeling at the ending of the late defeat to Cardiff City.

Saints had the chances to build on Aribo's opener, particularly in the first half but also during the second.

But goals from Famara Diédhiou and Cian Ashford flipped the game on its head, with Stuart Armstrong then needing to be stretchered off with a season-ending injury.

"It’s a frustrating one, difficult to take," said the Nigerian international. "Them scoring late on. Seeing Stu [Armstrong] go down late on is upsetting and hard to take for us today.

"You never want to see anyone get stretchered off, especially not your own teammate. It’s tough to see but the boys will try to be around him in the coming days.

"For us we put in a decent performance, we had a lot of chances, it was just about us being clinical and being ruthless in both boxes. That’s what it ultimately comes down to in football. I wouldn’t say we were very clinical today.

"It’s so important [that we take the lessons from today]. I think every game we play we learn, that’s what we’ve got to take from this defeat today. We’ve got to move forward, dust ourselves off and get the result we’re looking for in the next fixture.

"One thing I’d say is good is that [Tuesday’s game] is coming thick and fast because we’re not going to dwell on this one. We’ll dust ourselves off and then put in a good performance because we know they’re a good team."