Armstrong: It's a tough one to take

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Adam Armstrong admitted it "should have been three" points for Southampton as his side were pegged back late on in a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough in the SkyBet Championship.

The forward opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season in the first half, capitalising on a defensive error from the visitors to give his side an early lead.

Despite dominating large spells of the contest, missed chances were ultimately punished by Emmanuel Latte Lath's late headed equaliser.

"It's tough. I think we touched on that in the changing room, we've got to take our chances when they come." Armstrong admitted.

"Yeah, it's hard. We're all human and it's obviously hard to take, we had a lot of chances and should have put them away but that's football.

"The best in the world miss chances and you've just got to go again. We've got to put it right because we're in a great position still with nine massive games to go."

Keen to look ahead rather than dwell on disappointment for too long, Saints' top scorer added "you've got to take the positives from it as much as you can because at this point and this stage of the season, every point matters.

"It's a good point, could have been three, should have been three, and we'll go again on Monday."

Armstrong's goal was his third in as many games, but there was just one thing on his mind after the full-time whistle.

"The main thing is the three points, that's all that matters.

"As long as I'm healthy and chipping in with goals or assists it's a big thing, and I want to keep that going obviously, but it's a tough one to take today because the goal doesn't mean the three points.

"I've been in this league a long time and there's a lot of times where games don't mean stuff when you're either mid-table or you're safe, games don't really mean much to people but this is massive.

"We've got a great opportunity to get back to the Premier League and the lads are dying for it. It's going to be a massive nine games, we've got to take the positives and look forward to every one.

"It's a crazy league, nine games, there's a lot of points to play for. We've got to keep going and keep working hard and hopefully at the start of May we'll be in the Premier League."

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