Rubén Sellés praised Southampton’s professionalism for going down fighting in defeat at Brighton, but was once again left ruing key moments in the game.
With Saints’ relegation already confirmed, there could be no doubting the visitors’ commitment after rallying from 2-0 down to level the scores, only for VAR to intervene and disallow Theo Walcott’s leveller after Mohamed Elyounoussi headed home a corner.
Instead the Seagulls scored a third through Pascal Groß, adding to Evan Ferguson’s first-half brace, securing European football at the Amex Stadium next season.
“I think we showed professionalism, we showed a team that want to play, that want to fight and is together,” Sellés said. “Unfortunately it was not enough.
“We came here and we knew what we needed to do to get something from the game, in that medium block and be ready to counter-attack.
“We had the first chance of the game with Carlos Alcaraz. If we scored that one, the game would be different, for sure.
“We didn’t, and we concede two goals that we need to avoid. In the half time it was about correcting some of the things and go and make our game.
“We scored the first one on a set-piece, which have been better in the last part of the season.
“We were ready to comeback and we scored the second goal that was disallowed by VAR, and the reality is that we keep them there for four, five minutes until we concede the third one.”