Goalkeeper Fraser Forster says Saints can hold their heads high despite a cruel defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
Forster produced one of his best displays since arriving in the summer to keep the score at 0-0, but after Toby Alderweireld went off injured with ten minutes to go to leave Saints playing with ten men, the stopper was finally beaten by Alexis Sanchez.
Having come so close to an impressive point on the road, Forster admitted the defeat was hard to take when speaking to Southampton’s official YouTube channel after the game.
He said: “It’s harsh losing right at the end. I thought we’d done enough for 0-0 but it wasn’t meant to be. We were maybe missing that little bit of luck that we needed and then we went down to ten men with Toby going off injured.
“It’s hard enough 11 against 11, but there are plenty of positives to take from that. If we play like that in the majority of the games, then we’ll pick up a lot of points.
“It was nice to contribute, I’ve probably been underworked with how good the team has been through the first ten games. It is important when they do get through I do my best to help the team and hopefully I did that tonight.
“It was disappointing not to see it out. We matched them for 90 minutes. The Emirates is always going to be a hard place to come but for them to score right at the end is very disappointing, we just need to move on and carry on into next Monday.
“They are a top quality side. They move the ball well and to play the last ten minutes with ten men is always going to be really hard. It is a bit cruel but we can hold our heads high.”
Saints created chances of their own throughout the game, but were unable to make the most of them, before Sanchez won the game for Arsenal.
Despite the disappointment, Forster felt the were a number of positives that Saints could take from the game into next Monday against Manchester United at St Mary’s.
“We had chances, it just wasn’t meant to be as I said,” he added. “We missed that bit of luck. It would have been nice to get a 0-0 but it’s important we learn and move on and do what we can to pick up points on Monday night.
“I think it was a different performance to Sunday, it’s the reaction everyone was looking for. If we play like that against most teams, we’ll get points but we were missing that bit of luck you always need in football.”