Steven Davis felt Southampton did enough to get something from the game as they lost 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
Alexis Sanchez’s late goal denied Saints a point, and Davis felt they had done enough to deserve just that. But a late injury to Toby Alderweireld after Ronald Koeman had made all three substitutions meant Arsenal took advantage of the extra man to win the game.
Davis believes Saints had restricted and frustrated Arsenal up until that point in the game and even created some good chances of their own throughout, especially in the first half.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Davis said: “It’s a hard one to take, we put so much into the game. We had a couple of good opportunities in the game as well which we felt we should’ve got ourselves in front with.
“Obviously Fraser [Forster] has pulled off a couple of saves in the game as well but obviously to concede right at the death is a hard one to take.
“I thought we contained them very well and restricted them to very few opportunities. Arguably we had the better chances first half. It was frustrating going down to ten men because of the injury after the third substitution.
“We thought we had done enough to get something from the game, unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. We’re experienced to know you can’t switch off in any game.
“You have to go all the way until the final whistle, we felt we contained them quite well, we were frustrating them, but they got that chance at the end and took it.”
Saints now face Manchester United on Monday evening at St Mary’s as they look to bounce back from the defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City previously.
Davis says the squad is capable of responding, adding they still harbour hopes of finishing in the top four this season. “We know the qualities that we have. We’ve tried to show that every game we play," he said.
“We’ve been unfortunate [against Arsenal] but it’s important we pick ourselves up and get ready for the game against Manchester United.
“That’s our ultimate aim [to finish in the top four], it will be a great season if we achieve that but first we must bounce back from this game.”