Ronald Koeman was disappointed with the result but not the performance of his players, as Southampton lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool on Sunday.
An early goal from Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead, before Raheem Sterling sealed the win inside the final 20 minutes, as Koeman’s side failed to find a way through.
Koeman admitted that Saints lacked the composure in front of goal, and that was the difference between the two sides at St Mary’s.
Speaking to Southampton’s official YouTube channel, Koeman said: “I’m disappointed about the result but I’m not disappointed about the performance of the team.
“We deserved much more, we were a little bit unlucky in some decisions of the referee. We had at least one penalty, the second situation of the foul against Filip Djuričić was 100 per cent a penalty and the referee didn’t whistle.
“You have to accept that and then they scored a great goal from Coutinho. It was not a question of not playing good or that we had bad organisation, we did a lot of good things.
“But in the last few weeks we have struggled to score goals. If you play three times at home and don’t score, that tells you something. We are struggling in the last part of attacking.
“The difference was individual quality, not the team quality or organisation because I enjoyed my team’s performance much more than Liverpool’s.
“It’s about scoring goals, that’s the disappointment because we deserved much more but we didn’t score the goals.”
Koeman admitted his players were unhappy at half-time following four penalty appeals during the opening 45 minutes, none of which went their way.
But he was pleased with his side’s character in the second half, and believes that if they continue to do the same, they will keep fighting for a top place in the table.
“They were frustrated,” Koeman added. “Everybody expects that when there are three or four situations in the box, maybe yes, maybe not, then you expect to get one and we didn’t get any of them.
“We tried everything. The lads had great spirit and kept it until the last second. At 2-0 down it’s more difficult, maybe the belief fell away in the players a little bit.
“It’s all about the spirit that we have shown until now. If we keep our quality on the pitch that we’ve shown against Liverpool, we will fight for a high place in the table.”