Olufela Olomola felt Southampton’s first-half performance cost them dearly as they were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup.
Three first-half goals from Birmingham City put Craig Fleming’s side up against it in the third round of the competition at St Mary’s.
And despite Olomola’s sixth goal of the campaign and one from Thomas O’Connor in the second half, Saints suffered a 3-2 defeat as they exited the competition in disappointing fashion.
“We’re gutted, truly disappointed,” Olomola told youtube.com/southamptonfc after the game. “You can’t expect to do anything if you’re conceding three goals.
“We know it’s through our mistakes and our errors that we lost. We had a gameplan and first half we didn’t do it.
“That was very frustrating. First half was the reason why we lost the game.”
Saints showed plenty of character to edge themselves back into the game in the second 45 minutes, and captain Olomola felt that was a positive to take away from a tough night at St Mary’s.
“We showed good character in the second half but unfortunately it wasn’t enough in the end,” the striker added.
“Obviously we’ve lost and we’re out of the FA Youth Cup, but we can take positives from the experience.
“We want to play at stadiums like this again and that’s one thing we can take out of this. We’ll look at what we’ve done well and what we’ve done badly and then move on.”
A sixth goal of the campaign was little consolation for the former Arsenal man. “It doesn’t really mean anything,” he admitted.
“I would prefer not to score and the team win. I’m happy to score, but it means very little.”