Martin Hunter was left hugely disappointed after Southampton Under-23s were beaten 1-0 by Derby County in Premier League 2.
Alex Babos’ strike proved the difference for the visitors in the second-half at St Mary’s.
Hunter reflected: “We’re not very happy at all. The goal that we gave away was extremely and there was some poor individual defending.
“For about the third match running we dominated possession but we were poor in both boxes.
“Their bravery outshone us I’m afraid tonight, they were the first to put their bodies on the line so it’s very, very disappointing.”
Nathan Tella was introduced late on in the game for his debut in search of an equaliser, and Hunter highlighted his cameo as a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating night.
He added; “I’m delighted with him. He was very bright, he’s direct and he’s quick. He played with a real passion and energy so in terms of his debut we were very pleased with him.”