It was a case of two points lost rather than one gained for Saints’ Maya Yoshida after four goals were shared with Newcastle United.
Yoshida – who captained the side at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon – could not hide his disappointment at the final whistle in spite of Manolo Gabbiadini’s second-half double.
“We really ought to have won today,” the Japanese international said. “Newcastle are in good form, a newly promoted club, but nonetheless we should be doing much better.
“I am pleased for Manolo but we conceded twice at the other end so we have no excuses. Our reaction after Newcastle’s goals was good but that needs to be the standard right from kick-off.”
And, with West Brom and Burnley set to visit Southampton in the next three matches, Maya called on his teammates to ensure that they make home advantage count in the coming month.
“Fortunately we have another home game coming up next week to make amends, this period between now and the next international break is very important.
“We need to pick up points now because December holds some very difficult fixtures for us. West Brom are a strong side and consistently in the top half of the table. It’s a big opportunity for us to show our character.”