Maya Yoshida says Southampton must move on quickly after enduring a tough night on home soil as Leicester City ran out 4-1 winners at St Mary’s.
Saints found themselves 3-0 down at half-time, but pulled a goal back through Yoshida before Charlie Austin came agonisingly close to making it 3-2.
Instead Leicester scored again, prompting the defender to apologise to the home supporters and call on the club to show its fighting spirit over the busy festive period.
“We conceded three sloppy goals in the first half,” Yoshida said.
“We tried to come back in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. It’s a huge defeat against a team just above us.
“We still have many games in December, and the next game against Chelsea is a massive game. It will be difficult, but we have to show our spirit.
“We have to move on – that means not only the players, but the staff, the fans, everyone.
“We put in a good performance against Arsenal and I think the fans were expecting more from us, so it’s a real shame.
“The fans always support us a lot and I would like to say sorry to them today.
“It’s a really difficult moment for Southampton Football Club, but we need to show our spirit and give one hundred per cent on Saturday.”