For skipper Steven Davis, a slow start was Southampton’s undoing against Brighton on Wednesday night, the home side finding themselves behind to Glenn Murray’s penalty after just 13 minutes.
From then, it was an uphill struggle for the home side who had Jack Stephens to thank for the second time in five days after the defender’s flicked equaliser in the second half.
“It’s so important to start quickly at home and get on the front foot but we didn’t do that tonight,” Davis said.
“We were a goal behind early on and Brighton were difficult to break down. Overall, we showed enough of a reaction to eventually get back level but we couldn’t find a touch of quality in the final third to get a winner.”
Despite Wednesday night’s stalemate, the captain remains confident that Saints have the requisite quality to pull clear of danger in the coming weeks.
“We knew how important a result would have been here against a team that’s near us in the table. We simply haven’t won enough games; I believe there is a lot of quality in this dressing room and we shouldn’t be in this position. It’s up to us to pull ourselves out of it.
“We’ve shown some signs of progression but we need start performing for a full 90 minutes and turn one point into three. All we can do is try and find the positives in games and look to push forwards in the next few weeks.”