Mark Hughes was left to lament lapses in concentration at key moments during Southampton’s 2-1 defeat to Everton in the Premier League.
Despite creating a number of good opportunities in the opening period, the visitors found themselves two goals behind going into the break.
Saints were undone by a quick free-kick routine which saw Theo Walcott released, before Richarlison’s deflected header. Danny Ings's first goal for the club helped halve the arrears but it was not enough.
“I think we played well enough in the first-half and found ourselves 2-0 down due to lapses in our play,” Hughes reflected.
“We switched off at a free-kick on the edge of our box and it is bright play from them but really he shouldn’t be getting in there and we’re disappointed with that.
“The only other thing they really created in that first-half was a good ball into the box that we should have stopped at source, which goes in.
“I actually said at half-time that we created the better of the chances in general play but found ourselves 2-0 down and in the Premier League sometimes that can be too much as it panned out.
“In the second-half, we had a go and go back in the game and pushed for the goal that would have got us back on level terms.
“In the end, I think the referee allowed them to manage the game to a tepid conclusion by giving free-kicks to break up our momentum but we’ll try to take the positives.”