Jannik Vestergaard felt hard done by after Southampton exited the Carabao Cup on a penalty shoot-out that left a sour taste at Leicester.
Saints restricted their hosts to precious little goalmouth action and got stronger as the game went on, as Nathan Redmond hit the crossbar and substitute Manolo Gabbiadini repeated the feat in stoppage time.
In between, a neat finish from Steven Davis was ruled out for an alleged handball from Redmond in the build-up, before Gabbiadini’s spot-kick was saved by Danny Ward and Saints were left cursing their luck.
“We’re all very disappointed,” Vestergaard said. “I think we put up a good performance, and to me, on the field, I had the feeling that we were the better team, or at least had the clearer chances.
“We should’ve converted and we did – unfortunately the VAR took that one back. I’m not so sure about that one.
“I think we played a very good game and we were stable defensively. When you defend well, it’s not just two or three guys, it’s a team effort.
“I think we were a really connected group out there and didn’t give up big areas of the pitch, especially not in the dangerous areas.
“We played with three or five at the back and I think it worked really well. I was happy to be in there and contributing as well.
“We were unlucky, I’d say, but there are a lot of positives to take and we need to build on these positives because we desperately need some results now.”