Ralph Hasenhüttl reflected on a missed opportunity after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley in the Premier League at Turf Moor.
Nathan Redmond’s sixth goal of the season in the second-half had sent Saints on the way to a priceless victory, before Ashley Barnes’ penalty in the last minute of added time earned the hosts a share of the spoils.
The result means the visitors stay one place above the Clarets in the league on goal difference as well as extending their unbeaten run to five.
Asked about the mood in the dressing room after such a late goal, Hasenhüttl said: “Surely they are not happy because we were very close to a very big win against a tight opponent.
“It’s an amazing battle we have had here today and I think in both halves we started very well, controlling the game and putting pressure on the opponent and had really good chances to score.
“Finally Redmond did, it was a fantastic goal and it was clear that in the end at 1-0 then the game is always alive for Burnley. They try anything to come back and in the last situation the penalty is a pity.
“You have to say that they also had a few chances before that so we have to take this point whether it is fair or not. Both sides had chances to score so it had been a big step, it was only a small one in the end but an important step.
“It’s difficult at the moment [to take positives] as it feels like we lost the game but maybe after one or two days we can say ‘ok we are still unbeaten’ and we made two points against tight opponents.
“Now we have a home game against Cardiff, we lost this game in Cardiff so we want to be better and that’s our target that we’re facing next week.”