Callum Slattery admits the Southampton players felt hard done by after seeing two points snatched away in the last minute of stoppage time at Burnley.
Saints performed well at Turf Moor, deservedly taking the lead through Nathan Redmond’s second-half opener, but suffered a late aerial bombardment as the hosts chased an equaliser.
Just as the visitors looked set to see the job through, Jack Stephens was penalised for handball and Ashley Barnes dispatched the resulting spot-kick to earn a share of the spoils.
“We’re very disappointed that we didn’t come away with all three points,” Slattery said, speaking after his first Premier League start.
“I feel like we’ve been hard done by with a decision, but that happens.
“We always felt we had control in the game. It’s a tough place to come and they put you under a pressure at all times with balls in the box, but it’s something you have to deal with.
“I thought we dug deep until the last minute – we haven’t really been pinned back.”
The team’s overriding emotion might be one of disappointment, but Saints did extend their unbeaten Premier League start in 2019 to five matches ahead of another crucial clash next weekend, as struggling Cardiff make the trip to St Mary’s.
“We’ve picked up the momentum and we’re on a good run,” Slattery continued. “It would’ve been nice to take the three points, but we didn’t come away with nothing.
“Hopefully we can take that into the next game and pick up three points.”