Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was keen to focus on the bigger picture after Southampton fell to a heart-breaking late defeat at the hands of Cardiff City on Saturday.
Saints bossed most of the game at St Mary’s and looked to have at least rescued a point when Jack Stephens cancelled out Sol Bamba’s opener in stoppage time, only to be hit by an even later sucker punch.
The result leaves Saints in the bottom three, but Højbjerg admitted setbacks are inevitable – it’s where the team finish at the end of the season that’s all important.
“Football turns from day to day and week to week,” he said, speaking shortly after full time.
“I would love to have a game tomorrow, to go out and win it to forget about today, but the reality is you have to stay realistic and humble.
“It’s very important to see that what we are on at the moment is a journey.
“We are trying to achieve our goals, but not from day to day. We have to achieve our goals when the Premier League 2018/19 is finished, and stay in the Premier League.
“We have to know when the season is over that we’ve done everything in our hands and a bit more to make the club proud, our families proud, the fans and ourselves proud.
“We will not stop. We cannot stop, and we will come back stronger.”