Radhi Jaïdi reflected on contrasting halves after his young side fell to a 4-2 defeat to Liverpool in Premier League 2 on Monday night.
The visitors took a lead into the break with goals from Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones punctuated by a Will Smallbone leveller.
Pedro Chirivella’s goal looked to have put the game beyond Saints, but they showed a fighting spirit to pull one back through Dan N’Lundulu before a dominant spell that should have yielded more.
“I think it all came from our mistakes and our operation defensively but, having said that, we played against good opposition with good individuals that made it more difficult for us,” Jaïdi said.
“You can see the first two goals in the first-half were more about losing possession in the build-up and then it’s a counter, a quick attack and it’s easy for the opposition to score the goal.
“It’s something that we spoke about during the week and we’re looking to develop that and improve that as quick as possible.
“I think the second-half was much, much better. The reaction I was pleased with and apart from the goals we conceded from set-plays, the boys showed a reaction and created at least four clear chances.
“At 3-2 if we score then we should probably dominant more of the game and probably win it. It’s a momentum that we didn’t really take in that moment.
“We finished off high performance wise and of course there are areas we need to improve on and ultimately avoid sloppy mistakes.”