Stuart Armstrong was left to rue Southampton’s disappointing start and end to their Premier League meeting with Everton, with the visitors leaving with all three points.
Marco Silva’s side took the lead after just five minutes when Tom Davies headed home, with Saints rallying to equalise just after half-time through Danny Ings. However, Richarlison fired home late on to inflict yet another home defeat.
Taking some encouragement from Southampton’s response after the break, Armstrong was left to lament their start and finish.
“As a group, we’re disappointed with how it ended,” the Scotsman said. “We had a poor start and sustained a lot of pressure in the first half.
“We made a few adjustments in the second and got ourselves back into it. There was a positive feeling on the pitch and so to concede again was disappointing.
“It’s an upward climb at the end of the game to try and get something out of it and ultimately we missed out.
“When you work hard all week and go into a game thinking positive and wanting to get the best out of it, conceding so early was obviously disappointing.”
Despite defeat at St Mary’s the midfielder is still looking to take some positives from their second half display.
“We know we’re better than that as a group, but equally, getting back into the game is something we can be proud of, but conceding so late was disappointing.
“I think we started the second half very well, with a lot of good moves and possession in their half and we looked threatening, so we can build on that.”