Danny Ings was left with mixed emotions after Southampton were denied a stunning win at the Emirates Stadium by a last-gasp Arsenal equaliser.
It was Ings himself who opened the scoring with some alert thinking to latch on to Ryan Bertrand’s quickly-taken free-kick and finish via the inside of the post after just eight minutes.
That goal was cancelled out by Alexandre Lacazette in the first half, and the same man popped up deep into stoppage time to salvage a point the hosts scarcely deserved, having fallen behind for a second time to James Ward-Prowse’s rebounded penalty and survived a glut of late Saints chances.
“It’s mixed emotions really,” Ings said. “I think looking at the game before we kicked off, you’d have probably taken a point, but coming off the pitch, you’re gutted we didn’t win.
“That’s credit to the team and the fans today. We put everything into it and the fans were great behind us – it’s gutting not to get the three points, but we have to take confidence moving forward.
danny ingsto come here, play the way we did and create as many chances as we did, was a huge step for us.
“I thought we played some great football today. Off the ball we were pressing a lot and left nothing out on the pitch, so it’s definitely a step forward that we can build on.
“We knew how tough it was going to be. They’ve got some top players, and we knew we’d have to be on it from the start.
“To come here, play the way we did and create as many chances as we did, was a huge step for us.
“It’s important we build in the next few games, improve even more than we have done so far in this tough period, and keep moving forward as a club.”
Ings has now scored seven times in his last eight appearances, and has eight goals for the season.
“I just caught eyes with him (Bertrand) and I could see he wanted to take it quickly. Luckily enough I reacted to it, because he’s a very experienced player and very smart,” he added.
“When I saw him sprinting towards the ball, I thought, ‘I’ve got to go here, otherwise he’s going to shout at me!’
“So it was good to think quickly, catch them off guard and put it in the back of the net.”