McCarthy: A frustrating evening

By SFC Media Sat 14 Dec Saints v West Ham
Photo by Matt Watson | Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy described the dressing room as a frustrated place following Southampton’s narrow 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham.

Unable to record a third successive victory at St Mary’s, Sébastien Haller’s first-half strike was enough for the Hammers to leave with all three points in the Premier League.

Missing the chance to exit the bottom three, McCarthy said: “Everyone’s come off the pitch very frustrated.

“Going into the game, we knew the magnitude of it having won our previous two games here against teams around us.

“We knew how big the game was, so everyone is frustrated. It was a chance to climb up the table but it wasn’t meant to be.”

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Rallying in the second half, Danny Ings struck the crossbar before having a goal controversially disallowed for a foul in the build-up.

Unable to find an equaliser, the Saints keeper was left to rue a missed opportunity.

“I don’t think we started the game well enough but I think we created more in the second half.

You need that little bit of luck and to be fair, in the second half I thought we were going to come away with a point.

“Danny was unlucky when he hit the bar and the one he curled into the corner, I don’t know what the foul was given for but we regroup now and look to go and get a result next week at [Aston] Villa.”

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