Ralph Hasenhüttl was pleased with the efforts of his players after Southampton dug deep to earn a point against Crystal Palace at St Mary’s.
Back in action for the second time in 48 hours, Saints found themselves behind to a team with an enviable defensive record, after James Tomkins’s thumping header broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half.
Danny Ings struck the equaliser in the 74th minute, after which Palace had goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to thank for ensuring the spoils were shared as Saints finished strongly.
“I’m not unhappy,” was Hasenhüttl’s assessment. “We were one down and it’s not so easy to come back against this team.
“It was similar to last season, when we equalised at the end, and we had chances to win this game too.
“It was a pity that Moussa didn’t score – it was a great save from the goalkeeper – and Ingsy had a good chance, with another great save from the goalkeeper, so I think we showed a good reaction after the goal.
“I think the team knew it is difficult if you go one down against this team, but we stuck to the game plan and Moussa made a good impact as a sub.
“In the end, we had more chances than the opponent, so I think it was not such a bad game for us. It was absolutely a deserved point and maybe, with a little bit of luck, we could’ve taken more.”