Oriol Romeu was left frustrated that Southampton were unable to convert their impressive end to last season into a positive result on the opening day of the new campaign.
Saints kicked off 2020/21 with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, who scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute through Wilfried Zaha.
Whilst Romeu felt the team improved after half time, it was not enough for Saints to rescue anything from the game.
“We wanted to win, we were feeling very good before this game,” he reflected,
“At the end of last season it was very positive. Pre-season has gone very well as well, but I think in the first half they felt good in what they were doing and we couldn’t move the ball quickly enough to create chances.
“We had to change things up and we did that at half time – trying to put more balls in behind, playing more through the lines and trying to hurt them a little bit more and putting them more under pressure.
“I think we had some chances in the second half, but unfortunately we couldn’t take any. The reaction in the second half was what had to be done.”
Romeu stopped short of saying Saints deserved a share of the spoils, citing a lack of clinical edge in the final third.
“We would’ve deserved something if we had taken our chances but we didn’t, so that’s something we have to get better at,” he added.
“We probably need to give the strikers more options, more chances to score those goals, and by playing the whole game as we did in the second half.”