Suffering a second successive defeat at St Mary’s this week, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was left to reflect on all aspects of his side’s performance against Watford.
Falling two goals behind in the first half courtesy of a Cucho Hernández brace, Mohamed Elyounoussi’s response just before the break proved to be little more than a consolation.
Held at arm’s length in the second half, the Saints boss bemoaned the hosts’ performance at both ends of the pitch.
“With the ball we haven’t been good enough today,” he said. “Not quick enough and not precise enough and against the ball we gave away chances in a very, very easy way. Overall, not a good enough performance.
“It is not easy at the moment, you can see a lot of scenes where we had to stop and break our rhythm because somebody was lying on the ground and then it’s tough for our young team to stay patient and to stay focused and break somebody down who is defending quite well.
“They did it quite well and that’s the reason why we lost. We haven’t played well enough today, haven’t had good decisions today and in the end not it’s not enough to break such a team down.”