Ralph Hasenhüttl praised a positive display from Southampton despite falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal was the difference at St Mary’s, despite a relentless effort from Hasenhüttl’s men to stage a comeback late in the second-half.
“This is also part of this beautiful game,” confessed the boss. “That you sometimes do a lot of good things, do a lot of good work on the pitch but still don’t get the result.
“This is nothing that should let us worry because we have shown that we are competitive today. It was in the end some margins that we’re missing for scoring goals and in the end one protection from the opponent decided this game. This can happen in football and especially against top teams, this happens.”
“I think we played good against the ball; we didn’t give them a lot of chances. We had been compact, we had some good moments with the ball, we created some good moments in the first half, some good chances in the second half.
“You always feel on the set pieces we were dangerous today but dangerous alone is not enough. Next time we need to take this one goal, which is what we need.”
One of the biggest talking points came shortly after United’s goal, with McTominay getting a hand to the ball inside the area.
“I’ve seen it, it was a few times on the hand not the one time so I don’t know what to say. Argument is it wasn’t a penalty but for me it was a penalty.
“We are proud of what we’ve done today and shouldn’t be scared of the future, when we keep on working like this and fighting for every point. This is what we will do in the future and hopefully we’ll get more reward.”
When looking ahead to Tuesday’s clash with Chelsea, Hasenhüttl’s message was clear:
“Same effort. Same performance and hopefully different result.”