Nathan Jones expressed his disappointment after Southampton fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.
The Saints manager saw his side beaten by Taiwo Awoniyi’s 27th-minute strike at St Mary’s, as Brennan Johnson intercepted Lyanco’s square pass and laid the ball on a plate for Awoniyi to score with the only shot on target of the game.
Before the goal, Saints spurned a golden chance to open the scoring themselves, as Ché Adams shot wide, but further opportunities proved elusive for both sides.
“Really frustrating,” Jones reflected. “We started really well, front-footed, we wanted to get that first chance, got a glorious chance and didn’t take it.
“We didn’t really have many problems, apart from counter-attacks, and then we gifted them a goal, which really created a poor mood here.
“We kept trying to chase it, kept trying to move the ball, kept trying to create stuff and we had enough opportunities in and around the box to have created certain things, but we didn’t. That cost us in the end.
“We’ve just got to be better, we’ve got to demonstrate that, we’ve got to take a chance and give ourselves an opportunity.
“Then sides have to come out and space opens up and then you can be a better football team.
“The Premier League is brutal, and you can get punished for the mistakes you make. At the minute we are getting punished for absolutely every mistake we make, but we are still making mistakes in games.
“We need to keep clean sheets, we need to show a little bit more bravery in the final third, and then we can become a better team.”