Nathan Jones admitted Southampton’s defeat to Wolves was a tough one to take after Saints controlled the majority of the game at St Mary’s.
Jones’s side took the lead through Carlos Alcaraz’s first goal for the club in the 25th minute, and immediately gained an even stronger foothold when former Saint Mario Lemina was sent off.
Home debutant Kamaldeen Sulemana had Saints’ best chance to double the lead and potentially kill off the ten-man visitors, but José Sá saved crucially at the forward’s feet.
Cue a Wolves revival, as Jan Bednarek inadvertently put the ball into his own net before João Gomes won the game against the odds three minutes from time.
“It’s very tough, not just myself, for the guys, for the club,” Jones said.
“I thought for 60 minutes we were really good – first half we were excellent, probably as good as we’ve played at home.
“We were front-footed, aggressive, went after the game, created enough chances to have taken more of a lead, but we didn’t.
“In the second half we had a real glorious chance to go two up, and you just fear then. We tried to make positive changes to make sure we stayed front footed, but it wasn’t to be.
“They showed a little bit more quality in the final third than we did. They scrambled in one goal, but the second goal is a good finish and we just needed to show a little bit of that.
“It’s understandable. With the team, what they do and everything it’s really understandable that confidence is low and they’re a bit worried, but I didn’t really see any issues.”