José Fonte admitted it was ‘hard to take’ defeat to Queens Park Rangers, and felt that Southampton were the better team at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Fonte couldn’t hide his frustration at seeing the Premier League’s basement side nick all three points from under Saints’ noses, but conceded that the visitors were more clinical than Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
“It’s very disappointing after the way we dominated the game,” he told Saints Player after the match. “We felt that we had the game under control for the whole 90 minutes, but the fact is they had two chances and they scored two goals.
“There was not enough movement, and not enough lines for passes that we could find so to be fair they sat back and defended well.
“You saw how in control we were of the game, but it was one of those days where we couldn’t find the last pass and we didn’t have that bit of luck to get a second goal like we know we can.”
Barring Gaston Ramirez’s strike on half-time it was a relatively quiet afternoon from Saints’ attacking players, and the defender was himself, close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions.
“We did have a chance to go 2-1 up which we didn’t convert and then they scored with the only chance that they had in the second half, so it’s hard to take this, but we need to move on really as there’s no other option.
“It was up to us to create the chances and we didn’t. It’s very disappointing like I said, and we need to move on now as we have another game on Saturday that we need to take points from. We learn the lessons now and go to Norwich to try to get some points.”
The defeat marked José’s return to action following a two-month lay-off from a knee injury sustained in the FA Cup defeat to Chelsea, and although much has changed in that time, the defender highlighted that he’s enjoying working under new coaching staff at the club.
“I’ve found it really good to be honest,” he said. “There’s a good vibe at the training ground and we’re all working really hard because we want to take this club forward.
“Personally I felt good today. My knee didn’t hurt me at all and I felt strong so at least that’s a positive for me as I have no pain now.”
Saturday’s result leave Saints in 16th and not out of trouble, and although Fonte acknowledges the team aren’t out of trouble yet, they are only looking upwards.
“We know where we are obviously,” he stated. “We know that other teams are close to us so we need to make sure that we get as many points as we can so that we can start looking up instead of looking down.
“Everyone is aware that the job is not done yet and there are still ten games to play in which we need to work very hard to get points.
“We want to be looking up and start moving up the table, but we’re aware that the job is not done yet so now we focus on the next game and getting points in that one.”