Nathaniel Clyne rued the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham after an impressive away performance by Saints.
Clyne felt the team would have been worthy of at least a draw in North London, but conceded that despite controlling Gareth Bale for much of the game, the Spurs man proved why he has won so many Player of the Year awards this season, by popping up with an 86th minute winner.
“That’s what world class players do,” Nathaniel told Saints Player. “Even when they’re not playing their best they can still get something off you and just score.
“We started off the game ever-so-well,” the full-back recalled. “We created chances, we came at them and although it was away from home we still had a good go at it, so it’s disappointing that we let them score near the last minute.
“I thought we were (the better team). We were creating the clearer chances in the game and it’s just unfortunate that they’ve put one in the back of the net at the end, but hopefully now we’ll score in the next game.”
Saints restricted their opponents throughout the contest, with the match-winner Tottenham’s only shot on target in the second 45 which was testament to the way Mauricio Pochettino’s men approached the game.
“The game-plan is always to press,” Clyne highlighted, “and today it was not to let Spurs’ good players have time on the ball because if they get that then they’ll hurt you, but we pressed them and it worked.
“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing as we’re putting in the performances, but we’re just not quite getting the results at the moment. Certainly, if we played how we have here we’ll be okay in the next game.”
Clyne himself had an early chance in the first half as he went agonisingly close to his second goal for the club, and had the effort gone in, it would have been just reward for the defender, who continues to excel in his favoured right back position.
“I’d like to see my chance again to correct myself on where I went wrong because as soon as I took the shot I thought it had gone in,” he said. “Sadly it brushed past the post instead.
“I do feel as though I’m playing very well. I’m a fit lad, so I just keep on going really. I’m enjoying my football and I’m happy to be here really.
“He (Pochettino) gives me the licence to go forward to help out in attack as well as in defence which is what I like to do so I credit him for it.”
The team travel up to Sunderland next Sunday for their final away trip of the season, and Clyne acknowledged the importance of that fixture.
“It’s two teams in the bottom half of the table so we know we’ve got to go up there and get the points. We’ll work hard in training and show them what we can do.”