José Fonte says his disappointment at not taking all three points away from Manchester City shows how far Southampton have come.
The defender felt Saints could have done more, as they held Pep Guardiola’s side to a 1-1 draw at Etihad Stadium, with Nathan Redmond’s goal cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho's close-range finish.
Fonte was frustrated with the way in which Saints conceded, but was happy to extend the unbeaten run in league matches to five games.
“Obviously it’s the first time in a few years that we have managed to get something from this game here,” Fonte said.
“We’re a little bit disappointed with how we conceded. We knew they would have more ball than us and that we would maybe suffer a little bit.
“We looked dangerous on the counter attack, a threat, but we’re disappointed to concede the goal. It’s a point gained, though.
“We’re not happy with how we were in possession, I think we can do better. But credit to Manchester City, they press well.
“We need to improve on that aspect. Defensively we were quite comfortable, but the other side we need to improve.”
Fonte’s disappointment further highlights the journey Saints have been on in recent years, and the defender feels the club is now in a position to be winning these matches.
“For three or four years we’ve felt like this. We can’t go back to where we were,” he added.
“We are a top club in England now. The standards have to be high. For us, we’re a little bit disappointed not to win, for sure.”