Højbjerg: We had opportunities

By SFC Media Sat 14 Jan Burnley vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg felt it was a frustrating game after Southampton suffered a 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.

Saints controlled much of the contest in Lancashire, but were ultimately defeated by a second-half free-kick from Clarets substitute Joey Barton, which resulted in a fourth consecutive Premier League loss for the visitors.

Højbjerg, who completed the full game in midfield, said Saints had the opportunity to win the game in the first half alone, as he cut a disappointed figure after the match.

“I think we had the opportunities to be many goals ahead, but it didn’t happen,” he said.

“Burnley scored a free-kick which maybe could have been avoided and you always get frustrated when a situation like that happens, but this is football and after that we also needed to stay calm and straight to keep on playing. I don’t know if we did that, but all in all, we did have opportunities, and maybe first half we should have scored one or two goals.

“With the quality that we have in the team and that I also demand from us all, then opportunities like that need to be a goal.

“It didn’t happen, and we had to keep going and I think we did that, but Burnley second half were even more aggressive and even more direct, even if it is more difficult to believe that.”

Saints had two late chances in the game to rescue a point, which were well-saved by Clarets ‘keeper Tom Heaton, and added to a disappointing day all round.

“We have quality,” Højbjerg insisted.” We have a good team with high quality and we have to keep on feeding the goal scorers, and today we didn’t score, it’s not their fault that we lose 1-0 because we had the opportunities, not at all, but as I said, we could have been in front and could have killed the game already in the first half.

“Like it is in England, with the second balls and a lot of 50-50 balls it’s about that when it comes to the long ball with pressure and we could have done better, I believe that, but what can I say? We lost 1-0 here and we had opportunities, but nobody wants to hear that when you lose 1-0 in Burnley – you’re not happy.”

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