James Ward-Prowse says Southampton can’t afford to keep conceding goals after scoring first in games, following their 3-1 setback against West Ham at St Mary’s.
Saints took the lead through Manolo Gabbiadini’s debut strike with 12 minutes on the clock, but less than five minutes later, the Hammers were level before going on to take a 2-1 lead by half-time.
Those efforts put Saints on the backfoot and they were given a mountain to climb when the visitors made it 3-1 before the hour.
Ward-Prowse was frustrated by the timing of the goals against Saints, and feels that the team needs to do more to eradicate those mistakes.
“We are disappointed with the result,” he said.
“I think we started the game very well, I think we were very bright and on the front foot, aggressive and positive, but I think what’s been a bit of our downfall lately is that we’ve conceded goals straight after scoring them.
“That’s something we need to rectify as that’s a vulnerable time for any team after they’ve scored to concede, and we need to make sure we put that right.
“It (their equaliser) disrupts our flow a little bit, but that’s happened a few times this season and that can’t happen anymore. We need to make sure that we’re solid and see that little period through and make sure we get the second and the third to see it through.”
Gabbiadini’s strike put Saints in front with a well-taken debut goal, and Ward-Prowse was pleased for the Italian.
“All the lads are buzzing for him,” said the midfielder.
“He’s come in and settled in very well and you could see how much it meant to him today to score a goal and hopefully that could be a good stepping stone and a foundation for him to move on and score more goals for us.”
Ultimately though, Saints must now reflect on another defeat, which they have a week to prepare to put right at Sunderland.
“I think we came out in the second half and looked positive,” said Ward-Prowse. “We were on the front foot as well and created a few chances. It’s (the third) a tough goal to concede at that time of the game. I think the lads who came on made a good impact, but we have to stick together now.”