Callum Slattery felt Southampton Under-23s created enough opportunities to take at least a point from their Premier League Cup tie with Swansea City.
Saints fell to a 1-0 defeat at Staplewood Campus, as the visitors remained resolute to maintain their advantage after Alfie Jones diverted a first-half strike into his own net.
“We are disappointed with the result,” explained Slattery.
“We don’t feel like it reflected the game, really. We got off to a good start and had them on the back foot, but then conceded a deflected goal early on.
“It’s gutting to take, especially to lose to an early goal like that. But we kept at them the whole game and we know we should’ve taken much more from it.”
Tyreke Johnson came closest to a second-half equaliser for Saints, as he thumped Josh Sims’ low cross against the woodwork just before the hour mark.
The Swans then shut up shop for the closing stages of the encounter, but Slattery believes Saints still should have been able to find a way through.
“Sometimes that’s the way it is in football,” he continued.
“But I think, tonight, we could have been much more clinical in the middle and attacking thirds. We created some chances that we should have scored.
“They sat very deep and made it hard for us, but that’s going to happen in games - we need to learn to find solutions to get around that and break teams down.”