Nathan Redmond felt Southampton did themselves proud on the day, but was ultimately disappointed with the defeat to Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.
Saints started on the front foot at Wembley only to fall 2-0 down in the first half to goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Jesse Lingard, but they got back to within one goal just before the break, which lifted the team.
After Manolo Gabbiadini drew Saints level again, it seemed as though Saints were on course for a dramatic turnaround, only for Ibrahimović to strike again in the dying stages of the game, much to Redmond’s frustration.
Asked to sum up his feelings, Redmond responded: “Heartbreaking for one.
“I thought we played terrific and I haven’t really got any other words to sum it up than it was just heartbreaking and it’s a shame for everyone.
“We fought the whole game,” he added. “We started well and there’s going to be times in the game where we’re not going to have the ball, but we felt comfortable as a team and we knew that we’d get chances, but we just didn’t put them away.”
Despite trailing at the interval, Gabbiadini’s first strike appeared to swing momentum back into Saints’ favour, but Redmond felt it was unfortunate that the team didn’t go on to complete their comeback.
“I think the manager was just going to tell us to stick in there anyway,” he said of Claude Puel’s half time message to the players.
“We’d scored a goal before that which was disallowed and it’s just disappointing to come away not having won the game.”