James Ward-Prowse believes Southampton deserved more from their EFL Cup final defeat against Manchester United.
Despite Manolo Gabbiadini’s strikes either side of half time, Saints were sunk by a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic header at Wembley.
“It’s difficult to sum up,” started Ward-Prowse.
“I think for people who watched the game and for us as players, it wasn’t the result that the game deserved.
“I think we deserved to win. We outplayed them, our fans outsung them and we should have won the game.
“But we have to learn from this. This won’t be the last time as a club that we are going to be here at Wembley - this has given us an incentive to get back.”
Saints fought back from a two-goal disadvantage to level, after Gabbiadini netted a fine strike in the 49th minute.
Though Ward-Prowse admits that, having equalised, it was particularly difficult to then lose to an 87th minute winner.
“We came so close,” he continued.
“We got back into the game really well and showed our character, determination and everything we spoke about in the weeks leading up to this.
“That was helped massively by the fans. It gave us goose bumps just jogging out for the warm up and hearing them singing. We were gutted we couldn’t do it for them.”