Claude Puel felt his side were deserving of something after they saw their valiant response fall short, in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Goals from Christian Eriksen and a Dele Alli penalty saw the hosts go into the break with a lead.
Saints rallied in the second-half when James Ward-Prowse pulled one back from a low Ryan Betrand cross, but despite another performance with character in abundance it wasn’t quite enough.
Puel reflected: “I think it was a good performance without a good result. It was a strange first-half because we have taken two goals without pressure from the opponent.
“It was difficult at half-time to come back into the dressing room having let in two goals.
“The second goal, the penalty is difficult to accept because we could not make the change of Shane with the injury to Gabbiadini.
“If the referee gives this penalty then he can do the same at the other end with Dušan Tadić.
“That was important and could have made a difference because I think both teams played at a good level. For me, a draw would have been normal.”