Ward-Prowse: We were the better team

By SFC Media Sun 19 Mar Spurs vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse felt Southampton deserved more for their efforts following their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

Saints put in a spirited showing despite falling 2-0 down in the first half at White Hart Lane, before Ward-Prowse’s early second half effort gave them something to build from.

Having also lost Manolo Gabbiadini to injury and having a good shout for a penalty go unnoticed, it was doubly frustrating for Claude Puel’s men, who saw the defeat end a run of back-to-back victories away from home.

“We’re disappointed not to get three points,” said Ward-Prowse.

“I think we showed during the second half our capabilities and how we can play as a team, and we’re disappointed we couldn’t implement that from the start – we gave ourselves a lot to do – but I think we can take credit from the second half especially in the way we applied ourselves.”

Spurs made their characteristic high tempo start to the game before establishing their lead, and Ward-Prowse was disappointed to see that happen.

“We can’t use that as an excuse,” he reasoned. “We knew they were going to do that and we weren’t quite ready for it, so that’s no excuse.

“Going 2-0 down at Tottenham is very difficult and I think we did very well in the circumstances and should have taken more from the game.

“It’s always tough and it’s disappointing because on the day we were the better team, but we didn’t quite get that bit of luck we needed in front of goal. They were very clinical and took the lead.”

Ward-Prowse’s goal gave Saints hope in the match, and the midfielder, who was called up to the senior England squad for the first time this week was pleased to contribute in front of goal as a result of the recent change in system.

“I think it comes with the role,” he explained. “You have to look to contribute in an attacking sense with assists and goals so that’s a responsibility I’m taking on my shoulders and looking to improve on all the time.

“It’s nice because you get further up the pitch and get more chances to score goals, but while it’s nice to score, it would be nicer to contribute towards some points for the team, but it’s one of those things today.”

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