Maya Yoshida believes Southampton lacked aggression during their goalless draw at home to AFC Bournemouth.
Saints were unable to find a way through against the Cherries, despite Dušan Tadić striking the post and Jay Rodriguez having his first-half strike ruled out.
“We need to be a little bit more aggressive,” explained Yoshida.
“We were well organised defensively today and happy, as a defence, to get the clean sheet. But, if I am honest, today was a bit lucky.
“We can take confidence from the clean sheet because it was one that we needed, and hopefully that will help us to go forward now and progress.”
Claude Puel’s men will be straight back into Premier League action on Wednesday night, when they welcome Crystal Palace to St Mary’s.
And Yoshida is well aware, given Palace’s recent win over Chelsea, what a threat the south London club will be.
“There are many games coming now,” he continued.
“So we have to be fresh and work on the recovery so that we can come back on Wednesday night against Crystal Palace.
“They played well today and beat Chelsea, so we will have to be ready for them. They have a good squad with a number of quality players, so we know it will be tough.”