Jack Stephens knows that Southampton cannot afford to dwell upon their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City for too long.
Goals from Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sané and Sergio Agüero ensured Claude Puel’s men suffered their first defeat in three games in the Premier League.
“We’ve had a good run and some good results recently,” started Stephens.
“And that’s what makes today that little bit harder to take, because we really felt we could take something out of the game.
“We probably didn’t play as well as we have done over the past few weeks, so it’s difficult to take but we have to move on to Chelsea now.”
Stephens played 90 minutes alongside Maya Yoshida in the heart of the Saints defence at St Mary’s.
And despite the disappointing result against City, he admitted to being pleased with the way in which his partnership with Yoshida has developed in recent weeks.
“You can see that Maya and I have become stronger together,” he continued.
“I think that just comes with playing with each other regularly, and hopefully we can carry that on and finish the season strongly.
“Chelsea is up next and we want to get a result. It’s not going to be easy because none of these games are but we need to go into it with the right attitude.”