Oriol Romeu was keen to highlight the positives from Southampton’s 4-2 defeat away to league leaders Chelsea.
The Spaniard levelled the scoring in the first half after Eden Hazard gave the hosts an early lead, though he believes Gary Cahill’s header minutes from the interval then really took the stuffing out of Saints.
“I think we had some good periods within the game, which were mainly during the first half,” explained Romeu.
“I think a fair result would have been 1-1 at half time, but we didn’t defend the free-kick well enough and went in 2-1 down.
“Those goals are sometimes more important than scoring in another part of the game because it gives confidence to come back in the second half with a better spirit to play again.”
Chelsea then extended their advantage in the second half thanks to a Diego Costa brace to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
And although Ryan Bertrand pulled one back for Saints late on, Romeu admitted that it was difficult to reflect upon the goals conceded after the break.
“It was hard to take the third and fourth goal,” he continued.
“But we cannot say anything bad to the team. The spirit was good and the mentality was the right one.
“It’s hard and sad not to win against top teams, but we want to learn and end up winning these kind of games.”