Oriol Romeu says there is plenty to be positive about after Southampton secured a top eight finish for a fourth successive season.
Saints fell to a 1-0 final day defeat against Stoke City after Peter Crouch’s header on the hour mark.
But despite the result, Romeu was quick to see the bigger picture of a season which has also included an EFL Cup final and a Europa League campaign.
“It was the first-half where we didn’t move the ball quick enough and we were sloppy.
“In the second-half we got better and created chances but sadly they scored first. We kept pushing and we had enough to get at least one goal.
“We have to be positive about the overall season because there have been some great moments. There are things to improve upon and get better though, of course.”
Romeu added: “To finish eighth just behind top clubs, it’s not an easy league and every game is very hard to get points.
“We need to be happy and to be positive. There are things to learn and things to improve upon and next year we want to make sure some things don’t happen again.”