Maya Yoshida has called on Saints to regroup during the international break and bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Stoke in style against Newcastle in two weeks’ time.
The Japanese international defender’s first away Premier League goal since February 2014 – a sublime scissor-kick - gave the 2,064 travelling Southampton fans hope of at least a draw at the bet365 Stadium, only for Peter Crouch to tap in late on to seal the points for Stoke.
What counts now is the way Mauricio Pellegrino’s men respond against Newcastle in two weeks’ time at St.Mary’s.
“It’s disappointing to lose what was a very important game. The next step now is to make sure we return from the international break in good shape and bounce back with a home win.
"The fans got behind us and their support was fantastic; hopefully we can regroup and get a positive result from the Newcastle match.”
For Yoshida, while dominating for large periods of the encounter in the Potteries, a sloppy start to the game meant that Saints were facing an uphill battle throughout against a competitive Stoke side.
“We didn’t play well enough in the first half,” he added. “We afforded them too many opportunities on the counter-attack. Things improved after the break and we made more chances after equalising but we ultimately very unlucky to concede like that at the end.
“There were similarities here with the United game in the way that we controlled possession. That said, we know that we need to improve going forward and we conceded two goals today so there is work to be done at the back as well.
“Looking just at myself, my job is to help keep things tight at the other end. It is a shame that my goal didn’t lead to a win.”