Mauricio Pellegrino felt it was only a finishing touch that was missing from a dominant Southampton performance against Burnley at St Mary's.
In Nick Pope, Saints came up against a goalkeeper in inspired form who saved everything that came his way, while Sam Vokes arrived off the bench to score an 81st minute winner for a resilient visiting team.
Besides the absence of a clinical edge in front of goal, Pellegrino could not fault any other aspect of Saints’ display.
“It’s a really painful game because I think we were much better than them in all different aspects of the game – defensively, on set plays and with the ball,” he said.
“We had a number of possibilities to convert chances, but that was the only aspect in which they were better than us – they were clinical in converting the chance that they had.
“This is part of football. We have to live with this and learn for the future.
“It’s part of our job and our life. Sometimes you can be better than the opponent but still lose, like today.”