Filip Djuričić was disappointed his first Premier League start did not end in success, as Saints lost 2-0 to Liverpool on Sunday.
The Serbian international came into Ronald Koeman’s side for the visit of the Reds, and was in the thick of the action from the off, twice having penalty appeals turned away.
Goals from Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling handed the visitors all three points, but Djuričić felt Saints deserved more for their efforts.
“We were the better team,” the winger told Southampton’s official YouTube channel. “In the end we lost a very important three points for us.
“But still, the team played very well first half and that gives us the hope that we can reach our goal by the end of the season.
“The first penalty there was contact but in the end the referee didn’t take action. I think the second one was more of a penalty, but that’s football.
“It’s difficult, especially when you concede a goal, a really good goal, so fast. We gave our best. Maybe we should have been more direct in our offensive line but we didn’t have the luck to take the points.
“We were the better team and had the ball more of the time. In football at the end the result counts. We should now turn to our next game against West Brom.
“They played with five behind and defended very well. We did everything we could but the result wasn’t on our side. If one of the decisions came in, we could be looking at a totally different game.
“They had more luck and that decided the game.”
The disappointment of the result overshadowed Djuričić’s first Premier League start, but the Serbian says that there is more to come from him between now and the end of the season.
He also feels that Saints have enough quality to keep pushing for the final 12 games of the campaign.
“I was really happy to start, especially against Liverpool,” he added. “I’m really disappointed that we lost, but that’s football. I’m always giving my best and I will prepare for the next game.
“First half I played without problems but second half I got a little bit tired but it’s normal. I hope, game by game, I will come back into shape.
“This is a really tough league, every game is important. For us, every game is like a final. There’s a lot of quality in other teams, but I think we didn’t lose the chance today.
“We have a lot of games to play and that’s important. We believe in the quality, we believe in ourselves and we believe we can win the next couple of games.”