Mauricio Pochettino admits his side were the masters of their own downfall in today’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Saints roared into a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane by the half-hour mark, with Jay Rodriguez netting his 15th of the season before Adam Lallana doubled the lead.
But Spurs halved the deficit through Christian Eriksen shortly after Lallana’s goal, with the Dane levelling matters within a minute of the restart.
And, after Gylfi Sigurdsson won it deep into second-half injury time, visiting boss Pochettino cut a frustrated figure.
“I think it was a case that we lost the game more than Tottenham won the game,” he said.
“In the first half, we were dominating and went 2-0 up. I thought we were completely managing the game.
“The goal to make it 2-2 changed the game. We suffered after conceding that second goal and then the last goal made it very difficult.”
However, Pochettino stopped short of criticising his players after a match in which they ended with four teenagers on the pitch.
“Tottenham are a team that are equipped to challenge for the Premier League,” said the manager, “whereas here at Southampton we have young players and a long term project.
“Despite that I thought it was an even sided game, but overall we are disappointed with today's result.”