José Fonte felt Southampton needed to show more composure in the final third, as they were beaten 1-0 by league leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
The defender was disappointed not to make the most of a number of good positions, as Wes Morgan’s header won the game for the hosts to move them seven points clear at the top.
Fonte, who went close himself with a long-range effort in the first half, believed Saints could have created more, had they been more collected when going forward.
“We tried everything and at times, not in the best way. I think we needed to have more composure, more calmness and we would have created more chances and scored,” Fonte told reporters after the game.
“The penalty decision that didn’t go our way was decisive in my opinion but they had momentum. They had one chance in the first half that they scored.
“After that, they defended with everything they had and we didn’t break them down.
“It hurts because we were dominating and we were comfortable in the first 15 or 20 minutes when they started well.
“When you don’t have these kind of decisions go your way, you run the risk of what happened with the Morgan goal. We felt we were the better team and we should have won the game.”
As Saints pressed, Leicester created a couple of chances on the counter, with Fraser Forster having to produce an excellent save to stop Fonte from scoring an own-goal.
“Well done to Fraser. I tried to intercept but luckily Fraser was in a good position to save,” Fonte added.
“Fraser is a top goalkeeper and helps us win points. He works very hard to be at the top of his game.”