JWP - Better Team Lost
Midfielder James Ward-Prowse has reflected on Sunday's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and declared that in his opinion Southampton were the better side on the day.
Making the trip to White Hart Lane to face off against former gaffer Mauricio Pochettino's side, Southampton lost out two one on the day but with Ward-Prowse getting himself on the scoresheet in the second period, he felt we had at least deserved a draw from the encounter.
Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media following the game, our new England man explained.
'We`re disappointed not to get three points. I think we showed during the second half our capabilities and how we can play as a team, and we`re disappointed we couldn`t implement that from the start - we gave ourselves a lot to do - but I think we can take credit from the second half especially in the way we applied ourselves.'
With Tottenham making their characteristic tempoed start to the game, Ward-Prowse again spoke about how we needed to be better from the start as we had given ourselves a mountain to climb, but he more than felt positives could be taken from how we'd reacted to going two goals behind.
'We can`t use that as an excuse. We knew they were going to do that and we weren`t quite ready for it, so that`s no excuse. Going 2-0 down at Tottenham is very difficult and I think we did very well in the circumstances and should have taken more from the game. It`s always tough and it`s disappointing because on the day we were the better team, but we didn`t quite get that bit of luck we needed in front of goal. They were very clinical and took the lead.'
With him finding the net on the day following his call into the England squad, he was hoping to find himself on the scoresheet more often in the future.
'I think it comes with the role. You have to look to contribute in an attacking sense with assists and goals so that`s a responsibility I`m taking on my shoulders and looking to improve on all the time. It`s nice because you get further up the pitch and get more chances to score goals, but while it`s nice to score, it would be nicer to contribute towards some points for the team, but it`s one of those things today.'