Hull City boss Steve Bruce feels that Southampton fully deserved their 1-0 victory over his side at the KC Stadium.
Hull were outplayed by Southampton for large portions of the match, with the visitors rarely looking troubled by the home side.
And Bruce feels that despite holding Saints at bay until Jose Fonte's 69th-minute winner, his side didn't do enough in the final third to warrant taking anything from the encounter.
"We have to say that Southampton are a very good side and have some very good individuals," Bruce said.
"But we didn't reach the levels we have recently.
"We pride ourselves on being difficult to beat, and you certainly can't fault the effort of our players.
"But we caused them hardly any threat and surrendered possession far too easily in my opinion.
"For me the better team won on the night."
After a worrying injury to Paul McShane early on, Bruce was forced into several tactical changes, one that the Tigers' boss was left to rue.
McShane was carried from the field in the first half with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, although Bruce revealed there was no break.
"We never really recovered from having to make those early changes," Bruce added.
"But we hope for Paul's sake it is not too bad.
"The X-rays are clear but we are waiting to see if there is any ligament damage."