Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has admitted his frustrations with Saturday’s loss to Burnley but insists the squad can move on quickly with fixtures coming thick and fast.
The Saints made an incredible start to the season under new boss Ronald Koeman but have recently run in to trouble after coming up against some of the title contenders.
Losses to Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United prior to Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor have seen the south coast club slip out of the top four.
Ward-Prowse insists that the squad felt the meeting with Burnley was a real opportunity to get back to winning ways and remaining competitive in the race for Europe.
However, they struggled to create chances in Lancashire and were left licking their wounds after Ashley Barnes’ strike separated to the two teams at the full-time whistle.
Southampton’s best opportunity came from the penalty spot but Dusan Tadic saw his effort saved by Tom Heaton.
Koeman’s side will host Everton next and Ward-Prowse believes that with a busy schedule of fixtures on the horizon, it hands the Saints – who are priced at 5.50 to win the Capital One Cup – a chance to make up for their mistakes.
Ward-Prowse said: “We saw this as a real winnable game for us and a game to get back on track with, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that today. The beauty of the Christmas period is that there’s another game around the corner to go again and get back from today which is what we’re looking to do.”