Southampton Under-23s were not good enough around either box to beat Manchester City, according to Martin Hunter.
Saints took a two-goal lead in their final Premier League 2 match, but were eventually beaten by Man City who came from behind to win and seal a 2nd place finish in the table.
“Everyone is very disappointed,” explained Hunter.
“And a lot of the players, including myself, are also very angry. We were 2-0 up and then have conceded some very sloppy goals from some naïve defending.
“We were looking comfortable and then missed two good chances before they got their first goal. We keep saying how important the two penalty boxes are and we have been penalised today for some poor stuff around the box.”
Nathan Tella opened the scoring for Saints just before half time, as he dribbled from inside his own half and then fired low into the far corner.
And Hunter was pleased with the performance of his latest recruit.
“I thought he was terrific,” he continued.
“He showed lots of energy and grew into the game as it went on. He also scored a great solo goal to give us the lead.
“So we are delighted with him and delighted that he will continue to be a part of our progression.”