Tim Ream spoke of his disappointment to be knocked out of the FA Cup in the Third Round against Southampton but ultimately he was pleased the Whites gave a good account of themselves.
A goal from James Ward-Prowse in the first-half proved to be the winner for Southampton as they saw out a 1-0 victory at Craven Cottage on Saturday.Late chances for Lucas Piazon, Denis Odoi and Oliver Norwood failed to be converted while for Southampton, Jack Stephens’ header hit the cross-bar midway through the second-half.
“We spoke after and we thought we played a fairly good match,” said Ream. “There were a couple of half-chances and a couple of full-chances that we maybe could’ve done better with, but overall we are not disappointed by any means, we are disappointed to lose obviously, but not disappointed with the performance.”
The Saints took their goal in the 29th minute after the Whites failed to deal with a long ball from Maya Yoshida and Sofiane Boufal got a foot on it before Ward-Powse’s low drive.
Ream said: “Their goal comes from a ball that kind of pinballs around some shins and happens to fall perfectly for them and they finish it off.
“For us in the second-half when their ‘keeper comes out and spills the ball and Denis hit one over and with Lucas Piazon the ball was just out of his reach.
“That’s the difference and those are the small margins and unfortunately they didn’t fall our way.
“Obviously we are frustrated and not pleased to be dropping out of the competition, that’s the way the game goes, sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you don’t.
“We didn’t do enough to put the ball in the back of the net and when you do that you don’t win games and move on.”
Speaking on the calibre of opposition, Ream was very respectful of the Premier League side but admits that the Whites by no means embarrassed themselves.
“They had quality all over the pitch and they can bring quality on the pitch from the bench so obviously they are a good side and showed it with bits and pieces.
“It was important to us and we put out a very strong team and we wanted to give some guys minutes who will want to contribute in the league.
“Anyone can step in and the level doesn’t drop, we showed that, we did some really good things and played some really good football.
“We did take it very seriously and wanted to win the match and towards the end there we were pushing to get the equaliser and at least get a tie out of it but now we switch our focus on the league and hopefully get promoted,” said Ream.