Southampton's Maya Yoshida has praised his side's second half display against Tottenham, but has rued the opening half which cost them in their 2-1 defeat.
The Saints visited White Hart Lane on Sunday knowing they were facing a side who were chasing a club-record 10 successive Premier League home win.
The south-coast club gave themselves a mountain to climb when they went into the break 2-0 down thanks to a Christian Eriksen strike and a Dele Alli penalty. Southampton's miserable first-half was compounded when they lost striker Manolo Gabbiadini to injury.
The second half was a different story, with James Ward-Prowse's strike seven minutes after the restart giving his side hope that they could salvage something from the game. However, they were unable to find another goal and Spurs held on for the three points.
Defender Yoshida felt that his side can take heart from their second-half display, but admitted the Saints' poor first-half is what cost them the game. He told The Southern Daily Echo (via Southampton's official website): "We showed a good comeback in the second half:
"In the first half they played much better. We should play like we did in the second half from the beginning.
"We still keep conceding a lot, so we have to stop this. They are a good team, but second half we played well."
The Japanese defender also said that his side must come back stronger after the international break in order to have a good end to the season.
He added: "Personally, I think we deserved more, but 2-1 is the reality. Now we break for the internationals, then we have many games in April, so we need to be ready for that."
Despite the defeat on Sunday, Southampton are in 10th position in the Premier League, three points behind Stoke and with two games in hand.