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Disappointed Vestergaard reflects on cup exit

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Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is gutted after they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on a penalty shoot-out by Leicester City on Tuesday.

Vestergaard felt hard done by as Steven Davis’ 82nd-minute goal was disallowed through a VAR decision citing an alleged handball by Nathan Redmond, and they went on to lose 6-5 on penalties after Southampton had been in control for most the game.

“We’re all very disappointed,” Vestergaard told the club’s website.

“I think we put up a good performance, and to me, on the field, I had the feeling that we were the better team, or at least had the clearer chances.

“We should’ve converted and we did – unfortunately the VAR took that one back. I’m not so sure about that one.

“I think we played a very good game and we were stable defensively. When you defend well, it’s not just two or three guys, it’s a team effort.

“I think we were a really connected group out there and didn’t give up big areas of the pitch, especially not in the dangerous areas.

“We played with three or five at the back and I think it worked really well. I was happy to be in there and contributing as well.

“We were unlucky, I’d say, but there are a lot of positives to take and we need to build on these positives because we desperately need some results now.”