Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Southampton were below-par in their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
The Saints enjoyed a bright spell in the opening minutes of the game but a few lapses gave way to the two goals that laid the platform for a Gunners victory at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal secured the win thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan within the opening 20 minutes
However, the Austrian gaffer hailed an improved second-half performance that provided some respite ahead of their Wednesday night clash with Fulham at St Mary’s.
“(Redmond’s chance) was a key moment,” Hasenhüttl told the club website. “We knew exactly what we wanted to do at the start of the game and get in behind on the first long ball.
“It was a good chance and then we gave the ball away on the counter-attack too easily. Against a team like Arsenal when you go 2-0 down after 20 minutes, their confidence is up and it is very difficult.
“You know then that you have to score at least twice and they have won all of their last six games here against very good opposition.”
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A change of shape – which saw Charlie Austin and Michael Obafemi take the places of Jack Stephens and Stuart Armstrong – paved the way for a more accomplished showing after the break.
“What we tried at half time was to change the system and our shape and show that we are brave and want to come back into the game by taking more risks and pressing earlier.
“It worked okay, we still gave chances away but made some more for ourselves. Ultimately, Arsenal deserved to win, they were the better team.”