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Romeu reflects on ‘hard’ Cardiff defeat

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Oriol Romeu says Southampton’s loss at Cardiff City was difficult and insists the team has a lot to learn from new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

The Saints fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, thanks to Callum Paterson’s second-half strike, and Romeu was left gutted by the result but believes that Hasenhüttl can still turn things around.

“It is hard. We knew that they were looking for those counter-attacks and to run as soon as they recovered,” Romeu told the club’s website.

“We lost one ball in the middle, we tried to stop them from running but they still did it and scored.

“That’s something we need to learn because if we want to play forward and high up the pitch we cannot let these teams go away that easily.

“We tried to go and react but this team knows how to manage the games when they are leading so it didn’t come. The way we competed and the way we fought today was good.

“They have now made that gap a little bit bigger which is a negative thing for us, but on the other side we have a new manager and we’ve only been working with him for two days.

“Looking at the fixtures, we now have many days to prepare for the next match [against Arsenal], more days to work with this manager and learn from him.”