Fourth-placed Southampton were forced to settle for a draw at the John Smith’s Stadium as Ben Jackson’s late strike earned Darren Moore’s Huddersfield Town team a deserved point.
Southampton boss Russell Martin said his team were “frustrated and angry” at their failure to hold on for victory over battling Huddersfield. The visitors dominated the first half with 82 percent possession but only broke the deadlock just before the interval through Adam Armstrong.
A rejuvenated Town took the second half by storm and Ben Jackson’s 87th-minute equaliser earned them a point.
Martin said his team’s “mentality” cost them. “Nowhere near enough energy and intensity. We looked tired towards the end, but there’s no excuse, we should win the game,” said Martin, who watched on from the stands.
“The goal was coming, we just didn’t make enough of our moments in front of the goal, so it’s frustrating, an opportunity missed.
“The game was there for us. We had some brilliant moves in the first half and then we allowed the momentum to shift and the atmosphere to change.
“We became less brave. We were forcing things too much when we didn’t need to because the game was coming to us.
“Our mentality has cost us two points. We need to put that right on Wednesday. I’m annoyed we lost (two points) and so are the players, they’re frustrated and angry.”
Martin praised talisman Armstrong, who moved into double figures for goals this season. “Adam was great, he was one of the ones who played with aggression and intensity. He just needs to keep it going, he’s a fantastic player.
“I want to be higher in the league. I want to have more points, but with what we’re building I can’t ask for any more. I’m angry and upset about the game but grateful for our season so far.
“I am really satisfied with the players who are doing what we ask them to do the majority of the time. Days like today are part of the journey, but I’m enjoying it and I’m excited about the future.”