MANAGER Russell Martin was pleased with Saints’ dominant 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Saturday but said they “should have scored more goals”.
Captain Adam Armstrong scored two quick goals to give Southampton the lead inside 15 minutes at St Mary’s.
The hosts continued to dominate possession before Karlan Grant missed a crucial chance to reduce the deficit before the break.
Martin was disappointed with the way his side, now on an 11-game unbeaten run, invited Cardiff back into the match late in the first half.
He said: “I’m very happy. I thought we were good today. We started the match so well. At half-time I got a little angry with the guys because the final phase of the first half had not yet arrived.
“The energy has dropped. We gave Cardiff some time but we shouldn’t have done that. I told them, ‘They come out at half-time and think they have an opportunity.’
“It would improve their mood in the first half. We had to get back on our feet with the energy and runs we gave up in the first half.”
Southampton returned to their dominance after the break and should have extended their lead as numerous chances were missed.
Che Adams put the ball into the net before Joe Aribo hit the post soon after coming on but the offside flag was raised.
Substitute Ryan Fraser also came close on several occasions as Saints missed an elusive third goal to secure a dominant victory.
“We should have scored more goals, that was the only disappointment. I thought the guys were incredible in the second half,” Martin continued.
“I watched what they did with such pride and gratitude. It was a long week to produce this level of play in the second half. I spoke to their manager and said that he has made the team much better than the last two years.
“It was our third game in a week and against a team that was probably a bit unlucky with their results.
“It was not the intention (to score a third goal). Ryan Fraser left the field frustrated at not being able to score. It is no coincidence that the odds are stacked in his favor as he tirelessly runs towards his goal.
“Submarines had a big impact. Joe Aribo was great. He was upset that he couldn’t be there, but he made a great impression and put himself in a good position. They have to push each other and influence the game with goals and assists.”
Author: George Rees-Julian
Source: Daily Echo