SCOTT Flinders refused to take any solace from his own outstanding display during the 2-0 defeat at Southampton.
The 24-year-old pulled off a string of top-drawer saves with the game still goalless but was helpless to prevent either Rickie Lambert’s 49th-minute penalty, after Sam Collins had been sent off for a professional foul, or Jose Fonte’s late header.
And Flinders told SportMail: “I was pleased with my own performance but I was just doing my job really and we were all pretty disappointed afterwards.
“We were brilliant in the first half and defended well, even if we did ride our luck at times, but you’ve got to do that against top teams.
“Mick said at half-time ‘keep doing what you are and we could nick it near the end’.
“Then the penalty incident happens almost straight away and it changes the game.
“I’m not sure about the penalty though - it was just two players coming together really.
“Sam apologised in the dressing room but there was no need for that – he’s been brilliant all season.”
He added: “We seem to play better against the better sides and this was the same.
“We matched them for most of the game and we can be proud of the performance.
“With a little bit more luck I think we would have left with a result, we certainly deserved it.”
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