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Saints loss to Inter hard to take: Van Dijk

Inter Milan 1 Southampton 0

By Adam McKendry

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk described the loss to Inter Milan as "very tough" to take after last night's 1-0 reverse at the San Siro in the Europa League group clash.

Despite dominating the first half, and most of the second as well, the Saints couldn't find the back of the net, and were punished by an excellent strike from forward Antonio Candreva midway through the second period.

Even though the Italians had Marcello Brozovic sent off for a second bookable offence, the 10 men of Inter held out.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis came on from the bench for Claude Puel's side and was the closest to equalising for Southampton, however he saw his headed effort cleared off the line late in the game.

"It's very tough," Van Dijk said. "I think we were the team who deserved the most obviously and to concede a goal from their only chance was frustrating.

"We should have stopped the cross for their goal but there was a lot of movement.

"They dropped deeper and wanted to defend their 1-0 win and for us it was a case of getting the ball quick, find space and get some balls in the box.

"We looked dangerous but the game should have been won before that. There was only one team who deserved the win, but that is what happens if you don't score your chances."

The Dutchman lamented a glorious chance he missed himself, unable to prod a delightful cross past keeper Samir Handanovic.

However, the centre-back says there is no time for ruing their lack of goals in the San Siro, and they now must prepare for the challenge of going to Manchester City on Sunday.

"I had a big chance with my left foot and I was unlucky, but we should have already finished the game," Van Dijk admitted.

"Now we need to move on and be ready for Manchester City."

Southampton have four points from three games in the Europa League, two points behind Group K leaders Sparta Prague.

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