Davis: We won't blame our £12m star for defeat against Spurs

Southampton star Steven Davis says that they won't blame Saido Mane for his miss against Tottenham Hostpur at the weekend.

Steven Davis insists that Southampton won't blame Saido Mane for their defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Saints went down 1-0 to Spurs, thanks to a goal from Christian Eriksen, but things could have been very different if Mane had shown greater composure in-front of goal in the second-half.

The £12 million summer signing from Red Bull Salzburg missed a sitter which would have brought his side level in the match late-on, but he has been supported by his teammates today.

Mane may have missed that opening at the weekend, but he has still made a promising start to life in England and Davis insists that nobody is blaming him for the defeat.

"It was good to see Sadio get into that position," he said to Southampton's official site. "We’re not going to criticise him, he knows he would have liked to put it away.

“It always seemed like it was one of those games that was going to be won by the odd goal. We had the opportunities but we’ll move on from this one and go again.”

Despite the defeat, Southampton have still made a bright start to their campaign.

The Saints have moved into the upper echelons of the table after a succession of victories and their performances have been very encouraging.

As a result, this latest defeat cannot be too worrying and, given the match could have gone either way, Davis admitted that he couldn't be too down about the result.

"We had a couple of chances towards the end that we maybe should have done better with, but we know Tottenham are a good side and can cause you problems.

“I think we’re disappointed to come away with nothing from the game, especially as we did have those decent opportunities that we maybe should have done better with.

“We kept trying to play the right way with the philosophy the club has got, even though we were a goal down.

“As I say, we’re disappointed to see the run come to an end but we’ll go away on the international break, come back and look to bounce back straight away.”

Southampton's next game comes after the international break when they take on Sunderland. 

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