SAINTS boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt his team paid the price for a sloppy start against Cherries.

The hosts were trailing 2-0 at the interval at St Mary’s thanks to goals from Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson.

And despite James Ward-Prowse pulling back one goal from the penalty spot, Callum Wilson netted a third for Eddie Howe’s men to record a historic 3-1 success.

Hasenhuttl said: "I think we lost this game in the first half with a not really good performance.

"We didn't play as committed and as stabilised as we have been the last games. If you are two down, it's always difficult to come back.

"We had the chances in the second half to turn the table, we invested a lot but when you miss these chances you don't get anything."

Asked if the loss was more painful because Southampton had never previously been beaten at home by Cherries, he replied: "Every defeat hurts.

"I cannot have a level from one to 10 how much. It's like a 10 for me in the moment. I cannot say it is more or less because it is the first time they win here.

"It was deserved because they scored three times and they were very clinical and we weren't.

"We were maybe in every stat ahead of them but not in the most important one."