'Same old story'

Southampton manager Russell Martin after the defeat at Ipswich
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Former Southampton forward Jo Tessem believes the failure to kill of Ipswich in Monday's defeat at Portman Road is symptomatic of Saints' season so far.

Russell Martin's side came from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 at half-time but - after missing key chances to make the game safe - were pegged back after the break and eventually lost to a dramatic Jeremy Sarmiento winner in the final seconds of injury-time.

The defeat could be the final blow to Southampton's slim hopes of automatic promotion as they slipped to 12 points behind Leeds in second - albeit with two games in hand over the Whites.

"Same old story, it's becoming a little bit boring and a little bit easy to criticise for people," Tessem told the Goin' Home With Adam and Jo podcast.

"I agree with Russell Martin, we played good football, it was forward playing football which we want to see but it's the moments in games where we need to be better.

"Defensively, offensively and certain stages of what goes on and we're not yet there.

"It shows again that you don't need to dominate possession to win football matches.

"We were very direct in the first half, playing forward and that's good football but then when the moments come you have to kill the game off. It's there and you have to take them.

"I'd rather we play this kind of football, if we played this way all through the season I don't think we'd have lost the four in a row. That's the problem. Against Ipswich we played a brilliant football game but we lost because we didn't take our chances and there were moments in the game we should have been better. If you lose these kind of games you can hold your hands up and say 'we played the right football'.

"Ipswich were very clever tactically, they were smart, waited, rode their luck a little bit and then used their left side where they have a very offensive left-back who won the game for them.

"Then we have to criticise Gavin Bazunu a little bit. A top top keeper will keep you in the game on the last two goals."

Listen to the full episode on BBC Sounds