RALPH Hasenhuttl was left ruing a lack of attacking impact as Saints slipped out of the FA Cup with defeat to Leicester.

Kelechi Iheanacho's second-half strike proved to be enough for the Foxes to triumph 1-0 at Wembley, in the only shot on target from either side.

And Hasenhuttl says he could not fault his side's effort in the semi-final.

"We tried a lot and worked a lot," he said.

"Against the ball I think the performance was absolutely okay. We saw a tight game from both teams, working hard to not concede a goal, not really creating a lot of chances.

"Both sides were struggling a little bit with making this game a highlight. But we had some moments after a few good ball wins, especially in their half.

"We had a lot of ball wins in their half to be honest. We were really good working against the ball and played a very high line against (Jamie) Vardy and Iheanacho, which was a little bit risky, but I think it was good because we were good in the game.

"From these moments we didn’t take enough. I think we had a lot of dribbles on the back four, especially the first 60 minutes where we couldn’t make the final step, the final chance created so we ended up without having a shot on target. So not enough offensively."

Asked how much of a missed opportunity this game felt like for Saints, Hasenhuttl added: "We had the chance today. This was an opponent definitely there to beat and we couldn’t make it.

"This is a little bit disappointing, but I cannot say that we didn’t leave everything on the pitch today. It was especially against the ball hard work for us.

"But we did it in a good way. When you are 1-0 down in the last 20 minutes it is a little bit tactical and not really super creative. But we know that we have to do this better and this is the goal for the future, we have to try this again."