It was not the start Roy Hodgson would have wanted to his tenure as Crystal Palace boss, after taking over the side this week following the departure of Frank de Boer. They had 11 shots in all, just four of them on target, and some fans frustrations spilled over before full-time.
Then, much like now, Hodgson had a reputation to rebuild after lasting only six months as the Liverpool manager.
Reuben Loftus-Cheek was Palace's outstanding player, and looked the Palace player most likely to score.
After just one goal from open play so far this season, Southampton finally secured all three points after three games in all competitions without a win. We have to mould ourselves into a better football team. They did that but after about ten minutes, that game was again [going] for us. "When you are changing players, getting to know them and how they can respond in different situations", he added.
"On the psychological aspect, we have to make sure people don't dig themselves into a grave", Hodgson said.
There is a very real chance at Palace could lose each of the latter three, meaning Hodgson's managerial debut against The Saints on Saturday could take on real significance.
Palace have moved to beef up their backroom staff with the appointment of former Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid as a first-team coach.
"I didn't want to end it (my career) on a bad result but I think the 56 (England) games and the seven defeats is not so bad", he explained.
Palace have a very difficult run of games coming up but what Hodgson will do is get the team well organised and hard to beat, and build from there.
He is also the seventh manager of Crystal Palace in the past six years.
Roy Hodgson's reign as Palace manager got off to the worst possible start as his side went 1-0 down within 6 minutes of play.
This is his first coaching post since that humiliating loss but, speaking to Sky Sports earlier on Tuesday, Hodgson said there were no scars from his time with England.