Claude Puel has defended Nathan Redmond after the converted striker failed to take a couple of chances in Saints' 1-0 win over Swansea.
Puel says the former Norwich winger's role as a striker is not under any threat despite his painful misses in Sunday's home win.
Redmond's finishing ability came under the spotlight when he blazed over after finding time and space in the box just before half time.
However, Puel stuck up for the Saints star and said: "It's a good thing he can have all these chances because it’s important for a striker to have chances. It’s very interesting for the squad.
"It was difficulties to score but next time he would be able to score two or three goals in the same game easier because he's a very good player with many possibilities.
"Now it’s just a question of time and experience and it's no problem.
"It's important he stays with a good attitude and to think for the next chances to finish."
Saints squandered several good chances before Charlie Austin netted the winner, but Puel felt his side should have been out of sight by then at St Mary's.
"It was difficult to not score today with all these chances," added Puel.
"Just to win 1-0 is the minimum because at the moment I think we can score three or four goals and to make the game easier with good chances. This was not possible and it was important to stay with the structure and the spirit and get this goal in the end."