The teams above us up to third place - with the exception of Bolton who play Manchester City tonight - all lost apart from Charlton who shared the spoils with Fulham. It represented an opportunity to push on into the top six had the boys snatched the three points but it was not to be, with Nigel Quashie's 51st minute goal banking the reward for the home side.
"We are disappointed as we thought we should have got something out of the game having created a few chances," considered Michael afterwards. "We didn't play at all well in the first half, but still created a couple of opportunities and didn't put them away.
"Going one down early in the second half gave us a lot to do, I thought we played well but didn't do enough.
"The keeper played well, made a few good saves and made it hard for us. It wasn't to be."
A win would have made it a great week for the team, with Premiership points secured against Fulham and FA Cup progress made against Nottingham Forest. Michael insists defeat against Southampton does not put a major dent in the ambitions of the side.
"We're not getting too down, we're disappointed about the result, but we are still in a decent position. It was a chance missed, but hopefully there will be a few more chances to push up before the end of the season that we will take."
Michael Carrick admits there was great disappointment in the dressing room over a missed chance to make up some ground in the Barclays Premiership table following the single goal defeat to Southampton on Saturday.