The Saints thought they had snatched a draw following Jack Stephens’ equaliser in added time at the end of the game before Kenneth Zohore struck with seconds remaining to steal all three points for the away side.
It was the second game in succession that Southampton have lost points after conceding deep into stoppage time; with Ashley Barnes’ 93rd-minute penalty for Burnley last weekend resulting in a 1-1 draw.
Hojbjerg said he was lost for words following the last-gasp defeat to Cardiff:
I’m speechless. I don’t quite know the words to put in. The only thing I can say that makes sense right now is that we, as a group, as a team and as a club, need these days to get together and analyse our small mistakes and details.
Then we’re going to improve, do better, work harder and come back as a stronger side. They [the coaches] prepared everything for us, we just had to put it into play. We did all right and in some parts of the game we created what we had to.You have to give credit to Cardiff for keeping believing, because in this case you have to believe until the end. We’re going to work on what we have to work on and come back stronger – that’s what this club is about, that’s what the players are about and that’s what the coaches are about.
Southampton face a testing trip to Arsenal in two weeks as they look to push their way out of the relegation zone after falling to 18th place in the Premier League.