However, just when it seemed the visitors were threatening a winner Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas all scored in the last 17 minutes to make the scoreline look somewhat harsh on the Cottagers.
"I do think it didn't reflect the actual game," said Meulensteen.
"I thought we came back really strongly in the second half, changed a few things, put them under pressure, and that resulted in a few early chances.
"We got the equaliser and then conceded too soon after. That took the wind out of our sails.
"The 3-1 settled the game from that corner. We spoke about it, to concede another for 4-1, it didn't reflect the game."