Ronald Koeman spoke of his pride after Saints recorded a fourth successive victory – and their second away win in four days – by beating Hull City this afternoon.
Victor Wanyama’s incredible 40-yard strike after just two minutes was the difference between the two teams at the KC Stadium as Koeman’s men perfectly followed up Wednesday’s Capital One Cup win over Stoke.
And the manager hailed his players’ attitude after the game, saying he was particularly pleased with their second-half showing.
Koeman told the club’s official YouTube channel: “In the 20 minutes after we went 1-0 up, I think we didn’t play well and we looked a little sloppy, but I think the second half was fantastic.
“We were in total control of the game and we created opportunities to score the second when they didn’t create anything. It was a great team performance.
“It’s always difficult to play two times in three days – it’s been a long week,” he continued.
“It was a very physical game on Wednesday, and maybe that was the reason that we were a little bit sloppy in the beginning.
“But the lads had a great attitude when we spoke at half-time, and they showed how good we can be in the second half.
“I’m proud of the team and, again, proud of our fans today. If we keep this spirit in the team, this can be a fantastic season.”
Koeman had special praise for goalscorer Wanyama, whose incredible early strike – his third of the season – was the highlight of a superb personal performance.
“It was an amazing goal,” said the coach. “It’s not the type you can watch every weekend, because it was from around 50 meters.
“He saw the goalkeeper out of the box and the touch of the ball was incredible. A great goal.
“I think he deserved that goal because, in my opinion, he was very good today.”
After spending the past five days away from Southampton, Koeman says he will now give the squad two days off as attentions turn to next Saturday’s home game against Leicester City.
But, even with the side now having won all but one of their last 11 games, the manager insisted nobody will be getting carried away.
“The best thing we can do now is to keep working,” he affirmed. “We mustn’t think that we are good – no, no. Football is a strange sport, and you start every game on zero.
“The best way to be successful is to go from game to game, and I think that’s one of the big qualities of these boys.”