Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl expressed pride in his players after the 3-2 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League at an electric St Mary’s.
In Hasenhüttl’s first home game in charge, two goals from Danny Ings and a late Charlie Austin were enough for all three points as Saints ended the visitors 22-game unbeaten run in style.
And the Austrian felt his side were worthy winners after a week of meticulous preparation and hard work on the training pitch.
“Absolutely proud. I’m enjoying every moment today, it was fantastic game we played and the crowd was amazing,” Hasenhüttl said.
“The moment when we scored to make it 3-2 was unbelievable and I thought the roof was going to go away from the stadium!
“I think we deserved to win today. We invested so much and had very good commitment against the ball and a lot of chances, more than Arsenal I think in the game.”
Reflecting on amazing home atmosphere, he added: “You could feel that the kind of football we want to play, they appreciated it and felt that the team were doing everything to make a win happen.
“I think they are going home today and have hope that we can get out of this situation we have been in during recent weeks.
“It’s a first step, a big first step but no more. We have to improve and we will do. Next week we will start again to focus on our work, our habits and automatism.
“When we face Huddersfield next weekend it will be another tough game but we’re looking forward to it.”