Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl cut a satisfied figure when stating “on every issue we had an answer” regarding their emphatic 3-0 victory over struggling Sheffield United.
The Southampton victory, although perhaps only temporarily, lifted them to third in a tightly-packed table.
Saints boss Hasenhuttl was pleased with his side’s performance and admitted he felt emotional to have fans back in the ground.
The Austrian told Sky Sports: “We had not one shot from the opponent on our goal so we were definitely in a very good shape. On every issue we had an answer.
“We made really good decisions with and without the ball. When they kicked long, we put it good on the ground and were calm in possession.
“It’s wonderful in front of our fans. I was definitely having a few tears in my eyes.
“It’s different to win in front of them, even if only 2,000. You could feel how much they enjoyed watching us.
“That was a perfect Sunday. It was fantastic.”
Saints not getting ahead of themselves
Goalscorer Nathan Redmond insisted his side will continue to take things “game by game” despite their impressive start to the season.
He told Sky Sports: “It has been a weird year. We’ve had a quick turnaround from last season with only two weeks break.
“It’s expected there are going to be a few bumps in the league table but we can only concentrate on what we’re doing, trying to perform well in each and every game and win as much as often.”
Regarding the struggles experienced by their so far winless opponents, Redmond said: “Most teams are hard to beat and we can be like that on our day. I’ve been in their position before, fighting at the bottom of the league, it is never nice.
“So we knew they were going to be a tough challenge today and they were. We can only take things game by game.
“Especially during Christmas, when there is game upon game, it is important to put in solid performances whether it be scoring three goals like today or maybe just getting a 1-0 win.”