Fraser Forster says the 2-0 win against Arsenal at St Mary’s on New Year’s Day was a fantastic way for Saints to kick off the year.
Goals from Sadio Mané and Dušan Tadić sealed a convincing win against Arsene Wenger’s side, as Saints continued their push for a top-four place in the Premier League.
Ronald Koeman’s men had a number of chances to further extend their lead after Tadić’s goal, but goalkeeper Forster was more than happy with the scoreline, and the three points against the Gunners.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game obviously after Chelsea,” he told reporters after the match, “but it was a fantastic performance from the lads. We worked really hard and it paid off.
“We’ve had some great chances to make it more comfortable for ourselves, but to win two-nil at home against Arsenal is a fantastic start to 2015.
“There’s so much quality upfront, we’re always going to create chances. On another day we might have taken a couple of them, but we won’t be greedy, it’s a fantastic team performance and one we’re very proud of.”
Forster had to make two excellent saves after Tadić had doubled Saints’ advantage, but he was quick to pass praise onto the rest of the team as they helped him keep his ninth Premier League clean sheet of the season so far.
He added: “We work hard as a team out of possession and make it really hard for opposing teams. The back four have been tremendous all season and really limited the chances for other teams with fantastic tackles and blocks.
“Everyone did their bit for the cause against Arsenal. It was nice to make the saves, I was just doing my bit for the team. On another day they might have gone in, but it’s just a great way to kick off the New Year.”
The win moved Saints closer to Manchester United in third, with 36 points from 20 Premier League games so far, but Forster was keen to reiterate that the team will just continue to take it game by game.
“We’re going a game at a time, we’re not looking too far ahead,” he said. “We’re working as hard as we can, going game by game and we’ll see where we are at after 38 games.”