Oriol Romeu has emphasised the importance of Southampton’s 3-2 win over West Ham United.
Charlie Austin’s late penalty ensured all three points at St Mary’s, and Romeu was impressed with the way in which Saints fought right until the end.
“Winning was crucial,” he started.
“Even more after the sending off and putting ourselves 2-0 up, but we struggling to control the game and find the third goal.
“They came back and put the chances they had away, so we had to react and put all our effort in right until the end.”
Manolo Gabbiadini and Dušan Tadić’s first half strikes gave Saints an early lead, though Javier Hernandez netted twice to bring West Ham level.
And although Romeu was disappointed to concede two, he was also pleased that Saints were able to find the net three times at St Mary’s.
“It’s what we wanted,” he continued.
“Creating chances is probably one of the most difficult things in football, but we have been able to do that recently.
“We haven’t been able to put those away but we did that today and scored three goals. Now we need to make sure we improve defensively before the next one.”