Dušan Tadić hailed Southampton’s character after they booked a spot in the quarter final of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Tadić added to Wesley Hoedt’s first-half strike with a delightful dink over Ben Forster to make it 2-0.
And Saints then stood up to a physical battle from the hosts late on to secure their passage.
“We are very happy because we showed great character to fight against a physical and strong team, especially in the second-half,” Tadić reflected.
“It was very important to get an early goal. I think from the started we had a control on the game.
“In the second-half it was a little bit difficult because they played direct and you need to defend against that. We showed we can do that.”
That sort of team spirit will be needed in the coming weeks, and Tadić is hoping to take confidence into an important Premier League clash with Burnley.
On his goal, Tadić said: “It was a nice finish but I am more pleased with our team work today. Nathan played a nice ball to Guido who found me and that’s the most important thing.
“We will have these kind of teams in the rest of the season. Next game we have Burnley who also physical and we need to compete against them.
It’s a lot about confidence and I think we are going in the right direction. We will give our best with our fans to go on from this period and win against Burnley.”