A first goal for the club, an FA Cup semi-final place, and a debut win for new First Team Manager Mark Hughes: all in all, a perfect afternoon for Saints’ Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Speaking after his side had battled to a 2-0 win over giant-killers Wigan in the Emirates FA Cup, the Danish midfielder express his delight at the way his team went about business at the DW Stadium.
“It’s a great achievement and I think we’re really happy for the club and the new coach and most importantly the fans,” he commented. “We have given them a good experience after what happened last week.
“We can take a lot from the game and I am happy that we could give the fans something to smile about.”
Victory over the Latics ensured Saints players and fans alike will be approaching the new week with a different outlook to the one shared following defeat to Newcastle in the Premier League six days ago.
“The world went down last week and now today we are in the semi-final of the FA Cup and that is football,” he added. “This win does not change our standing in the league but let’s just focus on today and smile about the result here.
“You always want to hit back even harder after a defeat and we did that today. Great credit to Wigan, they didn’t come so far for nothing. They are a great side and they have some quality.
“To match a team like this you have to battle. To play a team high on confidence in these conditions, in their stadium, after knocking out three Premier League teams, it is not an easy task."
All the key ingredients then for a good night's sleep for Saints' number 23.
"It is a really good feeling to know that I have helped the 11 players on the field, the guys sitting out, the whole group and the supporters here in the cold. I will sleep good tonight now."