Tadić: Our twelfth player

By SFC Media time Tue 15 May Saints v Man City
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Dušan Tadić

Dušan Tadić had a special message of thanks for the Saints fans, and the role they played in keeping spirits high, during a challenging and strenuous season.

The fans' presence, particularly during last week's victory over Swansea, hadn't gone unnoticed by the Saints players, with Tadić describing the support as the 'extra energy' they needed to perform.

The Serb also reserved praise for the impact of manager Mark Hughes and his backroom staff, describing the increase in intensity and focus as vital to Saints' successful survival push.

"We learn that you can never relax in football. You need to be sharp every day," the 29-year old said.

"When Mark Hughes and his coaches arrived it was totally different, they changed our mentality. We need to tell them thank you. We were all together like a family, the supporters, the players, they made us together and this is most important.

"We recognised that it was so important to have everyone on the same page and also supporters gave us the extra energy.

"Our supporters have been great, especially the past few weeks. They show how they love our club, and when it's most important they were there. To be our twelfth player.

"We've fought for everything, our lives. The fans recognised that and finally everyone is happy. This is a big platform, we can build something with this club."


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