Jack Stephens described the backing of the Southampton supporters as “a massive, massive positive” as the team prepare for a crucial festive period under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.
The defender paid tribute to the travelling Saints fans who made the journey to Wembley for last night’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Now Stephens says togetherness is key as the club ushers in a new era under the 51-year-old Austrian.
“Tonight, last Saturday at home and Tuesday night at Leicester they were outstanding. It’s been a difficult time – for us, for them and for the whole club,” he admitted.
“To have them still supporting us and still singing at the end is a massive, massive positive, which gives us reason to believe we can stay up.
“I’m sure they’ll be there again on Saturday because they’ve stuck with us this whole time, and I think there’s a real excitement around the club with the managerial change.
“It’s important that we go in with an open mind and we take on board what ideas the new manager has got quickly, because we’ve got two days to prepare for Cardiff.
“It’s another big game and we need to go into that game raring to go, positive, sticking together and we need to get three points.
“We need to cut out the mistakes, show we’re a good side and start picking up points.”