Ralph Hasenhüttl thanked his medical staff after Moussa Djenepo’s solitary strike earned Southampton a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.
Djenepo re-entered the fold after a recent injury to make his first start in the Premier League and produced a moment of magic to clinch all three points.
The Mali international showed his quality, just as he did at Brighton, to burst beyond Oliver Norwood before weaving his way beyond John Egan and Jack O’Connell to slot home a low shot.
“First I think I have to thank my physios who made a fantastic job so that he can play today because it didn’t look that good and also him that he really wants to play,” Hasenhüttl reflected.
“In these scenes he shows how important he can be in our game and this is fantastic. We now have another player who is very good in one versus one situations.
"We have Sofiane, we have him, we have Nathan so the quality we have in the front is fantastic.
“They are hard to read and when they have the ball they are always very, very good and dangerous. This is absolutely a development from last season.”
Djenepo started in a different position to the norm in the first-half, before switching to a role further forward later in the game and Hasenhüttl explained his tactical thinking after the game.
“We know that he is not really a typical full-back or left-back but I wanted to have high pressure on this side from the beginning.
“He had a lot of ball winnings on this side with a chance to score early so that was the reason why I was that brave and tried to very offensive on this side.
“It’s also good that we can change the players and we have players like Cedric who can play both sides, so you change within the game without making a substitution.
“That’s important today in the modern football and this is the demand from every player that he does not say ‘I cannot play there’, if you have to do this then you do it.”