Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl felt his side fully deserved the 2-1 win over Watford at St Mary’s in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Recording back-to-back home victories for the first time since March, first-half goals from Danny Ings – his 10th of the season – and Ryan Bertrand were enough to deny the Canaries.
Looking for a comeback, Teemu Pukki reduced the defecit after the restart but Saints held on to pick up an important three points and move out of the bottom three.
Reflecting on a second win in five days, Hasenhüttl said: “I think it was a big win for us and because of the first 60 or 70 minutes, I think it was deserved.
“We had chances for more than two goals, but it was clear they [Norwich] were going to try everything and after they made it 2-1, they had the momentum on their side but we were fighting for the three points.
Ralph hasenhüttlTogether with our crowd, we tried to put pressure on them and we were fantastic. We had a lot of players going to the limit today and that’s exactly how it needs to be.
on his side's victory
Making just one change to the side that beat Watford on Saturday, Ings and the recalled Shane Long led the line as the hosts pressed high from the outset.
Dominating the opening 45 minutes, Hasenhüttl felt the overall performance was correctly rewarded.
“We knew the opponent would try to play out a lot and play a lot of football, that’s why we have our pressing which gave us a lot of chances to win the ball and this is exactly what we did in the first half and it was fantastic.
“We kept them far away from our goal and won a lot of balls early, but then in the end when our energy got lower and we could not attack so early it became clear they were coming more in our half.
“We had a chance for 3-0 shortly before it went 2-1 when Ingsy missed the goal on the far side, but after 2-1 it was about defending deeper.
“We changed our shape to a back five and tried to defend everything that came to our goal and finally it was a deserved win.
“It was important in the end that we believed in ourselves and put everything on the pitch to win this game. It was a massive win for us, back-to-back win in the Premier League is never easy.”