Jan Bednarek believes the feeling of togetherness inside St Mary’s was instrumental in helping Southampton safely navigate a nervy finale against Norwich, en route to securing back-to-back Premier League wins on home soil.
Saints showed their spirit and mental toughness to overcome a half-time deficit to beat Watford on Saturday, but found themselves in no such predicament against Canaries.
This time leading 2-0 at the interval, Bednarek and co. dug deep after Norwich pulled a goal back, with the home supporters playing their part in ensuring Saints held on for another vital victory.
“That’s how it has to be, no matter how it is on the pitch,” the defender said. “We need support from the fans – I think that’s most important when we are struggling a little bit and we are under pressure.
“As we could see at the weekend, it didn’t go well, but we stood up, we faced the situation and we won.
“I think that shows how strong mentally we are – even if it’s a bad atmosphere in the stadium and fans are booing, we just do our job and can still get positive results.
“When the fans are chanting, singing for you and pushing you forward, I think that’s very good, like at the end of the game.
“They were singing for us and pushing us forward. It was a tough moment, but we survived and that’s how it has to be.
“I think that’s very important for us – even when we struggle, to have our fans behind us, and that’s what we need until the end of the season."