Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl lauded the St Mary’s support following his side’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Allan Saint-Maximin’s strike just over ten minutes from time meant the points went back to the North East, despite a valiant effort from ten-man Saints.
Moussa Djenepo was sent off after just 28 minutes, but Hasenhüttl was quick to praise the positive effect of the fans on his side during a tough afternoon.
“I want to say the atmosphere today was fantastic,” recalled Hasenhüttl. “The fans were unbelievable, they really pushed us and really helped us a lot with this fight, in the second half especially.
“I cannot criticise my team for not doing everything, they left everything on the pitch. It was a good performance on our side.
Ralph HasenhüttlThe fans were unbelievable. They really pushed us and really helped us a lot with this fight.
Southampton FC Manager
“We tried to stop the opponent and we did it for a long time but then one mistake can decide the game. I didn’t have the feeling that they had a game plan, an idea of how they were going to score.
“We defended well, we were very compact and close to centre. The distances between the lines and the players was very good and it helped us to win a lot of balls in front of our box and had a few counter attack chances also.
The defeat means Saints sit 14th in the standings, one point behind today’s winners Newcastle and five points ahead of 15th placed Brighton.
“I think the most important thing was that we were more committed today and we had an understanding about us that we should have in every home game.
“It was a very good performance in the second half, but in the end the result is the only thing that is necessary and it’s what we don’t have.”