Southampton’s B team manager Dave Horseman was full of praise for his side after their “fantastic” 5-2 victory over Manchester City in Premier League 2.
Dan N’Lundulu inspired the side to victory with a superb hat-trick either side of the break, with further goals from Jake Vokins and Will Ferry, who rounded off a fantastically neat Saints move.
Horseman hailed his side performance when speaking at Staplewood Campus:
“I’ve stood in front of this camera a few times and said I thought our performances deserved more. Today was a really good performance, probably the best of the season against an unbelievable opponent.
“The boys deserve it for all those weeks and weeks and weeks where we’ve battered a few teams and come away on the wrong side of results. So today was fantastic for the players, I’m so pleased for them.
Dave HorsemanThey've put in a lot of work. They've had a lot of information since the start of the season and produced something really, really good today.
“If I’m being honest we’ve been guilty of missing probably some easier chances than what we had today. We’ve worked on playing exactly the same as the first team. We’re trying to bridge the game as quick as we can.
“Some of those goals are really pleasing because since the first game of pre-season we’ve worked on some of those moves, patterns, that the first team have given us.
“The fact that the boys have finished them in such style is so pleasing.
The side which took to the field included first team experience through the likes of Nathan Tella, Vokins and Valery; all of whom were involved in each of the five goals.
“They’re fantastic kids and really good human beings. One they’re talented, they wouldn’t be at Southampton if they weren’t talented.
“To then come from the Saturday where they’ve been on the bench for the first team last night to us and put in such a shift in an organised way is brilliant.
“We haven’t had a training session together but because now we play the same as the first team the transitions are easier between the two squads.
“The gaffer and his staff have been amazing. Flem [Craig Flemming] asked the boys to come in and talk through a situation we thought we’d face today. The amount of detail they went into on how they would solve the problem.
“He [Hasenhüttl] spoke to the boys at the end and that means the world. There was great support today from loads of people at the club. So it was a really, really great day today.”