Southampton supporters were welcomed back to St Mary’s with an impressive 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday, to leave manager Ralph Hasenhüttl elated.
Ché Adams’ fourth of the season gave Saints the lead at the halfway stage, before Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond confirmed back-to-back wins after the break.
Supported by 2,000 fans inside St Mary’s, the boss was pleased to mark their return in style.
“It was the perfect Sunday for them and for us,” he said.
“It’s so nice to win in front of them, and so beautiful to see how they are celebrating and how much they enjoy us playing good football.
Every good action - and we had a lot today - they were immediately applauding it and showed us that they want to go with us now.
Ralph hasenhüttlIt's so nice to have them back and so nice to see that we play the same, or even better, with them."
on fans returning
“It is so nice to have them back and so nice to see that we play the same, or even better, with them. I think the best message today is that we are becoming a stronger side every week.
“They have watched us playing in the past and you can see that they know now what we want to do and how we want to play.
“This was really interesting how they are not scared of us building up from behind, they are not scared of us playing out under pressure and this is risky but it’s okay.
“They know we can do it now and this, I think, is amazing.”