Defender Yan Valery was full of praise for his teammates as ten man Southampton fought to a well-earned point over Tottenham at St Mary’s.
One of the six changes to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s starting line-up from the win at West Ham, there was certainly no change to the effort and commitment from those coming into the side on Tuesday.
Despite the likes of Valery and forward Shane Long only enjoying slim pickings as far as Premier League minutes were concerned in recent weeks, a confident looking Saints side stormed into a 1-0 lead thanks to James Ward-Prowse.
Things look to have taken a turn for the worse when Harry Kane’s equaliser and Mohammed Salisu’s sending off dealt the hosts’ a double blow. But a depleted Saints side managed to come away with a deserved point.
“We had a game plan,” said the 22-year-old defender, “we knew what we had to do so we were doing it. When we had that red card we had to change it.
Yan ValeryI think the stadium was sold out and you could tell. They could help us from the first minute to the last.
on St Mary's Atmosphere.
“But even in training sometimes we work with ten men in case something like that happens so we knew how to do it and we knew we had to fight.
“At half-time we said that from the first half we did we should take something. So we just fought for the 90 minutes and we’re leaving with a point, so we’re really happy.
“We didn’t mind them having the ball. We just needed to not take risks and don’t concede. Everyone was superb from the striker to Fras [Forster] the keeper so it was just amazing.
"I think the stadium was sold out and you could tell. They could help us from the first minute to the last. It was very good."