In his post-match e-mail from the St Mary’s, Martin O’Neill can reflect on a job well done on a filthy afternoon. With Christmas just around the corner he shares his goodwill between his team and its fans.
It was a big performance from us today and we got our goal at a very important time.
We weathered the storm when Southampton put us under pressure in the second half and we did well on what was a difficult afternoon.
We had to make a few changes to the team after last week and I thought the two centre backs were outstanding.
[Steven] Fletcher has scored a lot of goals for us this season, and all of them have been important ones. He was great again today.
Adam Johnson picked up a knock and I’m hoping it’s not too serious. He was replaced by Fraizer Campbell, who did tremendously.
He popped up with a great block and I think that really typified our performance today.
I’m absolutely thrilled for the team and for the supporters.
The amount of fans that followed us down was absolutely phenomenal, especially when it’s only three days until Christmas.
They epitomise the football club and it was important for us to get the win for them today.
All the best,