Che Adams has praised the Southampton character after a “perfect day” for the match-winning super sub at home side Leicester.
A week after overcoming a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Leeds, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men had to dig in again after falling behind from James Maddison’s free-kick at the King Power Stadium.
Adams couldn’t begin to deal with a groin problem during the week but changed the dynamic of Saturday’s game from the bench, firing from close range before his superb scissor kick sealed a 2- 1 for Saints.
“Delighted,” said the Southampton striker. “Getting the three points and scoring two goals is a perfect day.
“We have a very, very big character. We have a young team with us and everyone is just trying to learn their trade in their position in football.
“So a big congratulations to the whole team. Like I said, everyone is quite young, so it will take time, but we’re getting there.
At an average of 23 years and 238 days, Southampton’s starting line-up at Leicester was the youngest they have ever fielded in the Premier League.
It was a promising performance that they will try to build on during a difficult period, with home league games against Manchester United and Chelsea following Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash at Cambridge.
“It doesn’t get much bigger than that, does it?” Adams told club media when asked about their upcoming Premier League fixtures.
“Getting as many points as possible as fast as possible will give us the best head start and we will continue to work for that.
“In the Premier League no game will be easy, so getting as many points as possible, especially away from home, at the end of the season will be huge for us.”
Leicester travel to Stockport in the Carabao Cup before facing the same league opponents as Saints, with their move to Chelsea on Saturday followed by the arrival of Erik ten Hag’s United.
This game falls on transfer deadline day – a time when Brendan Rodgers will be relieved to see the back given the speculation swirling around his players.
Wesley Fofana has been omitted from the matchday squad due to interest from Chelsea, while Youri Tielemans and Maddison are also attracting interest.
One man who definitely stays is Jamie Vardy, whose new contract with Leicester until 2024 was announced hours before kick-off against the Saints.
“It was great this morning but obviously it’s bittersweet when we got the result we got,” the 35-year-old told LCFC TV.
“So I’m not going to think about it too much now, we have to make sure we sit down and bring our A-game every week now. Nobody ever wants to lose a game.
“We want to win as many as we can, that’s football, pick up the points and go into the dressing room happy afterwards, so it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but that’s the work we have to put into it.”