Nigel Adkins was delighted to see his side maintain their growing confidence with an impressive 2-0 win over Newcastle.
Saints recorded back-to-back top-flight victories with their latest success, and Adkins highlighted the continuing maturity in the squad after keeping their first clean sheet of the season.
“It was a good performance,” he told Saints Player. “We scored two and could have scored more, but the fans were great and behind us all the way, and helped us get the clean sheet.
“We have been progressing all the way through, I said it last week that there is a growing maturity about the players, I think we are progressing and we are progressing well.
“When we analyse it and look at it we will see whether it was a better performance than last week (at QPR), but I thought there was a good momentum about us last week and we carried that on today.”
A goal in each half from Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez put Saints on course for victory, but the scoreline could easily have been heavier. Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was called into action frequently; Jay Rodriguez had a goal ruled out for offside, whilst the woodwork was also struck three times in an attacking bombardment from the hosts.
“We carried on from last week and even the week before that where we played very well against Swansea,” the gaffer highlighted. “I thought we had a good solid shape about ourselves today but some of our attacking flair was outstanding.
“Confidence has been good from the first day of pre-season, but you have to get yourself to the level of the Premier League as quickly as possible. The players are doing that and they are doing that very well at this moment in time.
“Jay Rodriguez’s goal I thought was onside, we could have had a penalty and their goalkeeper has had to make several good saves to keep us out.”
Although Saints have used three goalkeepers this season, Paulo Gazzaniga has played the most amount of games, and he was between the posts for the first shut out of the campaign as the home side kept the likes of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse quiet.
“It was good for all the team,” Adkins said of the clean sheet. “The players deserve it because they work so hard all week on the training ground. I thought we played well for the large majority of the season but we have been punished defensively but the growing maturity about us helped generate a good defensive performance yet again today.
“We know that the Barclays Premier League is the hardest, toughest and most desirable division to be in. We have worked very hard to be here and we will continue to work hard because we have a forward momentum about us.”