Jos Hooiveld highlighted that the result was all that mattered as Saints made it through into round four of the Capital One Cup.
The centre back accepted that Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Bristol City at St Mary’s wasn’t the smoothest game from the hosts, but the professional performance, which yielded goals in either half was just reward for a team that defended resolutely as well – something that pleased the Dutchman.
“It was nice,” he told Saints Player after the game.
“It was just one of those games we had to win and get through to the next round. That’s what cup football is. It’s not always pretty. It was a hard-fought battle.
“It was very entertaining. They played at one moment all or nothing.
“They did very well. It was about half-an-hour that we were in a lot of trouble. Luckily we didn’t concede, we had great saves from Kelvin and we got through it. That’s what’s important.”
Hooiveld returned to the action for the first time in the season in the success, and he was happy to be back on the pitch again.
“It’s always nice to get games, especially at the moment when we’ve had five games and I’ve not made a start and not made an appearance,” Jos explained.
“It’s good to get 90 minutes. Last time (in the Capital One Cup) I was ill, which was a bit unfortunate.”
Hooiveld got the game’s second goal with seven minutes left on the watch, which was his first strike at the right end since the 4-0 win against Coventry City on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign.
The defender also chose a good time to remind the St Mary’s faithful that he has not lost his midweek goal scoring touch by grabbing what had been his customary goal on a Tuesday night two seasons’ ago.
“It’s very nice, especially on the right side,” he grinned. “Last year, of course, was a bit of a tough year with the stats – three own goals. Somehow it always sticks to people that you can be reminded for it for a long while.”
Saints find out their opponents in round four of the League Cup after Wednesday's tie involving Liverpool and Manchester United, but Hooiveld does not have eyes for any particular opponent at the next stage.
“That doesn’t matter,” he said.
“I think we know have a great team and whatever they throw at us we have to deal with, because we want to get there in the end.
“What Swansea did last year, we want to do this year.”