Harrison Reed says Southampton should target success in the EFL Cup after playing their way into the last 16 with a win over Crystal Palace.
After the game Saints were handed another home draw in the next round with Sunderland drawn to visit St Mary’s next month, and Reed sees no reason why the team can’t go on a successful cup run.
“We look to win every game and this is the first competition away from the league that we can look to win,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“It’s always nice to get a cup run, especially for us younger boys who don’t get the minutes in the Premier League at the moment, to showcase ourselves and show the manager what we can do like Hesk [Jake Hesketh] did.”
Reed himself enjoyed a first senior run out of the season, and enjoyed being back out on the pitch in Claude Puel’s side.
He said: “I like to control the game but tonight was more battling, winning the second ball and calming us down at times. I was pleased and just delighted to get the win.”
Wednesday’s victory ensured that it was a positive week all round for the team as they picked up three wins in a row, and Reed feels the past seven days has been vital for the squad.
“It was absolutely massive to get the win on Thursday and we backed it up at St Mary’s again on Sunday so it was important to continue the momentum tonight,” he said. “To get the win we dug deep at times and had to deal with some pressure, but we were clinical in the final third and got the two goals.
“We’re absolutely buzzing with that,” he added. “On the back of a difficult start to the season we’ve picked up three good wins now and the spirit is good in the dressing room, at the training ground, and we go into Sunday’s game (at West Ham) with a lot of confidence.”