Southampton left nothing on the pitch during their 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Crawley Town, according to midfielder Callum Slattery.
17-year-old Slattery delivered the corner which produced the evening’s opener at St Mary’s, before Saints then moved on to put four past the League Two side.
“It’s a fantastic win for us,” he explained.
“We were a young team and Crawley put out an experienced side, but we gave everything we can.
“It was a tough, physical challenge but we expected that and were ready for everything they threw at us - that’s why we got the win.
“Going into the game we knew we had already qualified, but we didn’t want to settle for just that. We wanted to top the group and we went out and did that.”
As well as his part in the opening goal, Slattery also got his name on the score sheet in the 34th minute.
Meeting Josh Sims’ cutback on the edge of the area, he rifled a strike low into the Crawley Town corner to make it 3-0 before the break.
“It’s surprising for me!” joked Slattery.
“I rarely get on the score sheet, but I found myself up the pitch and a rebound came back to me on the edge of the area.
“I took a strike at it and after a little deflection it nipped into the corner, so I am very pleased with that.”