Virgil van Dijk was delighted with Southampton’s “massive win” against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Claude Puel’s men signed off for Christmas with an impressive 3-1 victory against their south-coast rivals, thanks to Ryan Bertrand’s low strike and Jay Rodriguez’s brace.
And van Dijk felt the second-half display was key to the victory.
“It’s a massive win just before Christmas, so it’s a good win and well deserved,” he told southamptonfc.com after the game.
“Their goal was a bit lucky. Obviously we need to do much better there, but I think we deserved the win.
“We knew their game plan and what they are all about, so we prepared well and especially in the second half we controlled the game.
“Obviously sometimes there were nervy moments, but we were never in trouble.”
Van Dijk also felt an aggressive approach to the second 45 minutes turned the game in Saints’ favour.
“At half time we spoke about coming out aggressive from the dressing room and to make sure when we have the ball, we keep it,” he added.
“We had to play through their press, because sometimes they press a bit kamikaze to be fair.
“They go and they go, so you need to play through them and especially in the second half we did it very well.
“We were patient on the ball, and Davo (Steven Davis) was a bit part of it.”