Claude Puel reserved praise for young duo Jack Stephens and Josh Sims after they helped Southampton reach their first League Cup final since 1979.
Stephens stepped in to replace team captain Virgil van Dijk and defended superbly alongside Maya Yoshida at the heart of the defence, while Josh Sims came on as a substitute to tee up Shane Long.
Puel reflected: “Jack played very well, like an experienced player with good technique and he was calm.
“He was strong in the duels and I’m happy for him because he’s another player from the Academy so congratulations to the trainers and the good work they keep doing for Southampton.
“It’s fantastic and at the end Josh Sims makes a good assist for Shane Long. All this is a good balance between experienced players and younger players.
“All the squad participated in this competition so it’s a good reward.”