Puel thrilled with players' spirit

By SFC Media Sat 11 Feb Sunderland vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

A delighted Claude Puel praised his players for showing their competitive spirit, after they thrashed Sunderland 4-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Saints, who had lost six of their previous seven Premier League games, demolished a Black Cats side that had come into this match high on confidence.

A first-half double from Manolo Gabbiadini set the visitors on the way, before a late Jason Denayer own goal and an added-time strike from Shane Long completed the rout.

Puel said: "It was a good performance against a difficult opponent, who were in confidence with their last results.

“I think it was important to win, and with a clean sheet and four goals it's fantastic.

“It was important to find solutions and to give a good answer after the last loss. It was important to have a good reaction, and I am happy for the players, because it was a difficult moment.

“In difficult moments it's always an opportunity to play and to become competitors. It's always an opportunity.

"It was a difficult moment, of course. It was important for the squad, for the club and for our fans to give a good answer. It was important to react.

“It was a good challenge to come back with this attitude to win this game and I hope now we can continue this in the Premier League.”

Tadić revels in latest role
Sunderland vs Saints

Tadić revels in latest role

Dušan Tadić on his change of position at Sunderland.

Wed 15 Feb
Davis: Break can help us Saints record joint-biggest Premier League away win
Press conference (part two): Puel on Wembley final
Man Utd vs Saints

Press conference (part two): Puel on Wembley final

Watch the second part of Claude Puel's pre-EFL Cup final press conference.

3 hours ago
Video: Saints train ahead of Wembley trip Gallery: Final preparations at Staplewood