Puel delighted with Saints' character

By SFC Media Sat 04 Mar Watford vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Claude Puel

Claude Puel said he was delighted with his players for not letting their spirit drop, as they responded to their EFL Cup final heartbreak with a thrilling win at Watford.

Southampton prevailed 4-3 at Vicarage Road, recovering from conceding the first goal and also from being pegged back at 2-2 in the second half to make it back-to-back victories in the Premier League.

Puel felt it was a tremendous show of character from his players, less than a week on after their cruel 3-2 defeat against Manchester United, at Wembley.

"I'm happy for the players and for the fans," said the Saints boss. "It was important to give a good answer after the final.

"We played a fantastic game against Manchester United, and it was important to come back in the Premier League.

"We knew it would be a difficult game to prepare for, after the disappointment, and a difficult game because of the direct play, long balls and second balls. It's important always to keep the good concentration to defend that.

"You see this in the game, after three minutes, where we took a goal. It was difficult, but we stayed in our plans and to play good football, with good passes. At 2-1 we had good control of the game.

"I liked our performance and character to come back and score a third goal. We stayed with this feeling, with the same spirit and attitude as we showed against Manchester United, and it was important that we kept this."

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