Defender Kyle Walker-Peters praised the fight of his teammates after Southampton’s impressive 3-1 victory at struggling Watford in the Premier League.
Looking to bounce back from defeat at St Mary’s to Arsenal on Thursday, Saints got off to an extremely positive start as Danny Ings superbly fired home after just 16 minutes.
The striker doubled his tally and the lead twenty minutes from time after a mistake from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, before a Jan Bednarek own goal gave the hosts some hope.
But all that was dashed eight minutes from time via a superb James Ward-Prowse free-kick; something Walker-Peters felt highlighted the spirits inside the Saints camp in recent weeks.
“Before the game, we wanted to show the boys we wanted it just as much as they do,” said the Tottenham loanee.
We wanted to get 40 points, we wanted to get that landmark, and we knew that they’re trying to get away from the relegation zone.
Walker-Peters on the differing motives vs Watford
“I think, coming out with that victory, we’ve shown them that we wanted it a bit more and we knew what it took to win.
“That’s what we’ve been speaking about, we want to hit 40 points. You look at the teams above us now there’s a lot on 42, 43 and 45 points so we’re itching to try and get up there.
“Nobody is really talking about us but we’re right there so we’ll see what happens.”