Tuesday evening’s EFL Cup third round clash for Southampton pitted us against a side we haven’t really seen for a few seasons – Portsmouth.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl took his first team squad to Fratton Park for the tie and it was always going to be a tasty affair with Cup progression, as well as, bragging rights up for grabs.
The hosts certainly had chances on the day, but in the first half we were far more clinical and had established a 2-0 lead going into the half time break as Danny Ings helped himself to a brace.
Second half was much the same, Portsmouth created far more, but we made the most of our more limited efforts to add another two goals to the scoreline. Cedric Soares hit first 13 minutes from time, before Nathan Redmond added a fourth with four minutes remaining.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, our Austrian gaffer said of his first true derby affair.
“This is more than only reaching the next round. This is about reaching the hearts of the fans. I am very happy for them. I knew it was a massive game for them and I think we really didn’t start well in this game, but the players knew they had to fight for every inch. I have never had such an atmosphere in a stadium so far. I was hoping it is coming in a way that you can also celebrate the football and if you see such a game here then you know why football is so popular in England.”