Southampton are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after a hard fought 1-0 win over Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Southampton’s only other win since November also came in the FA Cup and the match was an opportunity for Saints to forget all about their woes in the English Premier League.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s side delivered thanks to an early goal from Jack Stephens and a determined performance that frustrated Watford in their first game under new boss Javi Gracia.
Fans were of course pleased with the win and had praise for the likes of Dusan Tadic, who has previously been criticised this season for lacklustre performances.
The Serbian international has struggled to provide a consistent direct goal contribution this season but supporters will be hoping he can combine smartly with new signing Guido Carrillo.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Saturday showing…
Thought Tadic had a good game today, looked more up for it and some nice skills on show. #saintsfc
— Jon Harris (@Funkyhound) January 27, 2018
In general; a good performance. There r definite signs of improvement. Tadic was excellent in the 1st. Hojbjerg was again excellent. However, in the end it felt like we won inspite of Pellegrino's tactics. Going 5 at the back with 20 to go was crazy & not needed. #SaintsFC
— ItchenNorth (@mptterrell) January 27, 2018
I give the man a lot of stick but Tadic has been class so far today #SaintsFC
— Joe Darnell © (@JoeDarnell73) January 27, 2018
What a half! We're playing so well!! Tadic is my man of the match so far! #SaintsFC
— Shannon (@Shannon_SFC) January 27, 2018
More solid than scintillating first half from #SaintsFC. Difficult to get pace of final pass on greasey pitch. Boufal and Tadic stand-outs again.
— Bella (@clawsfour) January 27, 2018
I thought Tadic was one of our best players in the first half. We saw more of the his old self!
— Carl Steadman (@CarlSteadman) January 27, 2018
Happy we won today in unpleasant weather conditions. PEH and Hoedt outstanding, decent contributions from Tadic, Boufal (1st half) & Stephens. However… #SaintsFC
— Saint Alastair (@Saint_Alastair) January 27, 2018
Quality to hear Tadic has been class first half. Undoubted talent bit struggled since Pele left, hopefully will rediscover that kind of form with Carrillo! #saintsfc
— Jake Curtis (@JakeCurtis25) January 27, 2018