Southampton can look forward to a big FA Cup semi-final at Wembley after overcoming the challenge of giant-killers Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
The League One outfit shockingly knocked out Manchester City in the last round and were a difficult outfit to face in Mark Hughes’ first game in charge, but Saints produced a professional performance to eventually see the game out as 2-0 winners.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the opener before Cedric Soares netted just before the final whistle, delighting supporters who need to see their form improving after the dismissal of Mauricio Pellegrino.
Fans were particularly pleased with Mark Hughes’ substitutions, offering praise to Nathan Redmond, who added fresh attacking impetus to the Saints side at a critical time of the match.
He certainly put himself into contention for a start next week and fans will be eager to see if he can maintain form under the guidance of their new boss.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Think it’s fair to say that a Gabbiadini – Redmond partnership could be on the cards. Our best attackers today by a huge margin. #SaintsFC
— Scott Winter (@ScottWSFC) March 18, 2018
Delighted with a win there! Shocking first half but great to see Hughes noticing that and addressing the issues. Redmond was excellent off the bench. Onto Wembley!🔴⚪️ #saintsfc
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) March 18, 2018
Redmond was excellent. Great ball to Gabbiadini for the penalty and did brilliant to set up Cedrics goal #saintsfc
— Matt (@MattElgar14) March 18, 2018
Thought Redmond looked better when he came on. Looked to go forward almost every time he had the ball #SaintsFC
— Adeem (@adeem761) March 18, 2018
Redmond over Boufal for me as Boufal doesn’t work hard enough for the team. #saintsfc
— Ian Martin (@Ryhope_Wood) March 18, 2018
Redmond has done brilliantly since coming on. Hughes is gonna be perfect for us, Saint Sparkys red army! #SaintsFC
— Paul Carradus (@lifelongsaint83) March 18, 2018
Redmond looked very good when he came on… #SaintsFC
— Matthew Dev 😇 (@MattJBDev) March 18, 2018
All credit to Hughes. The team were fantastic in the second half and his substitutions were spot on. Redmond and Long were excellent when they came on. #saintsfc
— Southampton Panel (@Saints_Panel) March 18, 2018