New Southampton manager Mark Hughes’ reign got off to a perfect start on Sunday after Saints won 2-0 away to Wigan Athletic to book their place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
While English Premier League survival is the undoubted priority for Hughes and his team, the cup win is a brilliant confidence booster and they will now go on to face Chelsea at Wembley.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares provided the victory, both scoring in the second half to put the game beyond a battling Wigan side.
Fans were delighted with the win and had particular praise for Hojbjerg who, aside from his goal, was a dominating presence in the middle of the park for his side.
Given he has been one of their better players this season, supporters reckon no-one deserved the first goal of the new Hughes era more and can’t wait to see if he can continue to improve under the new manager.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Mark Hughes really suits being @SouthamptonFC manager! Great performance and effort from everyone today! Hojbjerg was immense. @wesleyhoedt commanded the defence. Gabbi will benefit from the game time and improve. Also big shout out to Wigan who played so well 1st half! #saintsfc
— mighty_SAINTS (@mighty_saints) March 18, 2018
Delighted for Hojbjerg. Our most improved player this season. And what a goal by Cedric. Those sorts of lung-bursting runs are exactly the sort of desire we need. #saintsfc
— Martin Tooth (@Toothy73) March 18, 2018
Pierre Emile Hojbjerg is a class act on and off the pitch and I really admire him for it. He deserves the goal and the win after is words last weekend. Absolute lad @SouthamptonFC #PEH23 #saintsfc #SaintHughes #FACup #Wembley #WeMarchOn
— Jason Douglas (@jasoncooling90) March 18, 2018
Phew, made hard work of that, a very League 1 game! Much much better second half! Hojbjerg superb again! Now forget the cup and concentrate on safety! #saintsfc
— Jayden Frankling (@J_Frankling) March 18, 2018
Gabbiadini, damaged by Pellegrino, need only look at Hojbjerg, who was messed up by Puel but has bounced back to good form recently. Gabi will be back on form if he gets a few games.#SaintsFC
— Richard Emery (@UrbanWordsmith) March 18, 2018
— Rob Price (@SaintRobinho86) March 18, 2018
If ever a player deserved a #saintsfc goal. 💓 Hojbjerg
— OriolElArmada 🇪🇸 (@NI_SAINTS) March 18, 2018
There’s few #saintsFC players I would have wanted to get that goal more than Hojbjerg.
He’s a true professional and has maintained a top attitude throughout. It means so much to him 👏🏻
— Fresh Saints (@FreshSaints) March 18, 2018