Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster has revealed to the club's official site that Ronald Koeman demanded that his team gave 100% effort in their match against Chelsea yesterday.
The Saints picked up a credible point at Stamford Bridge after battling to a 1-1 draw and Forster believes that the team's work-rate was a reason behind the impressive result.
Southampton's players were constantly on the move during the contest and this application is something which the team spoke about before the game.
“We said in the dressing room before the game that everyone needs to give 100 per cent and we did that," the England international goalkeeper said. "We can be very proud of what we’ve done.
“But it’s only a good point if we go into next week’s game, work as hard as we can and come out of that with a result as well."
Forster was in cracking form throughout the match and he pulled off a number of saves which kept his side in the game.
Southampton were in dire need of getting something from Stamford Bridge and this point could be crucial to their chances of claiming a European spot.
The South Coast club have been around the top of the Premier League table for the entirety of the season, but their efforts so far seem to be catching up with them.
Southampton have been in poor form over recent weeks, but their display against Chelsea was much improved and they will now have confidence for the rest of the campaign.
The Saints' next match comes against Burnley at the weekend and they will consider that a good chance to pick up a much needed victory.