Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has expressed his delight at the Saints’ solid performance after their 1-0 victory over fellow Europa League hopefuls Everton. In an interview with the official Saints website, the 21-year-old also insisted that his side had stepped up in the last week to grab all three points on Sunday.
Hosts Southampton scored after just 41 seconds at the weekend and managed to hold on for effectively the entire game to seal a resolute 1-0 victory over their old boss Ronald Koeman and his struggling Everton side.
Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye
And Hojbjerg relished the result even more given the fact that it came following a Europa League midweek fixture as well as a short winless run in the Premier League.
Speaking to the Saints’ official website, the Danish international said: “I think it was a step up. We didn’t win for a couple of games and now we got it. A clean sheet and a 1-0 is always the sign of a good team.
“It was not only after Europa League but after the Premier League games, because we didn’t have a win in three or four games.
“Although we got a good result against Liverpool, today was good.”
Southampton's Josh Sims in action
The win meant that Southampton remained right in the middle of the Premier League table in tenth position, however they now lie just one point off seventh-placed Everton and only three off the struggling Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side in sixth position.
And what is more, Southampton could see their ascent up the table accelerate next weekend when they visit Crystal Palace, who have lost their last six games and when Manchester United head to Goodison Park to play Everton. Should results go their way, they could be up in seventh before next weekend is out.
Southampton manager Claude Puel