Southampton ran out 3-1 winners over Crystal Palace at St Mary's on Wednesday evening. Goals from Nathan Redmond, Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse cancelled out Christian Benteke's opener in a result which has pleased boss Claude Puel. 

The Frenchman was speaking to the Saints' ​official website after the game, explaining he was also happy with the persistence he players showed: 

Southampton v Crystal Palace - Premier League

“It was important to keep our calm,” he said. “Despite all our opportunities in the first half we went behind, but it was important to continue our work and create chances.

“The whole team attacked and defended well, and showed great quality on the pitch – it was a fantastic result.” 

Redmond's leveller on the stroke of half-time certainly gave the south coast side a spring in their step as they took the game to Sam Allardyce's side in the second period. A number of chances were created for both sides, but unlikely goal scorers Yoshida and Ward-Prowse kept the points in Hampshire.  

Southampton v Crystal Palace - Premier League

“It was important to take the points,” he continued. “But we will see how this result will be for us to gain momentum. We will see in the next game how that impacts us.

“I think it was an important game because it pushes us further up the table and now we want to keep going right until the end of the season.”

Southampton travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday and will be looking to cement a top half finish as the Premier League season begins to draw to a conclusion.