Manager comments from St Mary's

Last updated : 03 December 2023 By Michael Morris

Comment: I thought we were well beaten. I don't agree with Bulut that it was 'small details'. Cardiff were limp in attack, overrun at times and lacked any of the pace or creativity that Southampton had.


Southampton's Russell Martin:

"I'm really happy. I thought we were good today. We started the game so well. We should score more goals, that was the only frustration. I thought the lads were incredible in the second half. I watched with so much pride and gratitude for what they were doing. It's been a long week so to produce that level of performance in the second half... [scoring a third goal] wasn't to be.

"Ryan Fraser has come off the pitch frustrated that he hasn't scored. It's not a coincidence that the chances fall to him because he runs at the goal relentlessly. He [Armstrong] has so much quality and also a load of attitude. The first goal is quality and the second is his attitude and desire. We love him in that dressing room for how he is and how he conducts himself and how he works for the team. The goals are a real bonus and he possesses so much quality but it is his intensity he plays at and his willingness to run."

Cardiff's Erol Bulut:

"The first 20 minutes was [what went wrong]. It was not what I was expecting. After those 20 minutes we woke up but we were already 2-0 down. We were good but not good enough. At the end of the first half if we had scored with [Karlan Grant] I think the second half would be very different. We have progressed from the start of the season to today perfectly and we will continue to work hard.

"I hope in the January transfer [window] I can get some quality players in and we can push for more. This is the difference between the top level and what we currently have. It is small details. We've played against relegated Premier League teams, they have quality but they show us where we need to go and how we need to work. We'll look in January to get to that level."