Saints boss Claude Puel was delighted with his side for boosting their top-eight chances by 'taking revenge' against West Brom.

After Jordy Clasie’s first-half strike secured a second win in four days, Puel said: “It was important to take a little revenge because we lost our home game against this opposition.

“It was a fantastic result as we try to move up the table. The spirit of the players has been perfect all week, it’s important to keep a good ambition for the end of the season and a great challenge to continue this confidence against Manchester City.”

Fraser Forster pulled off some outstanding saves to ensure the win, particularly two in injury-time to deny Craig Dawson and Jonny Evans.

“Fraser was fantastic,” Puel continued. “We had many first-half opportunities but without the second goal we showed character in the second half.

“It’s difficult to play against this team and their direct play, their long balls and free kicks. But we resisted and to take three points was fantastic.

“I’m happy for the team because it’s a good reward for the quality of the first half and the character of the second half.”

On Clasie’s second Saints goal, Puel added: “I think he can do better because he has a fantastic shot, good quality technique and very good feet.

“I’m happy for him and Pierre-Emile [Hojbjerg] because they have not had a lot of game time. To give this response was important for them and the team. They showed good spirit.”