Garry Monk spoke of his pride at seeing Wednesday show the courage he was looking for in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win at Brighton.
It was a deserved victory in a performance which displayed far more desire, determination and all-round teamwork than we saw in the hat-trick of Championship defeats over the festive period.
Monk, who made six changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Hull on New Year’s Day and gave a debut to young defender Osaze Urhoghide, said: “We deserved it overall. I wanted us to put a bit of pride back in ourselves after the week we had.
“I wanted to see that courage today from the group and I think we got that and that’s maybe the little bit we lacked in the week.
“Today we got it in abundance and that proves to them exactly what they can do. It’s about doing that every single game, that’s the demand on us.
“I was very proud of that performance today. It was full of what we have been doing over the majority of the season but last week we let ourselves down, so we had to respond and that was a good response.”
He added: “We knew coming here we would have to be right on our game. We had some changes but the attitude was the main thing that stood out today.
“It has proved to themselves more than anything that when their attitude, desire and courage is right then to come away to a Premier League side and win deservedly is a big testament to them.”