Southampton Manager Alan Pardew hailed the discipline of his players and the loyalty of the Saints fans after a thoroughly convincing 4-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final victory over Carlisle United at Wembley.
The Saints line-up was not at its strongest due to the unavailability of several players, but following an early Rickie Lambert penalty they controlled the game throughout and further goals by Adam Lallana, Ndiaye Papa Waigo and Michail Antonio completed the Trophy triumph before Gary Madine's late consolation strike.
Pardew said: "We had a game plan but sometimes when you put a plan together it doesn't work out, so today the players' discipline was the highlight for me.
"I've played my strongest (available) team in all the Cup competitions and I've got the rewards for that. We've attacked every game just to build a winning mentality, and it's proved that today because on the big stage we turned up, we delivered a disciplined, winning performance and that was the criteria today.
"We wanted to be solid, and we didn't let Carlisle breathe. We scored goals at good times and that hurt them. It wasn't about aesthetics for us and it wasn't a particularly attractive game, but the winning mentality of our team edged it.
"And the fans were brilliant. It wasn't a game you could get too excited about because we were so comfortable, but you could see the relief of winning coming out towards the end.
"They've been great all year for us because some of the performances we've put in, especially away from home, have been awful. They've been brilliantly strong with us and I'd like to thank them for that."
The Saints fans, around 44,000 of them, made up over half of the excellent attendance of 73,476 for the 27th Final in the history of The Football League competition.
The winning margin chalked up by Pardew's team equalled the best in any previous Final, to the delight of the Saints followers but the dismay of the Carlisle fans.
Disappointed Cumbrians Manager Greg Abbott, after seeing his team well beaten by their Coca-Cola League 1 rivals, said: "We contributed to our own downfall with individual errors.
"We played some decent football at times and we gave as good as we got until the first goal, but we weren't good enough in each penalty area and in the end Southampton won it in style."
For Pardew, the style of the victory was not as important as simply winning the Trophy Final. "This has been an important competition for us," he said.
"We have new owners and they want success tomorrow, but in the football world it doesn't work quite as quick as that. But I needed to get them a Wembley visit and we've got this one, we've won it and we're working really hard in the League to get back in the Play-Offs."
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