Ward-Prowse said: “A special night. These games are special to play in especially while you’re struggling within the league. We knew this was a distraction from the league and a fantastic showcase. We showed no fear.
“It is often tough while you’re within the position we’re. The manager has been excellent and has given us fresh ideas and latest energy. He wanted us to be daring and aggressive.
“We now have been guilty previously of getting a result at half-time and dropping off. We showed a distinct a part of our game. We thoroughly deserved the win.”
Asked if Southampton can take the performances into the league, Ward-Prowse added: “That’s the challenge now. To place in a performance like which means nothing if we don’t get anything from Everton.”