Ward-Prowse said: “A special night. These games are special to play in especially when you’re struggling in the league. We knew this was a distraction from the league and a great showcase. We showed no fear.
“It’s always tough when you’re in the position we are. The manager has been excellent and has given us fresh ideas and new energy. He wanted us to be bold and aggressive.
“We have been guilty in the past of having a result at half-time and dropping off. We showed a different 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 put in a performance like that means nothing if we don’t get anything from Everton.”