James was quick to praise the contribution of the League One team which took such a hammering on that memorable day.
He told The News: "I must congratulate Southampton on their performance, they put a decent effort in.
"They played with a lot of energy and produced some very good football.
"Rickie Lambert was hard work, a big lump who was causing most of the defenders problems.
"His delivery in the box in the first 45 minutes was outstanding. I completely mis-read a cross on one occasion because it was such a good ball.
"Every time he got wide he was knocking balls in so Hayden (Mullins) closed that down after 20-odd minutes because he realised what he was going to do.
"They played with a lot of energy, some very good football, and that explained why they were unbeaten for nine games. Before the match I had a quick look at the programme and I don't think they've conceded more than two goals at home this season.
"We were up against a tough side and their performance proved that."