Jan Bednarek reflected on his short-lived joy at making his Premier League bow for Southampton after they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea at St Mary’s.
Bednarek replaced Jack Stephens in defence and netted his first goal for the club when he met James Ward-Prowse’s inch-perfect free-kick delivery to put Saints 2-0 ahead.
But, having then conceded three goals in an eight-minute spell, the young Polish defender says it is all about improving with Leicester City the next opponents on Thursday.
“I was really happy that I could help the team and become a Premier League player," said the 22-year-old.
“But now I am not because on my debut we have lost, and the result is the most important thing.
“It’s really nice to score a goal, but it’s about the score after the game and we’ve conceded three goals.
“We need to improve but I think we can get points in the next games.
“We were really compact and we worked really hard and that was the positive side of the game. We have to improve some simple things then we will be better."
Looking ahead to the coming days, with Thursday's trip to Leicester being followed by the FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea, Bednarek insisted that the players will approach the busy period in the right frame of mind.
“We have a lot of games, but I think we are ready for it, we can’t wait for it, and we will be positive," he said.