Armstrong: We dug deep


Adam Armstrong reflected on a game of two-halves at St Mary’s as he scored the only goal in Southampton’s 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.

It took just over two minutes for Armstrong to make his mark on the game as he opened Saints' account with a powerful strike.

Saints were dominant in the first-half before Villa put on an impressive display as they searched for an equaliser on the road.

“First-half I thought we were brilliant,” said the goal-scorer. “We got in some real good positions.

“We should have killed them off in the first-half I feel but to dig deep in the end and get the three points was amazing and that’s what we came for.

“It’s high intensity and it seems to be working, we’re doing really well and that’s what we’re working on on the training pitch.

“Second-half you’ve got to show the other side to you and how you can defend. To get the three points is amazing.

“To get my first goal at St Mary’s is unbelievable and hopefully there’s many more to come in my career here.

“It dropped down nicely, it was kind of instinct, hit it as soon as it dropped, and I’m delighted it went in the back of the net.

“It’s been great, I’m loving it to make that step from the Championship to the Premier League.

“I kind of take every game as it comes, try not to get too down when you miss chances but obviously the best strikers in the world miss chances and I just take every game as it comes and try to be positive.

“We knew coming into tonight we had to get the three points, we’ve got a great squad and achieve great things.

“We’ve got a rest now and hopefully we’ll come back stronger.

“I feel you’ve got to take every game as it comes. You can’t think about the future, you’ve got to beat what’s in front of you. I think the past few games we’ve done that and you’ve got a real bond in the squad. It’s brilliant.”