Clyne Pinpoints Ramírez Influence

By SFC Media Sun 23 Sep Club

Nathaniel Clyne put Southampton on course for victory over Aston Villa then quickly lavished praise on the man who set him up for his first goal in Saints colours: Gastón Ramírez.

The Uruguayan capped a stunning first appearance at St Mary's by playing a key role in his new team's come-from-behind rout of the Villains.

It was his delicate ball into the visitors' area that allowed Clyne to score only his second professional goal, leaving the former Crystal Palace man enthusiastic about his teammate's role in Saturday's victory.

"Gastón is fantastic – he's a great player with lots of creativity," the full-back told Saints Player when asked about the attacker's qualities.

"He has the ability to find players, so I made a nice little run and he put me in so all I had to do was finish it. 

"You could pass the ball to him with a player on his back and he'd still deal with it, and If you make a run forward then he'll always find you because he's got that quality. 

"It's always good to have a player like him on your side, and we're lucky to have him.

"I'm delighted with the goal," continued Clyne. 

"I just found myself forward and it was a lovely ball from Ramírez to play me in and score. We won the game as well, so I couldn't be happier."

Things didn't look so rosy at half time, with Saints trailing to Darren Bent's smash-and-grab opener at the end of an opening which the home side dominated.

Nigel Adkins chose to switch Clyne to left-back at the break, with the defender much happier with how the second period played out.

He said: "I've played left-back a lot of times so I'm familiar with the role, and the gaffer told me to bomb forward so I did that to try and help my team both in attack and defence.

"A few words from the gaffer inspired us to come out in the second half. We had support from the fans, so we came out fighting and did a job in defence and attack. 

"I'm sure the fans are happy – they were brilliant today," Nathaniel continued. 

"With their encouragement and belief in the players, we managed to turn things around from the first half to win the game. 

"We're happy with the points, and hopefully that can be a kick-start for the season."

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