Jack Stephens scored his first goal for Southampton in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Watford and the defender could not have timed it any better.
The 24-year-old has been finding himself in scoring positions with greater frequency in the past few weeks and yesterday’s winning goal was both “a relief” and a sign of his improvement in the air.
“Obviously as a defender I’m going to be judged on what I contribute at the back but if I can get myself on the end of things at the other end of the field, then it’s a great bonus. I’m always looking to improve and scoring more goals would definitely be a part of that.
“My emotions after the winner were more of relief than anything else. I’ve missed a few chances after getting some really good positions in the last couple of weeks which was disappointing so to put one away at last was great.”
A boost in confidence, just in time for the Premier League clashes with Brighton and West Brom in the coming seven days.
“We’ll be taking each game in the cup as it comes. We have to turn attentions now to the Premier League where we have some crucial fixtures between now and the fifth round.
“There are two huge games coming up and we need to take some points from them. The result against Watford will certainly give us a boost going into Brighton and West Brom.”