Stephens: I owed the team

By SFC Media time Sat 03 Feb West Brom v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Jack Stephens

Jack Stephens continued his hot streak against West Brom, making it three goals in three games, and said he owed his team one at The Hawthorns after losing his man for the opening strike of the match.

Saints went 1-0 down in just the fourth minute after Ahmed Hegazi got clear of Stephens to head home Chris Brunt's corner.

But centre-back Stephens redeemed himself later in the half, following up Mario Lemina's thunderbolt equaliser with a deft header to put the visitors 2-1 ahead going into half-time, helping to set up what ultimately proved to be a dramatic 3-2 success.

The defender, who had not scored a senior goal until he kicked off this run in the FA Cup win over Watford last month, said: "It was one of them where as soon as you head it you know it's going to go in.

"Obviously, Prowsey put in a great ball, as he usually does, and it's all about getting the timing on your run and thankfully I did that.

we need to use this to push on now. it's only us that can get us out of this situation.

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"I was disappointed with West Brom's opening goal – he was my man – so it's nice to make up for it.'

Stephens added: "I think going into the break 2-1 up made a big difference and gave the dressing room a big boost.

"Obviously, coming out after half-time I thought we played really well. We then gave away a sloppy goal and had to hold on for the last 20 minutes, but overall it's a great three points.

"We need to keep going now. There's no point coming here and getting a big three points then going on losing or drawing. We need to use this to push on now and get out of the situation we're in.

"No one at this football club wants to be in this situation. It's down to us that we're in it, and it's only us who can get out of it."

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