Matt Le Tissier says Southampton’s hard-fought victory over Bournemouth on Saturday conjured fond memories of his playing days.
Saints legend Le Tissier is no stranger to a survival scrap, and was delighted with the fighting spirit shown by Mark Hughes’s players as they dug out three priceless points at St Mary’s.
The Soccer Saturday pundit revealed he was somewhat preoccupied during his weekend shift, admitting the end-of-season nerves are far greater without the ability to influence matters on the pitch.
“It did bring back some good memories of winning when it mattered like that,” Le Tissier reminisced, speaking at the launch of the club’s Legends Range at the newly refurbished Saints Store at Westquay.
“It was weird being in the studio on Soccer Saturday; Paul Merson was watching the game but I had a close eye on it, especially after mine had finished.
“I never realised how nerve-wracking it was for the fans. As a player, when I was in the position to be able to do something about it I never really got nervous, but I was at the weekend. Watching that last few minutes, it was incredible.
“I should really take the opportunity now to apologise to the supporters for everything we put them through all those years ago because I now know what it feels like!”
Le Tissier urged those supporters to travel en masse to Goodison Park, as Saints bid to continue where they left off at Everton.
“I think the fans sometimes underestimate just how important they can be for the team, just how much of a part they can play in lifting the players’ confidence and energy levels,” he added.
“We need that support in the final two away games, and with it maybe we can shock City too.
“Keep your nerve. We’ve got the ability in the squad to do it. I watched Everton beat Huddersfield at the weekend and there’s nothing about them in my opinion that we should be frightened of.
“It’s more than possible than we can go there and got a positive result. Then the trip to Swansea will be absolutely huge given their position in the table too.”
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