James Ward-Prowse says he couldn’t wait for the pressure moment that helped Southampton clinch a 2-1 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
When Stuart Armstrong was tripped by Kyle Walker-Peters 25 yards from goal as Saints searched for a winner, the stage was set for Ward-Prowse, who had curled home a similarly inch-perfect free-kick at Old Trafford just a week earlier.
And with the tension swirling around St Mary’s as he placed the ball down, the midfielder was pleased to see practice make perfect.
“I was full of confidence from last week. I think once you get one you’re eager for the next one and all week I’d been thinking about the moment that another free-kick is awarded,” Ward-Prowse reflected.
“I’ve just got to believe in my ability and believe in the effort and time I put in on the training ground when it comes to a matchday.
“I enjoy that pressure, I enjoy that challenge and I could feel the tension around the stadium so to put it in the top corner was great.
“It’s always nice to contribute towards a win. You could feel the electricity in the stadium today and the atmosphere.
“Like I said, it’s the Southampton that I know and we’ve had some big results in recent years and this is probably one of the biggest ones in terms of us getting out the situation that we’re in.
“We can’t focus on anyone else or rely on other teams. We know that if we do our job right then we’ll get the job done and there’s a great belief in the changing room that our position doesn’t suggest the team or the club that we are.
“We’re making big steps week by week and it’s an exciting time to be a Southampton player.”