Matt Targett’s first ever Southampton goal will live long in the Academy product’s memory for more reasons than one.
The wing-back’s superb diving header to turn Yan Valery’s cross into the far corner might have won the game for Saints – making the score 3-2 with just over 20 minutes remaining - were it not for Callum Wilson’s late equaliser but Targett was proud nonetheless that his contribution from the bench helped secure Premier League safety for another season.
“It’s a great feeling to score my first goal for the club,” he said. “It took me long enough but I finally got there! It was a great cross from Yan Valery and I just thought to head it back across goal and get good contact, thankfully I did. I’ve been working on that in training!”
The 23-year-old’s goal was the 1000th scored in the Premier League this season and the energy it created around St Mary’s was a snapshot of a wild afternoon on the south coast. A classic for the neutrals, a heart-stopper for the home faithful.
“It was a crazy game, great for the neutrals and nerve-wracking to play in. The aim was not to get beaten today, we knew a point would effectively be enough so it was great to get that and we’re in the Premier League again next season.”