Angus Gunn was pleased to complete an unbeaten pre-season with a clean sheet as Southampton returned to St Mary’s with a comfortable 2-0 victory over 1.FC Köln.
The German visitors, newly promoted to the Bundesliga, were behind inside three minutes to Danny Ings’s penalty.
The striker saw another spot-kick saved later in the first half, before Pierre-Emile Højbjerg completed the scoring in the second period, turning in a low cross from home debutant Ché Adams.
“Obviously with it being the last pre-season friendly, it’s always a good chance for everyone to get their last minutes in, show the manager what they’ve got and stake a claim for a starting XI spot next week,” Gunn said.
“I came in just before we went to Austria and we had a good game out there, but progressively the games have been getting tougher and tougher.
“The away game in Feyenoord was a great test for us and a good performance as well, and against a Bundesliga team here it was really good to get a clean sheet and win the game.
“I feel good – I played 90 at Preston and then 45 in Feyenoord, so it was good to get 90 again and get back out there.
“I’ve felt really good in all of the games, to be honest, but it’s about building up to next week, which is the big one.”