Nathan Redmond hailed the 2-0 victory at Brighton as “massive”, after his goal helped Southampton seal their first Premier League points of the season.
In an action-packed contest, the hosts were reduced to ten men when Florin Andone was sent off in the first-half for an ugly challenge on Yan Valery, and had a goal rightly ruled out by VAR for offside.
Saints were patient in their pursuit of an opener and substitute Moussa Djenepo’s instant impact saw him curl a stunning effort past Ryan on 55 minutes, before Redmond made sure in stoppage time.
“It’s massive, massive. I think after the start we had and coming up a little bit short last week, I think it was vital that we got three points. Albeit, they had a man sent off but we still needed to take care of the job,” Redmond begin.
“I think we needed to be resilient. They’ve got some powerful boys up top and at the back so we needed to keep them quiet and they’ve got some tidy players. It was a very good game and despite them going to ten men they still tried to play football.
“You have to say fair play to them but at the same time we had to be intelligent, be smart and break them down as the game went on.”
After scoring nine goals in the 2018/19 campaign and being named as Saints’ Player of the Year, the forward was naturally pleased to get off the mark at the Amex
He added: “I’m trying to score as many goals as possible but it’s about my work ethic for the team first and foremost.
“When we’ve got Ingsy, Che, Moussa coming on and Sofiane coming on then you’ve got goals all around the front of the park. I think we’ll never be short of goals, I think we just have to work hard.”