A good guy off the pitch and a talented goalkeeper on it! Angus Gunn has been in the news for delivering pizzas to NHS workers at his local hospital, so we thought we’d celebrate his best moments so far in a Southampton shirt…
5. Late heroics preserve a point
31st August 2019
Ten-man Saints were hanging on against Manchester United at St Mary’s at the end of August following the second-half dismissal of Kevin Danso for a second bookable offence. With the scores level at 1-1, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men would have to dig deep to preserve a precious point, but were coming under increasing pressure in stoppage time. United substitute Mason Greenwood looked to make an impact with some neat footwork on the edge of the penalty area, before setting his sights with a curling left-footed shot towards the far corner that was creeping in until Gunn intervened with two strong palms to help his team see the job through.
4. Stretching down low to stop Lukaku
2nd March 2019
Another fine save to keep out United, this time Old Trafford was the stage for Gunn to excel himself. In contrast to his late heroics against Greenwood, this time the goalkeeper would have to be on his toes straight from kick-off, as an in-form home team attacked with purpose and carved out an early chance for Romelu Lukaku. When Paul Pogba’s low pass was deflected into his path by Saints skipper Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, the Belgian took a couple of touches to shift the ball on to his favoured left foot and drilled a powerful low shot that was destined for the bottom corner, only for Gunn to get down sharply to make a stunning one-handed save.
3. Frustrating Hazard on his top-flight debut
1st January 2019
Conceding only one goal in three Carabao Cup appearances in his debut season, Gunn had earned his chance to don the gloves in the Premier League for the very first time, as Saints made the daunting trip to Stamford Bridge under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. It would prove a memorable night for the rookie shot-stopper, then just 22 years of age, who produced a man-of-the-match display to keep another clean sheet as Saints held the hosts to a goalless draw. The pick of his saves denied star man Eden Hazard, who took a ball over the top beautifully in his stride and fired goalwards all in one movement, but Gunn’s reactions were up to the task, raising his hands above his head just in time to thwart Chelsea’s talisman.
2. Denying Walcott from the spot
2nd October 2018
The most memorable of those aforementioned Carabao Cup appearances came at Goodison Park, a traditionally unhappy hunting ground for Saints, who ended a 21-year hoodoo without victory on the blue side of Merseyside. Gunn played a major part, as progression was sealed in a penalty shoot-out in which he crucially denied former Saint Theo Walcott from Everton’s fourth spot-kick. Diving low to his left, the keeper pushed the ball to safety and gave Cédric the opportunity to win the tie with the very next kick. This was one of three shoot-outs Saints would be involved in 2018/19, also going the distance at Leicester in the next round, as well as against Derby in the FA Cup at St Mary’s.
1. Remarkable reflexes at Newcastle
20th April 2019
For all the saves Gunn has made in his 30 Saints appearances to date, this has to be the pick of them. His concentration needed to be spot on, even before the shot came in, because the ball looked to be out of play before Newcastle’s Christian Atsu dug out a cross from the left at St James’ Park. When Ryan Bertrand headed it away, Isaac Hayden connected sweetly on the volley with a vicious strike that took a mean deflection off Maya Yoshida, who was stood on the penalty spot. It didn’t leave Gunn much time to react, but somehow he stuck out a big left hand just in time to keep the ball out of his net.