Vokins: Buzzing to get the opportunity

By SFC Media time Thu 16 Jul Saints v Brighton
Photo by Matt Watson | Jake Vokins

Young defender Jake Vokins described his first Premier League start as 'a very proud moment', playing his part in Southampton's 1-1 draw with Brighton on Thursday evening.

Neal Maupay gave Brighton the lead early in the first period, but Saints rallied after the interval to produce a dominant second 45 minutes, and arguably should have secured all three points.

Vokins was one of five changes made ahead of kick-off, but went on to complete the tie, and despite the result, explains how the game will live long in his memory.

"I'm just buzzing to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League," reflected the 20-year-old. "It's a very proud moment for me and my family tonight."

I just wanted to prepare last night and during the day today. to make sure I gave my best in tonight's game.

Jake Vokins

"We definitely had chances to get the three points tonight. They scored with their most clear-cut chance. After a good second-half performance I think we definitely deserved the three points.

"The intensity was a bit different [between the halves] and obviously we made a few changes so we had to get into our stride a bit. But I think second half we came out and improved.

"It’s been a good experience being with the first-team. I’ve enjoyed travelling to the away games and watching Ryan Bertrand from the bench and learning from him. Obviously with the packed schedule we knew players would need to be rested and we’d have to step up and perform when given the opportunity.

"I thought I held my own. I thought I had a good performance. I’m happy to have contributed to the team getting a point tonight."

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