A topsy-turvy game left goalscorer Jannik Vestergaard with mixed emotions in the wake of Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea, with the defender divided over his assessment of the performance.
Speaking cadidly, Vestergaard highlighted the negative moments of a ‘challenging’ first period, where Saints twice conceded to Timo Werner, but also noted the importance of a second-half fightback which earned a share of the spoils.
The visitors showed plenty of character to drag themselves back into the tie, with Vestergaard himself scoring the goal that draw the game level in the 92nd minute, but he knows improvements must be made in order to avoid a repeat of the game’s first half-hour.
“It was challenging,” the Dane reflected. “A high paced game. We were trailing them in the first half in terms of intensity and aggressiveness. They came at us fast and often, so it was a real challenge.
“We deserved to be down and had to fight our way back into the game. I was not happy with the first 30 minutes and we must delete that for the future.
“It's difficult to come back from such situations, but that we did is massive. It shows we believe in what we do and believe in each other. We showed them we can compete. Over the total 90 minutes I think we did well.
jannik vestergaardScoring in stoppage time may seem lucky but all in all it's fair.
"Based on the second half is was deserved. They asked a lot of questions that we couldn't answer early on. We created a lot of chances as the game went on and conceded much less.
"We were good in possession and pinned them back on occasions. To score in stoppage time may seem lucky but all in all it's fair that we get this result.
"I'm a bit out of practice with the celebration, I was looking for the away corner with the fans. Obviously there still aren’t fans in the stadium at the moment so that was a bit disappointing, but it was a great feeling to help the team to get the point.
"It was a matter of guiding it towards goal. Make it difficult for the goalie. I feel good, I feel confident. When everyone contributes it makes your individual job so much easier."