Vestergaard welcomes back winning feeling

By SFC Media time Mon 07 Dec Brighton and Hove Albion v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Jannik Vestergaard

Something that Southampton fans are becoming accustomed to this season; Jannik Vestergaard towering above fellow defenders to meet a James Ward-Prowse delivery and power a header home.

The defender’s third goal of the season levelled the scores on the stroke of half time against Brighton, as Saints' set-piece prowess was once again on show.

The Dane's strike set Saints on their way to a second 45 minutes which featured a much-improved display, capped by a Danny Ings penalty on his return from injury to seal maximum points.

Following the full-time whistle, Vestergaard was in understandably high spirits after making his mark at both ends of the pitch: “It feels a lot better than previous weeks,” he laughed. 

“But we weren’t completely happy with the first half, we got caught a little by Brighton’s pressing and couldn’t really find our way into the game.

I managed to guide it into the far corner which was a nice feeling.

Jannik Vestergaard

“We found our way, slowly and slowly, as the half progressed. We got the equaliser just before half-time and I think the second half was all ours.

“So to turn it round, like this – not starting strong and then losing points towards the end – it feels a lot better.

“I’ve been in good positions from set pieces around the box. They’ve all been different. One was a free kick from the side, the other was from a second phase and this one was a corner. It’s hard to say [how many I’ll get this year], I’m just happy that we as a team have become a threat on set pieces in general. 

“We’ve scored some goals and they count just as much as the pretty ones played out from the back. So it’s a big value to the team. It was a very good goal; it was a brilliant cross. I was quite alone so since it left his [Ward-Prowse’s] foot I knew it was coming to me.

“I managed to guide it into the far corner which was a nice feeling. I think I’m confident enough to think every time I’m up there, whether it’s Prowsey or someone else putting the cross in, if the ball comes in my area I can beat my man.

“But with Prowsey putting them as precisely as he does, every time really, obviously raises the chance but we’ve still got to finish them.”


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