Goalscoring Duo Reflect On Vital West Brom Win
Southampton goalscorers Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse have both been giving their thoughts on how the side dug in to take a valuable victory over West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
With the hosts at The Hawthorns taking the lead, before Southampton battled back to a three one and then three two advantage by the full time whistle after Mario Lemina got us back on level terms, Stephens was delighted to keep his own goalscoring form going as he made it three goals in the last three games, he told saintsfc that he felt he had to make amends for losing his man when they opened up the scoring through Ahmed Hegazi.
'It was one of them where as soon as you head it you know it's going to go in. Obviously, Prowsey put in a great ball, as he usually does, and it's all about getting the timing on your run and thankfully I did that. I was disappointed with West Brom's opening goal - he was my man - so it's nice to make up for it.'
Speaking more about the overall performance, he went on to say.
'I think going into the break 2-1 up made a big difference and gave the dressing room a big boost. Obviously, coming out after half-time I thought we played really well. We then gave away a sloppy goal and had to hold on for the last 20 minutes, but overall it's a great three points.'
Momentum is now the big thing for us, as Stephens points out himself.
'We need to keep going now. There's no point coming here and getting a big three points then going on losing or drawing. We need to use this to push on now and get out of the situation we're in. No one at this football club wants to be in this situation. It's down to us that we're in it, and it's only us who can get out of it.'
With Ward-Prowe's set piece being our third on the day, he credited the attitude of the side to 'dig deep' to come from the goal behind.
'We knew it was going to be tough here, but it's an important three points. No matter how we won the game, it's just important that we dug in deep. Ok, we've not been playing the best of football, but we dug in together and got the vital three points.'
With a small disagreement with Sofiane Boufal about who was to take the set piece, JWP laughed that off and said it just showed how everyone wants to play their part in turning our season around and for those who saw, Boufal was first to him in celebration when it nestled in the back of the net.
'There's a bit of competition for the free-kicks, but it shows how passionate we all are. There's a good feeling around the team and all the lads want to do well to help the team. Thankfully for me, I was able to do that today, but Sofiane played brilliantly and did his part as well.'
With the victory lifting us out of the bottom three, we have to build on it now.