James Ward-Prowse was overcome with emotion after netting the first of his two goals in Southampton’s win against West Bromwich Albion.
Ward-Prowse’s double helped Ronald Koeman’s men to a 3-0 victory against the Baggies, curling home a stunning free-kick before adding a penalty soon after.
But it was the opener – his first goal since April 2015 and only his third for Southampton – that almost had the midfielder in tears.
“I wanted to cry. So much hard work goes into it and so many go close in games, so to finally get that feeling was great,” Ward-Prowse told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“It was a great way to start the game and I’d like to dedicate the goals to Roy Beazley, who unfortunately passed away a couple of weeks ago.
“He’s a great credit to the club and did a lot for us and the young lads coming through. The goals are for him.”
The win capped an important week for Saints, with the wins ensuring Koeman’s men picked up back-to-back victories for the first time since November.
“It’s been a big week. It started off with a bad result against Crystal Palace, but we knew this week was going to be make or break for our season,” the midfielder added.
“To pick up six points from the last two games is great. It gives us a bit of momentum now to push on.
“When you’re going through a tough period it’s all about making sure you work hard and stick together.
“We know we’re a good team, we’ve got good players and we’ve got great fans cheering us on.”