Dušan Tadić was happy to register his first goal of the season in Southampton’s 3-0 win at West Ham United on Sunday.
The Serbian has gone close on numerous occasions already in this campaign, but finally chalked up a goal in the second half at London Stadium with an effort that was worth the wait to put Saints 2-0 up on the Hammers.
Tadić latched onto Charlie Austin’s neat touch before bamboozling West Ham ‘keeper Adrian to the roll the ball into the net.
“In that kind of situation you try to improvise and show your qualities and, honestly, I don’t know what I do, when I’m on the pitch I just relax and play,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“I put him [Adrian] on the ground and it was a really nice first inception from the whole team, we press really good and then Charlie played a really good one-touch ball for me for the goal.”
Moments before that strike, Tadić saw a well-worked move thwarted by the West Ham ‘keeper, which the Serbian felt he could have done better with.
He said: “It was a good action where I back-heeled the ball to Cédric, and then I keep running to get on what we needed to do, which was cut the ball back and I was in that spot.
“But the ball was a little bit in between my feet and I couldn’t shoot in the other pocket. Maybe I should have taken one touch, but I felt I should have scored in that situation.”
A first goal of the season for Tadić came in what was not only back-to-back Premier League wins, but Southampton’s fourth successive victory in all competitions, and the winger wants to keep that momentum going.
“I’m really happy, but what’s more important is that we show a good team performance,” he said.
“We played better, but we will analyse everything and we’ll see what is good and what is not good. We just need to keep going and keep the momentum, that’s it, because we are on a good way.”