Olufela Olomola says his goal in Southampton’s Checkatrade Trophy win at Colchester United capped a great week.
The striker was named on the bench for the first team’s games against Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Leicester City, before leading the line for Martin Hunter’s side against the U’s.
Olomola scored the winning goal at the Weston Homes Community Stadium to put Saints in a great position to progress beyond the group stages.
And the striker says the winning goal was the perfect way to round off a big week on an individual level.
“It’s been a good week for myself being in and around the first team, but I have to keep working hard for the Under-23s and hopefully my chances will come,” Olomola said.
“I saw Simsy running to the byline and the defenders had gone deep, so I held my run and found myself in a good position. Thankfully I scored.”
Olomola was also pleased with the team’s performance, as they showed their character against the League 2 outfit.
“We are delighted with the three points. Colchester were strong and physical. They’re good at what they do, so to get the three points is a great feeling,” he added.
“It’s always good to make a positive start and it’s something we talk about in the dressing room before every game. It was really good to get that early goal.
“Getting that goal calms any nerves and gives us a good platform to go and play.
“You can see our character. We’re not a team that will just roll over when things get hard for us.
“They are a lot more direct and physical than teams in our league, so we have to be smarter with how we approach the game.”