Sam McQueen says he got what he wanted out of his Premier League debut, after helping the team to a 3-1 win over Burnley.
Youngster McQueen entered the action as a 14th-minute substitute for Matt Targett, after the left-back went off injured.
Having featured for the first-team throughout pre-season, McQueen was ready for his opportunity and felt comfortable out on the pitch.
“I just enjoyed it to be fair, which is what I wanted to get out of it for my Premier League debut,” he said. “I didn’t want to overthink it or anything.
"I just wanted to play well and do my best, which I got to do, so I just enjoyed every second that I was out there.
“I knew beforehand that he [Targett] had been injured leading up to the game, but he felt 100 per cent ready for the game and I was just on my toes and ready in case anything happened and it did, but I hope he’s alright and not too bad.
“It meant I got my chance, which is fantastic, and I’m just grateful that I’ve been given an opportunity and I’ll try now to get a few more.”
Upon entering the action, McQueen was given a rousing reception from the St Mary’s faithful, while the youngster added that he was well supported by his teammates on the pitch too.
“I thought I’d be more nervous,” he admitted. “But the boys were fantastic and, when I came on, they encouraged me and spoke to me, giving me every bit of advice that they could, which made it easy.
“You do what you’ve been training to do and what you’ve practised for years, and the rest came naturally.
“It’s what people always talk about with Southampton, is the academy and people coming through and players playing together.
"Coming on for Matt, a fellow academy player, is special and I gave him a hug as I came on to see that he was alright. Even though he was coming off, he wished me all the best, which was really nice.”
I didn’t want to overthink it or anything I just wanted to play well, do my best which I got to do.SAM MCQUEEN