Sam McQueen hailed the ‘amazing’ atmosphere surrounding St Mary’s in Southampton’s 2-1 win over Internazionale on Thursday.
Youngster McQueen was brought back into the side from the start and played the full game at left back as Saints earned a memorable victory over the Italians in the UEFA Europa League clash.
Claude Puel’s men were backed by a capacity crowd with flags handed to every supporter to greet the teams onto the pitch, which is something that stuck with McQueen throughout the game.
“It was very special,” he said. “It was a huge occasion for us and it felt amazing walking out there. It was amazing to see everyone waving the flags.
“It was a special moment walking out and it was a fantastic game for us.”
Saints went a goal down before staging a second half comeback to see off Inter with a strike from Virgil van Dijk and an own goal from Inter’s Yuto Nagamoto.
“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves,” McQueen acknowledged. “We dominated the game again as we did at Inter, but we create good chances and we just need to start taking them earlier on in games, to settle our nerves and dominate games.
“To come back from 1-0 down at half time was huge for us and I think it’s a good thing for us to hold on to because I think we’re going to need that for a bit of confidence and it’s a big morale boost for the squad.
“It was massive for us because we were chasing the points in the group to try and top the group which I think is what we’re aiming for, and we were so frustrated with the result with the result that we got at the San Siro, to get the win tonight was the most important thing.”
The full back was also involved in an incident towards the end of the first half when a penalty was awarded for a handball offence inside the area. Antonio Candreva took it upon himself to rough up the penalty spot which McQueen put a stop to before Dušan Tadić stepped up from 12 yards.
“I saw Candreva was stood on the penalty spot and trying to dig it up with his feet as some players do nowadays which I think is a stupid thing to do,” he said.
“I just went over to try and stop him, push him away a bit and I felt a clear elbow on my jaw which is a stupid reaction from him. I try to be an honest player so I didn’t want to go down, but I did drop to my knees, which was a bit stupid from me, but I think we were unlucky for him not to get a red.”