Josh Sims reflected on a ‘perfect debut’ as he set up Southampton’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Everton at St Mary’s.
Charlie Austin’s strike came after just 41 seconds when Sims helped on Cédric’s right-wing cross for the striker to head home.
And Sims continued to impress after that superb start, before being replaced by Sam McQueen late on to a standing ovation from all corners of the stadium.
“The whole experience was brilliant and the crowd singing my name was the cherry on top.
“It was unreal really the whole evening and at the end of the day we got the three points which is what we came for.
“Luckily the chance, it was really a shot, to Charlie came early and when the crowd sing your name it gives you so much confidence and I was playing with so much enjoyment out there.
“That settled me down and the lads gave me a few tips before the game. The lads played really well which helped me too.”
The winger, who has scored five goals in nine appearances for the Under-23s so far this season, had little time to think too much about his Premier League bow – as he explains.
“It was just before kick-off which probably benefitted me instead of overthinking things.
“It was a mixture of nerves and excitement but I wanted to keep things simple at the beginning and work myself into the game.
“There’s a lot of excitement there which can work both ways and you can do things you don’t normally do.
“I just played how I usually would and lucky I did well. We needed the three points and to get the clean sheet was even better so it was perfect for me.”