Ryan Seager was delighted to make his return from an 11-month injury lay off and score during Southampton Under-23s’ 4-2 defeat to Reading.
Despite having endured a gruelling recovery from injury, it only took the Saints striker a matter of minutes before he had the ball in the net once again.
“On a personal note, it’s great to get back out there,” Seager explained.
“I’ve been waiting for it for ages, so for it to come and then to get a penalty so quickly – I just wanted to take it and score!
“To make it 3-1 is never the best circumstances to score, but when you’ve been out it doesn’t matter when or how you score, it’s about getting that feeling back.
“A lot of hard work has gone into the past eleven months with Sparksy the physio and Tom the fitness coach, so I am just buzzing to be back now.”
Seager replaced Armani Little on the 56th minute, as Saints trailed 3-0 to the Royals at Hogwood Park.
And although the 20-year-old was able to spark a late push with his converted spot kick, it was not enough to see Saints come away with any points.
“Obviously it’s a disappoint result,” he continued.
“I think the set-plays cost us the game today. We had a sloppy start and then never really recovered properly from it in the first half.
“We looked lively in the first ten minutes or so of the second half, but then they got that killer third goal and it was backs against the wall for us after that.”