Afolabi high on confidence after Arsenal strike

By SFC Media Tue 17 Jan Saints U23 vs Arsenal U23
Photo by Naomi Baker | Jonathan Afolabi celebrates

Jonathan Afolabi was delighted to net his first strike for Southampton Under-23s against Arsenal at Staplewood Campus.

The 17-year-old striker made it two in as many games, having bagged in the FA Youth Cup against Wigan last week, to give Saints the lead just before the interval.

“I saw the ball drop down from Gardos in the area,” explained Afolabi.

“Then I just tried to hit it and get it on target to see what happened - thankfully it went in and I got my reward.

“I have gone a long way without scoring, 8 or 9 games, so to get two goals has really boosted my confidence. Hopefully I can keep going now.”

Afolabi’s first-half strike was soon cancelled out by the visitors after the break, however. 

As goals from Stephy Mavididi, Eddie Nketiah and Chris Willock secured a comeback victory for the Gunners.

“We got off to a great start,” continued Afolabi.

“We set them on the back foot and pressed high. It paid off and we got a good goal out of it - it could have been two, really.

“I thought we did well in the first half but we dropped off in the second and got punished. We have to learn from those mistakes.”

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