Young midfielder Jake Hesketh netted his first senior goal to help Southampton to a 2-0 success against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup at St Mary’s.
Saints were set on their way to a third straight home victory in all competitions and a place into the Fourth Round when Charlie Austin dispatched a penalty beyond the reach of Wayne Hennessey for his fourth goal in three games.
And when Shane Long saw his effort parried away by Hennessey just after the hour mark, Hesketh was alive to the rebound and delivered the killer blow against former Saints boss Alan Pardew's side.
Victory ensured that the Saints fine record against Palace continues, having previously won seven of their last ten matches across all competitions against the Eagles.
IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL AND IT'S A NIGHT I'VE DREAMED OF SINCE I WAS YOUNGER.JAKE HESKETH
WE LOOK TO WIN EVERY GAME AND THIS IS THE FIRST COMPETITION AWAY FROM THE LEAGUE THAT WE CAN LOOK TO WIN.HARRISON REED
I THINK IT IS VERY INTERESTING FOR THE FUTURE AND WE CAN GIVE ALSO GAME TIME FOR THE YOUNG PLAYERS, LIKE REED OR HESKETH.CLAUDE PUEL