I enjoyed being back on the pitch, says Clasie

By SFC Media Sat 08 Apr West Brom vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Jordy Clasie celebrates

Jordy Clasie has expressed his delight at returning to the Southampton starting eleven with a goal and a win.

The 25-year-old was given a starting berth in midfield for the trip to West Bromwich Albion and netted the game's winning goal on 25 minutes.

Though, despite his own match-winning effort, Clasie admitted he was just pleased to help Saints to all three points.

"I am really proud to get the win," he started.

"Also for my own situation, as well. I think it’s always hard to come back after nine weeks not in the team.

"You want to do yourself proud and there is pressure, but you tell yourself you just need to be focussed and play well. I enjoyed being back on the pitch today."

Clasie’s strike was his first Premier League goal since joining Southampton from Feyenoord in 2015.

And it had an uncanny resemblance to the one he netted during Saints’ EFL Cup victory over Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

"It was a bit similar," Clasie continued.

"I saw Dušan turn so shouted and the ball was perfect for my right foot. From there all you can do is it hit it good, which I managed to do.

“Of course it was nice to play and score, but the most important thing today was to win and get the three points.”

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