We put in a shift and got our reward, says Afolabi

By SFC Media Tue 15 Aug Saints v Reading
Photo by Matt Watson | Jonathan Afolabi

Southampton Under-23s more than deserved their opening day Premier League 2 win over Reading, according to Jonathan Afolabi.

The 17-year-old, who netted twice in the 4-0 victory at St Mary’s, was delighted to be able to open the new season on such good terms.

“We are all buzzing after that result,” he started.

“It was a great performance from everyone. We put in a shift right from the beginning tonight and got the reward for it.

“Personally, I was really pleased to also get two goals. It was a good way to boost my confidence and start the season.”

Afolabi was twice assisted by Tyreke Johnson in the win over Reading, and the striker was full of praise for his former Under-18s team mate.

“I know where he likes to put the ball so I always try to make sure I can get myself there,” he continued.

“I played a lot with him last year in the Under-18s and we have done a lot of crossing and finishing drills together.

“He played really well tonight and put in a good shift down the left wing. I was happy for him to get on the score sheet too – he really deserved his goal.”