It’s great to be back, says O’Connor

By SFC Media Fri 25 Aug Saints v Blackburn

Thomas O’Connor has expressed his delighted at being back fit and available for Southampton Under-23s.

The 18-year-old midfielder missed the end of last season due to a hamstring injury, but returned on Monday night to play the final ten minutes away at Wolves.

“It was really good to get a few minutes,” started O’Connor.

“I had a hamstring injury near the end of last season, so it’s been almost four months that I have been out for. I am just glad to be back out playing and training now.

“It’s felt like a long time with all the hard work that you have to put in to get back fit and playing, so it was nice to get back out on the pitch.

“Hopefully I can get a few more minutes against Blackburn and can keep playing and training to impress the coaches and get back in the team.”

With his first minutes under his belt, O’Connor is now looking ahead to hosting Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2 this evening.

And the Irishman is hopeful that Saints can bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Wolves on Monday night.

“Obviously they [Blackburn] have had two good results to start of their season,” he continued.

“So we know it is going to be a tough game, but we are hoping to bounce back after the defeat last week and give it a really good go.

“We conceded from two set-pieces on Monday, so I think that is a big area that we want to work on. That and being better on the ball to create more chances.”

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