McQueen hails quality on show in U23s victory

By SFC Media Tue 17 Oct Saints v Newcastle
Photo by Matt Watson | Sam McQueen

After inclusion in Mauricio Pellegrino's matchday squad at the weekend, Sam McQueen marked his return to Under-23s football with a brace in a comfortable victory over Newcastle at St Mary's.

Under the spotlight in a more attacking role, the 22-year-old was tasked with providing added threat in the final third, and he did just that by netting either side of half-time as Saints registered six on the night.

Reflecting on his contribution, the winger said: "Personally very happy to score two goals, a bit of a change of position for me, so to get on the scoresheet was what I aimed for.

"As a team, good performance overall, bit sloppy at times in the second half, but we showed our quality individually.

"They [Newcastle] changed formation which we didn't deal with, and maybe got a bit complacent at times. We weren't playing forward enough. We'll learn from that and next time we're in a comfortable positing and dominating we'll finish it off.

"I want to stay in the [first-team] matchday squad, there is a lot of competition for places at this club, which is a great thing. Personally I want to push Berty and keep him on his toes."

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