McCarthy: We never lost faith

By SFC Media Mon 14 May Saints v Man City
Photo by Matt Watson | Alex McCarthy

It's been a season of mixed fortunes for Alex McCarthy, who began the campaign blighted by niggling injuries, but ended it with a series of game-saving performances as Saints' first-choice stopper.

Named the club's Player of the Season this week, McCarthy has made 23 appearances since December, a career-high in the Premier League, claiming seven clean sheets in that time.

His consistency has been vital to Saints' survival push in recent weeks, with the keeper himself noting that the fight and "belief" never dwindled in the dressing room.

"It's nice to say now the season has finished that we'll be playing Premier League football next year," McCarthy explained. "Obviously for me personally, it's been great to get game time.

"I had a frustrating time to begin with, with injuries, but it's nice to get 23 games and be contributing to the team.

"I came in against Man United, which was obviously a big game but sometimes it's better to start that way. The momentum started to kick in, and when the new manager came in, he's turned things around for us.

"He's been a breath of fresh air, we've stuck together as a team and the belief was always there!"

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