Free-scoring forward Marcus Barnes insists seeing the ball hit the back of the net is a feeling impossible to describe, after heading the only goal of the game as Southampton Under-23s overcame their West Brom counterparts at St Mary’s.
The victory was the young Saints’ third on the spin in Premier League 2, and wide man Barnes has scored in all three.
The 21-year-old was in the right place at the right time to nod home Will Smallbone’s corner from close range on the hour.
“There’s nothing better for me than scoring goals, and I just want to continue doing that in every game, but the main priority is winning,” he said.
“I don’t think any goal feels different – whenever I score it’s the best feeling, I can’t really describe how it is.
“Every game I go into, I just want to score as many goals as I can.
“Being in the right place at the right time, I’m getting a bit lucky, but I just have to keep finding spaces and keep hitting the target.”
Barnes puts the team’s upturn in fortunes down to improved understanding of each other’s games.
“As the season goes on, the team gets a bit more cohesion,” he reasoned. “For us, I think it’s just been about learning how to play with each other and understanding each other from working together in training every day.
“Communication is key for us, so the more we talk, the easier our jobs are.”