Callum Slattery was left with mixed emotions after making his full Premier League debut in Southampton’s 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday.
Understandably proud of achieving a significant milestone in his young career, the midfielder admitted Ashley Barnes’s last-gasp penalty took the shine off his day.
Slattery played the full 90 minutes of Saints’ FA Cup third round tie at Derby, and had four appearances to his name in all competitions before being handed his first league start at Turf Moor.
“I’m very pleased,” he said. “It’s a proud day to get a full 90 in the Premier League and a first start, so it’s a great feeling, but it’s bittersweet not to come away with three points.
“I thought I did well – I got stuck in and I wasn’t in fear of the crowd or the game. It’s a tough place to come, but I thought I did well in the game.
“I’m loving it. We’re learning every day under the manager, and from being in and around the first-team boys. Hopefully we can keep kicking on.”
Saints took a 55th minute lead in Lancashire through a fine individual goal from Nathan Redmond – his sixth in his last ten games.
“He’s a great player who is always giving me advice as a young player,” Slattery said of the in-form winger.
“It’s great to play up alongside him and behind him, and see what he can do. Nath’s a player who’s capable of that in every game.
“As soon as he gets the ball he’s a danger, and it’s good for the rest of the team that he’s in this form. Hopefully he can keep it up.”