An 18th minute stunner helped Southampton’s Under-23s to a dramatic 3-2 win over West Brom in Premier League 2, as Sam McQueen returned to action impressively after a recent injury spell.
Expertly dispatching his free-kick from 25-yards, with enough dip and swerve to fool Albion’s ‘keeper, McQueen put Saints in command, a position they continued to hold thereafter.
Explaining that he had recaptured the “enjoyment” after last night’s winning performance, the defender also expressed his desire to reenter the first-team picture, with Matt Targett currently out on loan at Championship side Fulham.
“I enjoyed it a lot, the most I’ve enjoyed a football game for a while,” McQueen said gleefully.
“A good group of boys, and we played some good stuff. It’s been tough to get minutes, the three points makes it all the more enjoyable.
“I felt comfortable and it was nice to be playing left-back. Matty [Targett] is at Fulham now, so I also need to continue to learn that position and develop.
“There is a bit of confidence there, and because I was enjoying myself, I performed better. Enjoyable moments, and remembering the things I need to work on to make the first-team regularly.
“Being ready is the key term, Bertrand obviously has been fantastic all season. And I’ve got to be there just in case there is any need for me. Keep myself fit and sharp and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity.”