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Hassenhuttl Heaps Praise On Michael Obafemi Following First Saints Goal

On Saturday Irish striker Michael Obafemi became Southampton’s youngest ever goalscorer after he grabbed the Saints’ third in their 1-3 win over relegation rivals Huddersfield.

The 18-year-old came off the bench at the John Smith Stadium to help his new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl secure his second victory in a row and lift Southampton further away from the relegation zone.

Obafemi coolly slotted home his first goal following good play Nathan Redmond who won the ball and played it to the Irish international, who despite still having plenty to do, calmly finished past Jonas Lossl in the Terriers’ goal.

Following the game, a clearly delighted Ralph Hassenhuttl was full of praise for Obafemi outlining that the young striker’s speed gave his side something different going forward.

“His speed gives us a little bit more opportunity,” said Hasenhuttl. “He had two or three more chances.

“I’m happy for him. He’s a cool guy, he has quality and I think after his injury coming back with the goal is perfect for him.”

Hassenhuttl has clearly had a huge impact on Southampton since his arrival at St Mary’s with Southampton scoring six goals in their previous two games having struggled for goals earlier in the season.

Speaking to the media after the win Obafemi explained that it was a “surreal” feeling to have finally grabbed his first Premier League goal after a couple of missed chances in previous games.

“I’m extremely delighted and I’m thankful to Redders for setting me up as well,” he said. “The manager told me to just run! Nah he told me to get after them and to get myself a goal and show them what I can do. I was thankful to come onto the pitch.

“The goal felt surreal. I didn’t think I’d done it because obviously, I’d missed a couple of chances, Tottenham last year, Leicester in the cup and also Fulham but I’m thankful to have scored my first goal today.

“I could’ve had three or four really but I’m just happy to have scored my first.”

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here [email protected]