It was certainly a Premier League debut to remember for Jan Bednarek.
The Southampton defender, who replaced the suspended Jack Stephens, helped himself to a goal to put Saints 2-0 up against last year’s champions Chelsea as his times sought a vital three points to help stave of relegation from the league.
However, Mark Hughes’ Saints went on to concede three goals in eight minutes to fall 3-2 and leave St. Mary’s with nothing.
In 90 minutes, the young Polish international experienced the highs and lows typical to Southampton fans.
“I was really happy that I could help the team and become a Premier League player,” told the OS. “But now I am not because on my debut we have lost, and the result is the most important thing.
“It’s really nice to score a goal, but it’s about the score after the game and we’ve conceded three goals. We need to improve but I think we can get points in the next games.
“We were really compact and we worked really hard and that was the positive side of the game. We have to improve some simple things then we will be better.”
Now, Bednarek and his teammates face two crucial matches this week. First, Southampton travel to the Midlands to take on Claude Puel’s Leicester City, before playing Chelsea again in the FA Cup semi-final.
“We have a lot of games, but I think we are ready for it, we can’t wait for it, and we will be positive,” he said.