Bitter debut for Southampton’s Slattery

DERBY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Callum Slattery of Southampton holds off Max Bird of Derby County during the FA Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Southampton at Pride Park on January 5, 2019 in Derby, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
DERBY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Callum Slattery of Southampton holds off Max Bird of Derby County during the FA Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Southampton at Pride Park on January 5, 2019 in Derby, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The new Saints signing was part of the 1-1 draw between his side and Burnley on Saturday’s English Premier League fixture.

Southampton and Burnley tied 1-1 in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.

Nathan Redmon scored for the Saints in the 55th minute, but a penalty by Ashley Barnes in the last play of the match helped Burnley draw the match.

And for Callum Slattery, losing two points left him with mixed emotions, after making his first Premier League debut.

“I’m very pleased,” he said to Southampton’s official website.

“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,” he added.

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“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.”

“[Nathan Redmond] He’s a great player who is always giving me advice as a young player,” Slattery continued.

“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,” he concluded.

The Saints are currently in the 16th position of the English Premier League standings with 24 points, thanks to five wins, nine draws and 11 loses.

The team is near the relegation zone, ahead just for a couple of points of its rivals.

Next week they will host Cardiff City, and then will visit Arsenal while taking Fulham at home at the end of the month.