Date: 28th November 2016 at 5:41pm
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Youngster Josh Sims has reflected on his full Premier League debut in the game against Everton at the weekend and he knows it was basically the ‘perfect day’ for him.

Coming in for his starting bow, Sims played a huge part in the three point return having provided the assist for Charlie Austin after only 41 seconds of the game having been played, and with further efforts on the day giving him a fantastic full bow – he knew how special it was to have received a standing ovation from the home faithful late on when Sam McQueen replaced him.

Speaking to saintsfc in his own post game press conference, he obviously delighted with his efforts on the day.

‘The whole experience was brilliant and the crowd singing my name was the cherry on top. It was unreal really the whole evening and at the end of the day we got the three points which is what we came for. Luckily the chance, it was really a shot, to Charlie came early and when the crowd sing your name it gives you so much confidence and I was playing with so much enjoyment out there. That settled me down and the lads gave me a few tips before the game. The lads played really well which helped me too.’

With five goals in nine appearances for the Under 23 side this campaign, Sims went on to say that being drafted into the matchday squad, he wasn’t expecting to play so the lateness of his selection he felt probably aided him as he didn’t really have time to panic.

‘It was just before kick-off which probably benefited me instead of overthinking things. It was a mixture of nerves and excitement but I wanted to keep things simple at the beginning and work myself into the game. There`s a lot of excitement there which can work both ways and you can do things you don`t normally do. I just played how I usually would and lucky I did well. We needed the three points and to get the clean sheet was even better so it was perfect for me.’

Charlie Austin was also interviewed post game by the Saints’ media team, and he had praise for the youngster and for the assist he handed him on the day.

‘He had no fear to go out and do what he does best. He deserved what he did today. I don`t know whether it was going in but as a goalscorer it was there for me to put it in, but it was a great performance from Josh today!’

Austin added.

‘It was a big game today and we needed to get the three points. I thought we controlled the game after the early goal but if we don`t get the second sometimes you get done with a sucker punch. We held on and we defended great from the goalkeeper right up to the attack and we deserved to win.’

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