U21 REACTION: McCarthy grateful for fans’ backing

By SFC Media time Tue 21 Apr B Team

Jason McCarthy was happy to reward the strong turnout of support at St Mary’s with a cup final success on Monday evening.

The Under-21s skipper praised the influence of those who backed the team both in the lead up to the final and during the success, as Saints saw off Blackburn Rovers 2-1 after extra-time.

A total of 12,356 fans flocked to St Mary’s for the showpiece, and McCarthy was delighted to get the right result for them.

“It was outstanding,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “We had all the hype before kick-off and it gave us all so much and spurred us on for inspiration which we needed at times. 

“We did it the hard way, but without them it wouldn’t have been possible and it doesn’t surprise me. It was great support tonight and I’d like to thank all the fans that came.

“You can’t put it into words, really. When we first started out in this competition we had high hopes and ambitions, but when you actually get your hands on the cup, it’s a different thing, and we’re all just absolutely over the moon.”

‘Macca’ admitted it was a success he’d been thinking about for some time, and described the feeling of getting his hands on his first piece of silverware with the club.

“I was asked a couple of days ago if I dreamed of that moment and of course I did, it’s a dream come true. I’ve done it and we fully deserved it. We dug deep and it’s ours now,” he said.

“This is the first thing I’ve ever won and it’s amazing. As Seager said earlier, me, him, Tiggs [Matty Targett], Jake Hesketh, we’ve all been together since the age of seven or eight and to come through together – it’s not just us though, it’s the whole squad and the subs tonight came off the bench and had a massive input, but for those who’ve been here since we were almost toddlers, it’s a big thing.”

McCarthy was also pleased to add to the reputation of the club’s Academy, which had also long been overdue a cup success.

“A victory tonight just tops it off and a trophy just shows all the hard work that the staff and the players are putting in,” he highlighted.

“It’s the Southampton Way. We’ve got a way of doing things here that we abide by and like we’ve seen tonight it’s successful and it works.”

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