South coast latest: Targett honoured to wear Saints shirt; Pompey re-loan Aston Villa youngster

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Matt Targett proud to be a Southampton player

Southampton's prestigious academy just keeps rolling out player after player, and the latest on that production line is left-back Matt Targett, who faced Arsenal last night.

The youngster, aged 19 made his debut last month against Millwall, but started the 2-1 League Cup win and looked impressive as the Southampton defence resisted all attempts by the Gunners to grab an equaliser.

After the game Targett spoke of how proud he was to play for his boyhood club: "It's good to be playing in the first team after growing up as a kid supporting the club and watching all the home games.

"I've grown up supporting the club and it is always an honour pulling on the shirt. (On the Arsenal game) It was a big difference to Millwall.

"We defended well and knew we'd get chances as they're a bit inexperienced at the back. At the end we dug in well and got the win.

"The manager said from the start that he wants to take this competition very seriously so hopefully we can get far in it."

Koeman praises Mane and Gardos debuts

Sadio Mane and Florin Gardos both made their full Southampton debuts in the thrilling 2-1 League Cup win over Arsenal last night, and Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on the new recruits.

The Dutchman told the Daily Echo: “It was very positive, I think he showed his qualities and he’s very fast.

“He’s a player who likes to play one-against-one. He likes to run in space behind the defence of the opponents and that’s a great quality.

“That’s one of the qualities we missed in front until now, and he brings that in, and that’s very positive.”

Romanian centre-back signing Gardos came on as a late substitute in the 3-1 win over West Ham earlier this month, but got his first start last night and Koeman was happy with the way the former Steaua Bucharest man performed.

“I’m happy about him, because when he came he was injured,” said the 51-year-old. “It was a hamstring injury and we had to wait for his 100 per cent physical state and now he is and now he can show the qualities why we bring him to Southampton."

Aston Villa youngster Michael Drennan returns to Pompey

Villa's 20-year-old striker Michael Drennan has returned to Portsmouth on an initial one-month loan deal.

The Republic of Ireland forward impressed last season after scoring three goals in 10 games for the League Two side, and boss Andy Awford is pleased that the youngster has agreed to come back.

He told the Portsmouth website: ""Michael was with us last season, so knows how we work here.

"He also knows where the back of the net is, so we're delighted to welcome him back to Pompey."

Highly-rated Brighton keeper could get loan move

Big things are expected of young Brighton goalkeeper Chris Walton, but boss Sami Hyypia has admitted he may need to go out on loan to gain some first team football experience.

The Liverpool legend told the BBC: "When you are young, you need games. It is very good that he gets experience in the development squad and plays many games.

"We have been thinking maybe a short loan deal would be good for him."

The 18-year-old England under-20 international has not yet made his debut for Brighton having been signed from Plymouth Argyle early last year.

The youngster had attracted the interest of Premier League elite duo Arsenal and Man City earlier this year but committed his future the Seagulls by signing a four-year-deal this summer. 

Bournemouth boss praises League Cup win

Eddie Howe has revealed his delight at the 3-0 thumping of newly relegated side Cardiff City yesterday.

The game was all but over after 35 minutes as two goals from Dan Gosling and one from Charlie Daniels made it 3-0 before the interval.

Howe told the BBC how pleased he was to see Bournemouth's supremacy turn into goals:

"You could see the power of the second goal, we have been playing as well as that and not turned our supremacy into goals and that's the difference today.

"We were clinical, we took our goals very well..."

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