Southampton eased to a 2-0 victory over Watford at St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday evening, with Fraser Forster making a long awaited return to action.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper was back in action for the first time since March 2015, and he kept a clean sheet in what was an easy game for the Saints.
He only had one shot to face - a long range Craig Cathcart strike - and Southampton would have won the game even without a goalkeeper present.
Still Forster’s return has been long awaited, and fans greeted him taking to the field with delight.
He will bring a new level of stability to a Southampton team who have struggled defensively this season, and Forster will look to be the lynchpin for the Saints enjoying a strong second half to the season.
Following the game, Forster took to his personal Twitter account to react to his return and the result against the Hornets. He sent a message of thanks to the club’s fans for supporting him during his spell on the sidelines, and the stopper sounds keen to get more minutes under his belt in the coming weeks.
Great team performance tonight and a fantastic result! Delighted to be back out there doing the thing I love pic.twitter.com/5TYDL1IzxQ— Fraser Forster (@FraserForster) January 13, 2016
A huge thank you to the people who have supported me and who have worked so hard over the last 9 months to get me back playing— Fraser Forster (@FraserForster) January 13, 2016
Oriol Romeu also reacted to the result at the end of the game, with the midfielder praising the ‘very good performance’ from his teammates.