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Targett named January Player of the Month

Matt Targett with his Player of the Month trophy

Image by: Matt Watson/Southampton FC


16:39 15th February 2016

Matt Targett says he’s over the moon to have been named by fans as Southampton’s Player of the Month for January.

Targett pipped James Ward-Prowse, Steven Davis and Shane Long to the award, denying Long the chance to win it twice in a row.

The Saints Academy graduate came into the side after defeat to Norwich City and helped Saints win three league games in a row.

That run of form coincided with a change of formation for Ronald Koeman’s men, as Targett lined up at wing-back.

The 3-5-2 formation saw Saints record three clean sheets in a row, shutting out Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United during that time.

Speaking of his award to, Targett said: “I’m over the moon to win the Player of the Month award.

“January was a massive month for us as a team and for me as an individual. I’m really happy to get the award.

“I think being part of the four nominees gave me lots of confidence. I didn’t think I’d actually win it so it has been great.

“I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who has voted and hopefully I can carry on the good form.”

The 20 year-old believes playing at as a left wing-back has helped him develop as a player in recent weeks.

“I’m enjoying it,” he affirmed. “When the manager said he wanted to change formation, he put Ryan at left-sided centre-back and me at wing-back.

“It gave me a lot of confidence and with Ryan behind me it gives me the belief to push on because I know he’s got my back.”

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