Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn is confident of cementing his number one status after ousting Alex McCarthy at St Mary’s. The 23-year-old has repaid the faith of Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl by keeping three clean sheets in six Premier League games to help push the club away from relegation danger.
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Gunn was initially forced to be patient following a £13.5million summer switch from Manchester City and did not make his top-flight debut until January’s goalless draw at Chelsea. The more experienced McCarthy was then recalled for five games but Gunn has since won back the gloves and, following Saturday’s crucial 1-0 success at south coast rivals Brighton, has no intention of going back to warming the substitutes’ bench.
“It was tough (being dropped after the Chelsea game) but I had that taste then so I had the focus and I knew I could do it,” said the England Under-21 international. “I always believed in myself and thankfully it didn’t take too long to come back around. I’m just happy that we’re picking up results now and hopefully we can finish on a high.
“I’ve played the last four or five games in the league and picked up a good amount of points and I feel quite settled. I’m more than confident to keep my place and hopefully we can keep keeping clean sheets and winning games.”