Sam Gallagher hoping to impress Ronald Koeman

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Southampton striker Sam Gallagher hopes his goal that secured his side the U21 Cup last night has caught the eye of manager Ronald Koeman. 

Koeman was in a crowd of over 12,000 at St Mary's where Saints ran out 2-1 winners against Blackburn Rovers, thanks to Gallagher's extra-time strike.

Last season Gallagher was yet another Southampton academy graduate to break into the first-team under former manager Mauricio Pochettino but has found chances this season limited owing to a number of injury problems. 

He made 20 first-team appearances as back-up to Rickie Lambert last season, but following Pochettino's departure to Tottenham Hotspur, Gallagher has seen his chances restricted under Koeman. 

Gallagher's season has also been somewhat injury ravaged, and has not been named in the senior matchday squad since Koeman's appointment. 

But the 19-year-old definitely gave Koeman an indication of what he can do on Monday night, and hopes his strike can help him force his way back into the first team.

"It was unbelievable, that's all I can really think to say. I was always thinking throughout the game it would be nice to get one and to get in the way I did was quite special to me," Gallagher told Southampton's official website. 

"Well I know they sort of watch all the under-21 games. You always know you've got to impress and do what you can to get in the first team. Hopefully he (Koeman) enjoyed that one," Gallagher added. 

Southampton welcome Tottenham to Saint Mary's this Saturday in the battle for the Europa League places. Both sides are seemingly out of reach of the Champions League spots but expect a feisty encounter as Mauricio Pochettino returns to the south cost.  

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