The 27-year-old netted his first goal for the club since securing a £13 million transfer from Roma and was happy to begin paying back the faith shown in him by supporters
The Italy international, having failed to net in his first four appearances for the south coast outfit, finally bagged a goal in the Saints' 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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"I was waiting for this goal since I started to play and I'm doubly happy because of the goal, and also because we got the victory," he told Southampton's official website.
"I was happy with this and as I have said before, I will be doing everything to score to help us in our next matches.
"Not only for the goal, but since I arrived here, the fans have been fantastic with me.
"They show me every time their love for me and I wanted to start paying back with goals if possible, but if not, then with attitude on the pitch."