ANGUS Gunn is ready to cement his spot as Saints’ number one goalkeeper.

Gunn made his Premier League debut in the goalless draw with Chelsea on Thursday night and is set to keep his spot against Derby County in the FA Cup third round this afternoon.

And after arriving in the summer from Manchester City in a £13.5m deal, the 22-year-old is desperate to stay in the first team thereafter.

“That’s the ultimate goal,” Gunn revealed.“There has been quite a lot of rotation the last few weeks with him [Ralph Hasenhuttl] trying to get to know all the lads, but when you get your chance you’ve got to take it.

“But hopefully with my performances I can put my name on the teamsheet and get as many appearances as I can.

“It’s one of those things where if you get into some form, you hope to keep the position, but you never know. Hopefully, I’ve done that.

“You have to get your head down and that’s what I’ll be doing. I came here with a clear mind and a positive head. I wanted to make my Premier League debut and I’ve done that against Chelsea. Now I want more and more.

“For a goalkeeper, clean sheets are the main thing. You can win games and concede a goal, but if you keep a clean sheet you can’t lose a match.

“The Premier League is what you dream about when you are young and to make my debut at Stamford Bridge is an extra big thing for me. I just took it in my stride and hopefully I impressed the manager. 

“It will definitely be one of the games that I remember.”

Alex McCarthy dislodged Fraser Forster as Saints’ number one just over a year ago and Gunn admitted he didn’t expect to walk straight into the first team when he joined the club.

“I definitely thought I had to be patient,” he added.

“Alex [McCarthy] performed very well last season and at the start of this season, so I always knew I had to bide my time.

“I managed to do that and I’m just thankful I got my chance in the end.”

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed in the build-up to today’s FA Cup match that he would make a number of changes to the team that played against Chelsea.

However, he was keen to point out that Gunn won’t be one of the players who will miss out as he wants to give him two games in a row.

And because of this, Saints’ summer signing is keen to progress into the next round, but revealed the Premier League is still the club’s priority.

Gunn said: “It’s not going to be easy going there [Derby] as they are in good form at the moment.

“We played them in pre-season and they gave us a bit of a drubbing to be fair, so we are full of respect for them. We have to play our own game and hopefully get through to the next round.

“We want to get a positive result so that we can take it into our next Premier League game.

“Premier League survival is a massive thing and that has to be prioritised, but last season the cup run probably helped Saints stay up because of the positivity winning games creates.”