Sadio Mané was delighted to put a difficult few months behind him with a sensational two-goal performance in Southampton's stunning 3-2 win over Liverpool.
The forward had not scored for the side since netting in the 6-1 home defeat to the Reds in the Capital One Cup in early December, but came off the bench at half time today to help spark an incredible comeback victory, as Saints stormed from 2-0 down to claim a huge three points.
Mané put the disappointment of missing a penalty early in the second half behind him by producing a brilliant finish across goal to pull one back and then coolly slotting home in the dying stages to win it, shortly after Graziano Pellè had equalised.
"It was not easy for me, because I've had a hard few months," Mané told Southampton's official YouTube channel. "It was great for me, but the more important is the team and that the team wins and I am happy for that.
"I said it two days ago it was not easy, but I never doubted in my head. This can happen in football and I have to believe it and try to keep going and work hard every day in training."
On his penalty, which was saved by Simon Mignolet after Pellè had been fouled by Martin Skrtel, Mané said: "I missed the penalty, but I always believed. You have to believe in football, so I want to thank the performance of the team, because it's the whole team who worked hard. We always try to give our best and finally we got the reward.
"In football you can miss, but afterwards you have to keep your head high and try to keep going. I was pushing by my team, especially Victor, José, everybody was giving their best and that was the most important, and finally we win.
"The first goal it was a good pass from Graziano and I tried to push the ball one time, then I shoot and I get the goal. The second goal was the same and I want to thank all the team and especially Graziano, because he gave me the pass then to score."