Ward-Prowse senses cup opportunity

By SFC Media Thu 27 Oct Saints vs Sunderland

James Ward-Prowse feels the EFL Cup is a good opportunity for Southampton to win some silverware this season.

Ward-Prowse played the duration of the 1-0 win over Sunderland to book a place in the last eight.

And with Arsenal to come in the next round, he believes there is no reason that the club can’t go all way despite that tough test.

“If you want to a competition and a cup you’ve got to beat these teams. It’s not going to be plain sailing all the way,” said Ward-Prowse.

“We’ll look forward to it because we’ve got a good record against Arsenal, particularly in the cup competitions, so that’s a positive to take there.

“It’s a chance to be successful and win a trophy. We want to win a trophy and it’s a great competition to do it in.

“We’re all clued up and we all want to do well so why not go and win it.”

Competing on a number of fronts naturally brings a plethora of different challenges, with a well-populated fixture schedule.

That though, is something the Academy graduate feels is a positive sign of the way the club is progressing, as opposed to the hinderance it may appear from the outside looking in.

He added: “It’s exciting, we’ve got a lot of games coming up and there’s going to be different stimuluses on each game so bring it on.

“I think it’s part of the level we’re at now. We’re one of the top teams in the Premier League and we want to be in the best competitions and winning as many things as we can.

“There’s going to be an array of games but the manager has made changes, he’s brought in young players and we’ve had different things to face but we’ve stood up to it well.

“Every player goes out on to the pitch knowing the manager is behind them.”