Yoshida despondent after Europa League exit

By SFC Media Thu 08 Dec Saints vs Be'er Sheva

Maya Yoshida reflected on a bitterly disappointing night as Southampton’s Europa League journey came to an end against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Virgil van Dijk levelled in stoppage time after Maor Buzaglo had given the visitors a crucial lead.

And a despondent Yoshida says only victories in the Premier League will help to put the exit behind them.

He said: “We are disappointed. I think I should have done better and we should have done better from the first-half.

“We have missed a huge opportunity to play in this competition. The fans were amazing today as well.

“I don’t know what to say. We have a game at the weekend as well so we will have to keep our heads up and try to get three points in the Premier League.”

Yoshida came very close to sending Claude Puel’s men through amid a host of opportunities towards the end of the game, heading over James Ward-Prowse's cross.

“They got only one chance and we had so many chances, especially at the end of the game, including my chances. Today we were not enough,” Yoshida continued.

“The last two years we dropped so many points in December. As I said, if we get three points every week and the winning makes us feel better, including the supporters.”

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