Yoshida’s goal tainted by equaliser

By SFC Media Sat 07 Jan Norwich v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Maya Yoshida celebrates

Maya Yoshida was pleased to be back on the scoresheet, but says his header felt less important following Norwich’s late goal, which forced a replay in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Japanese defender headed Southampton into a 2-1 lead at Carrow Road, with a fine effort from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s cross, which looked set to seal Saints’ route to the fourth round of the competition, until Steven Naismith’s late intervention at the other end.

It was another tough goal for Claude Puel’s men to concede on the back of their recent run of games, which added further frustration for Yoshida.

“We shouldn’t concede the last minute goal, of course,” he said.

“To be honest, we’re very disappointed but we don’t have too much time to change anything so just focus on the next game against Liverpool and the semi-final.

“We are frustrated because we controlled the game, same as the one against West Brom, and we conceded two goals.

“Now we’ve conceded too many goals, and we need to stop that.”

Yoshida’ header was applauded for its technique, and the defender says he has a new arrival to thank for the effort which ended his goal drought.

“I think the baby gives me some luck,” he said with a laugh. “It was a header because I have to get up so much!

“I’ve been waiting a long time for that,” he added. “I’ve not scored for a long time for the team, so I’m happy for that but it doesn’t matter if I score or not, if the team didn’t win. Most importantly we stop conceding goals and get back to winning ways.”

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