Parkes: We showed a lot of character

By SFC Media Thu 12 Jan Wigan vs Saints
Photo by Naomi Baker | Adam Parkes at DW Stadium

Goalkeeper Adam Parkes felt Southampton showed great endeavour during their 2-1 FA Youth Cup victory over Wigan Athletic.

Saints fought back from 1-0 down to secure their place in the fifth round of the competition, where they will now face either Liverpool or Manchester City.

“Obviously we are all buzzing,” started Parkes.

“We showed a lot of character tonight, I think. We were on top in spells and we came out winning big tackles but kept our heads and saw the game off.

“We beat Man United already and that was a very different game. But we’ve shown we can do two sides to the game: the physical side and we can play.”

Parkes was involved in one of the game’s key moments, as the 17-year-old denied Wigan’s Shane Donaghey from the penalty spot shortly before the break.

But despite his role in keeping Saints level at the interval, Parkes was quick to heap praise on the evening’s goalscorers.

“It was just a matter of guessing the way and going all out,” he continued.

“Luckily we got that goal advantage and we’ve won 2-1, so I am pleased for myself as well as the team.

“I am also buzzing for Michael and Jon as well – they got crucial goals for us, so I am really happy for them both.”

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