McQueen: We needed that stroke of luck

By SFC Media Thu 19 Jan Saints vs Norwich
Photo by Matt Watson | Sam McQueen

Sam McQueen says Southampton got the stroke of luck they needed to see off Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup.

Saints had to wait until injury time for Shane Long to bundle home McQueen’s cross at the second attempt to send Claude Puel’s men into the fourth round.

Arsenal await, and McQueen says the whole team gave everything against the Canaries, despite the visitors sitting back and making life difficult.

“It would have been very frustrating if we hadn’t got the win, so the whole team was doing everything we could to try and create something,” McQueen said.

“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves. It was a comfortable game to control and dominate, but it was just the final pass or the final shot on goal that wasn’t up to standard.

“They dropped back into a back six at times to made it really tough. We did everything we could and sometimes you need that bit of luck, which we got at the end.

“If we hadn’t got the win in 90 minutes, it would have been a completely different mental outcome for the team. It was important for confidence.”

Puel named six Academy graduates in his starting line-up for the replay, and McQueen says that shows everything the club is about.

“It was great to see six players who have come through the Academy starting,” McQueen added.

“That says a lot about the club and the manager. Although the performance wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be, the win is the most important thing.”

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