Maya Yoshida revealed he had extra motivation to score in Southampton’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Yoshida netted in the 84th minute to put Saints ahead after a dominant display had seen them create a plethora of opportunities, something which came as a relief after some stick from his teammates.
“Cuco told me before the game that I only ever score for Japan and that I don’t score in the Premier League so I wanted to prove him wrong,” Yoshida joked.
“I’m happy that hopefully he will never be able to talk with me like this again!”
The success moved Saints up to 9th place in the table, with West Bromwich Albion next up.
And Yoshida highlighted the importance of building some momentum after a victory of significance at home.
“We’re delighted because we haven’t won for a long time at St Mary’s. I understand many people were waiting for that victory,” Yoshida reflected.
“We fight today and we created many chances. This win is very important for us and the most important thing now is that we keep winning.”
“We need to be more clinical but we scored three goals today which is important, but we have to keep doing it now.
“Against West Brom this weekend, hopefully we can get another three points.”