Ward-Prowse reflects on cup exit

By SFC Media Wed 16 Jan Saints v Derby
Photo by James Ward-Prowse | Matt Watson

James Ward-Prowse expressed his disappointment at exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the third round stage, following a replay defeat to Derby County at St Mary’s.

In similar fashion to the original tie, Saints had put themselves two goals to the good, but Frank Lampard’s side fought back once more to force extra-time and a penalty shootout, which the visitors edged 5-3.

The midfielder, who played the full 90 minutes, was clear that while tonight’s result is a setback, it’s important now to focus on the games ahead, and fighting for points in the Premier League - starting with Saturday’s visit of Everton.

“Very disappointed,” Ward-Prowse began. “The FA Cup is a great competition and looking back on it, we should have put the game to bed up at their place.

“A sloppy end of the game has cost us. Maybe we got too comfortable. We sat off after the second goal went in. The biggest disappointment is not carrying on momentum.

“It was a good win up at Leicester, we played well, it took a lot of determination and character, and it would have been another good stepping stone tonight. But we have to put it to bed now.

“It's unfortunate, but we can put everything into keeping our Premier League status now, and pushing up the table.”

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