Djenepo: We played like a team


Moussa Djenepo hailed a brilliant team performance as Southampton secured their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

With Sékou Mara firing Saints ahead after 23 minutes at St Mary’s, it took just five minutes for Djenepo to secure Saints’ progression with a sublime strike from 30-yards-out.

“We are happy,” admitted the Malian international. “We are happy because we played like a team, all together, with good mentality.

“I think we deserved it because we worked hard for each other and we will continue in this way.

“In football sometimes you have some moments up and some moments down but we control our moment when we are good and to make difference in good moments and bad moments I think we did well.

“I know my quality because I did it before. When I showed the movement of Sékou, I saw the goalkeeper was not on [his] line and I did it and it was good. But the most important is the win of the team. I’m happy for the team.

“I always work for the team. I know sometimes it’s really hard, sometimes it’s coming but if we work hard, we will always pay. We’re always ready to work hard.”

With Saints next travelling to Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, the 24-year-old highlighted the importance to refocus before their trip to Merseyside.

“Really important for our next game because we have to stay focused. Now we forget the win and to be focused on the next game and to try to get more points will be important for us and we’ll be ready to do that.

“We go step by step. Now we’re focused on the Premier League and we’ll see the draw. We will be ready and welcome the next game in the cup.”