Guly: This was a special day

By SFC Media Sat 25 Jan First team

Guly do Prado spoke of his joy after scoring his first goal in more than two years to help Saints on the way to an FA Cup win over Yeovil.

The Brazilian has endured a tough time with injuries over the past 12 months, and had not found the net since a Championship win over Nottingham Forest in January 2012.

But he ended his drought with a first-half penalty to help Southampton see off Yeovil Town and move into the Fifth Round of the competition.

“It’s a special day for me, and for the team as well,” Guly told Saints Player after the game. “I’m very happy with the win and thankful for the other players helping me today. It’s a great win, so I’m very happy.

“I didn’t score a goal for a long time and this was my first game back [after injury] so it’s a great day for me – an amazing day.

“It’s been a long time since I felt emotion like that.”

Guly’s goal came after Shane Duffy had hand-balled a James Ward-Prowse corner, leading referee Phil Dowd to point to the spot.

Top goalscorer Jay Rodriguez initially looked set to take the penalty, but handed the ball to do Prado – who duly obliged in sending Marek Stech the wrong way.

“I must say thank you to my teammates for supporting me,” said Guly. “First of all, I asked Jay if I could take the penalty but he said no!

“After a few minutes, he changed his mind and gave me the ball to me so I just want to thank him – and also Morgan Schneiderlin for helping me get the ball! 

“We are all friends, so we don’t need to fight over a penalty. We help each-other.”

Saints now go into a big Premier League game against Arsenal on Tuesday, with Guly insisting that today’s victory will be helpful for the squad’s preparations.

“We get confidence from these wins,” reasoned the 32-year-old. “We play for a win in every game, whether it’s in the FA Cup or the Premier League. 

“The win today will give us confidence for Tuesday night against Arsenal. Now we have to think about that because it’s going to be another big, hard game – but we are going to play to win.”

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