Pérez pleased with goalscorers

By SFC Media Sat 25 Jan First team

Assistant manager Jesús Pérez hailed goalscorers Guly do Prado and Sam Gallagher after Saints battled past plucky Yeovil and into the Fifth Round of The FA Cup.

Guly opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the first half with what was his first goal in more than two years.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Brazilian was replaced by 18-year-old Gallagher, who duly netted his first goal for the Club to round off a hard-fought victory.

And Pérez praised both players for their contribution to what was the side’s third successive home victory.

“I think for Guly the most important thing was to play 50 or 55 minutes after a long time out of the squad for injury,” Mauricio Pochettino’s number two told Saints Player.

“He took the responsibility of the penalty and he scored which was good for him, but better for the squad.

“Guly has done well whenever he has been involved – whether he is on the bench or starts – so that is good news for all of us.

“Our first goal changed the dynamic of the game. From that moment on we played a bit better and in the second half it was clear that our play and number of chances meant that we should win the game.

“And we are delighted with the goal Sam scored,” continued Jesús. 

“He has been involved with the First Team in a lot of training, but now he is starting to appear games and we think he has a great future in front of him. 

“Our style is clear and our project is clear and the young players are pushing very hard to be involved, so they just need time now.

“Sam needs more training and time and needs to improve, but he is starting to show his quality.”

Despite their lowly position in the Sky Bet Championship, Yeovil made Saints work hard for today’s result with a resolute performance at St Mary’s.

“Before the game we said that it isn’t easy to play FA Cup games against lower teams,” Pérez assessed after the game. “Not for quality but in terms of mentality because you have to be right to play the game.

“They started the game with clinical situations and had chances to score. In the first half they had one chance and another at the start of the second half, but we definitely needed the second goal to close out the game.

“If we hadn’t got the second goal I am sure that we would have suffered towards the end of the game because at set plays the game is very open.”

Saints will find out who they face in the Fifth Round when the draw is made at Wembley Stadium tomorrow at 5.35pm GMT, with Pérez keen for another opportunity to play at St Mary’s.

“Hopefully in the next round we will play at home again which makes things easier for us,” he reasoned. 

“We are waiting for the draw – it doesn’t matter who we play but we would like to be at home.”

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