Yoshida: I'll fight to keep my place

By SFC Media Sun 11 Nov Saints v Watford
Photo by Matt Watson | Manolo Gabbiadini/Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida says he understands what he needs to do to keep his place in the Southampton starting line-up.

The defender was back on the teamsheet for the first time in five weeks as Saints were held to a 1-1 draw by Watford at St Mary’s, where Manolo Gabbiadini’s first-half opener was cancelled out by a deflected strike from Jose Holebas eight minutes from time.

It was only Yoshida’s second Premier League appearance of the season, but the Japanese international is determined to be a regular fixture in the Saints backline – starting with the trip to Fulham in two weeks’ time.

“We had a couple of changes, and I was waiting for a chance for myself – Gabbi also,” he said.

“We spoke yesterday, and he showed a great performance today, so I’m really happy for him.

“I’m really happy to be back in the starting XI and I’ll keep fighting, as well as the rest of the players.

“I understand what I need to do and I understand when the chance is coming. I always prepare well, but we couldn’t win and we couldn’t keep a clean sheet, so it’s not enough.

“Overall, we only have eight points today. That’s not enough – we need three points as soon as possible.

“The next game against Fulham away is really important. It’s really difficult to play there, but we need to get three points, one hundred per cent.

“I feel like it’s one step we’ve moved forward, but we have to keep going.”

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