THE MIXED ZONE: Trio on Spurs draw

By SFC Media time Mon 27 Apr Club

Toby Alderweireld, Maya Yoshida and Steven Davis stopped to talk to the press following Southampton's 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Here's what the trio had to say:

Toby Alderweireld on playing through the pain…

“Everybody wants to play and last week I felt with my shoulder that maybe my season is over. The desire to play is very big and I want to help the team, even with pain.

“I went to see a specialist and he said ‘nothing can happen, it’s only pain management and how far you can go’. I did everything, I played with a lot of pain. I did my best to help the team.

“Of course we would rather like to have won, but all gates are open. We didn’t lose so the next couple of weeks will decide whether we finish seventh, sixth or fifth.

“We will do our best. We are confident because of how we played and we will see next week.”

Maya Yoshida on the game and Spurs’ second goal…

“I think both teams played really well, it was a very exciting game. Of course everyone wanted to win, because this was a very important match against Tottenham.

“There is one point difference with us. We should win, but the second goal was my mistake. We knew that Nacer Chadli was one of the quickest players in Tottenham, so always small details make a big difference.

“There was too big a space between me and Ryan Bertrand, because I was thinking too much about Harry Kane. That’s the only thing that I make wrong.

“But it doesn’t matter after that if I play well or not. That’s the job of the centre-back. One mistake makes a difference in my opinion.”

Steven Davis on the feeling Saints could have won the game…

“We have to focus on ourselves really. Other teams will do whatever they do and we knew it was going to be a big game, so I think it was a good game to watch.

“I think the fans appreciate the effort we put in and certainly we were trying to win the game and were not happy to settle for a draw.

“I think, overall, we maybe just edged it. Tottenham played well in the first half and kept possession well at times, but I think overall, if you look at the chances created, we can feel a little bit disappointed not to have won.”

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