Maya Yoshida bemoans 'unfair' Tottenham Hotspur defeat

Southampton's central defender says his side did not deserve to lose against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Maya Yoshida bemoans 'unfair' Tottenham Hotspur defeat
Yoshida clashes with Son. Photo: Getty//Catherine Ivill

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida claims his side didn't deserve to lose against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, after the North London side were awarded a controversial penalty. 

Unjust defeat

Yoshida and boss Claude Puel were both critical of the result after the full time whistle, due to decisions made by referee Andre Marriner.

The man in charge awarded Spurs a debatable spot-kick in the first half, which Dele Alli scored to make it 2-0. 

Marriner had made substitute Shane Long wait on the sideline, despite being ready to replace injured Manolo Gabbiadini, as the home side won the penalty. 

The Birmingham-based referee also disallowed an onside Southampton goal in last month's EFL Cup final.

Yoshida's comments

The Japanese international said, “We showed a good comeback in the second half.

“But first half they played much better and we should have played like the second half but from the beginning.

And the 28-year-old also bemoaned the goals his side conceded. 

“We keep conceding a lot, which we have to stop now.

“The first goal was individual ability from Eriksen and the second one, I still have doubts about the penalty."

Speaking directly about the penalty incident, Yoshida said, "I couldn’t see the situation, so I can’t say exactly but I feel it is unfair.”

Chance for redemption

Southampton players must wait until after the international break to get back their league season back on track but Yoshida is confident that once the domestic campaign restarts again, the Saints will be ready. 

“Now we break for the internationals and we can come back and have many games in April, so we will be ready.

“Nobody will be injured and we will be fresh.”

Southampton's next two league games come at home to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in the first week of April.