(Reuters) - Southampton must put their FA Cup disappointment behind them and focus on securing their Premier League status in the remainder of the season, defender Maya Yoshida has said.
Saints were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last weekend and Mark Hughes’ side, who are 18th in the league table with 29 points from 34 games, now face a potentially difficult climax to their poor campaign.
Japan international Yoshida, 29, is aware of the need to beat 11th-placed Bournemouth on Saturday with games against Everton, Swansea City and newly-crowned champions Manchester City to follow.
“We all know about the game against Bournemouth. It is going to be crucial for us. We have to make sure we get three points,” Yoshida told the Southern Daily Echo.
“It’s a home game and a derby, we have to fight to stay in the Premier League. We’ve finished with the FA Cup and now we must focus on the Premier League and staying up.”
Southampton have won just five matches this season and sit four points adrift of safety.
“We need a good rest and (must) get ready to put in a performance... we need to play better,” Yoshida added.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge