Southampton got back on track and climbed out of the relegation zone with a much-needed victory over fellow strugglers Fulham at St Mary’s last night.
The Cottagers saw off the Saints in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge earlier on this season but the sides have gone in opposite directions since that.
That was proven in the comfortable nature of the 2-0 win, secured by goals from Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse to lift Southampton above Cardiff and above the drop zone.
After a defensive shambles against Arsenal at the weekend, Maya Yoshida was restored to the Southampton backline for last night’s huge game.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was rewarded for that decision with a clean sheet on an important night which gave his side’s survival bid fresh impetus.
The supporters were pleased to see Yoshida’s name back on the teamsheet and they feel his leadership and commitment has been sorely missed at the heart of the backline.
We’ve put together the best of the reaction from supporters who are basking in the glow of a victory against a relegation rival and want to see Yoshida more often as the business end of the season draws close…
Yes! Was very solid
— ••: Ash :•• (@THE_SA1NTS) February 27, 2019
We’ve missed you Maya! 😎👍
— Rampton, apparently (@Apparentlydtcom) February 28, 2019
— Witty Leaks (@WittyLeaks) February 28, 2019
COME ON GIVE US SOME MORE YOSHIDA. LETS GOOOOO
— praytoyoshida (@tobymacklin) February 27, 2019
Great player Yoshida cmon saints
— Gaz Man Mountain (@gaz_mountain) February 27, 2019
If Yoshi is fit he should be in every week! Does not stop talking to the other defenders and leads throughout! Gives everything and great attitude!
— Phill Bone (@BonePhill) February 28, 2019
Ohhhh maya yoshida 🎶🎶🎶 itchen north was glad to see him back
— Kieran Smith (@kierannkater98) February 27, 2019
His experience and calm head was just what the defence needed.
— Lynn Lawler (@Scotslynn) February 28, 2019
— Eggar1981 (@eggbassett1) February 28, 2019
I just knew as soon as Yoshi was back things get back on track! Yeee-haaa! #COYR 😇
— Deborah Bradburn (@littlekoala72) February 28, 2019
Last two games he's played – two clean sheets
— Julian Hood (@harvey_hood) February 28, 2019