Southampton’s Maya Yoshida says Victor Wanyama was harshly sent off against West Ham but the midfielder still owes a debt of gratitude to his team-mates.
Yoshida netted an early winner to see off West Ham on Saturday evening but the Saints task was made all the more difficult by Wanyama’s 54th-minute dismissal following a tackle on Hammers talisman Dimitri Payet.
The decision was “harsh”, according to Yoshida, but the Japan centre-half still expects Wanyama to treat his team-mates as an apology.
Yoshida told the Daily Star: “After Victor was sent off it was a really tough last 20 minutes but there was great team spirit to keep the three points,” the Japanese centre-half said.
“The decision was a little bit tough I think, he probably deserved a yellow card.
“Victor has to pay us back now, maybe some Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the players.”