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Ainsley - The boys congratulated me

The most tackles, the most interceptions and the most passes. Ainsley Maitland-Niles can be proud of his contribution as we cruised to a 5-0 win at Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup.

Stationed in his preferred central midfield role, Ainsley rose to the occasion. Here’s what he said after the match:

on the game…I thought the team liked to press from the start, we tried to do that as much as possible so I think it was just the first 10 minutes that got us going and the rest took care of itself.

on learning a lesson from the Preston game…Yes, we had to because we know we’re out of one cup already, so we need to make the most of our chances in this one.

on whether central midfield is where he likes to be… Yes, it is! I prefer to play centre mid than right back, but I’m happy to do a job for the team.

on how he thinks he performed… All the boys said congratulations and well done so I’m guessing I played well and I feel that I played well as well, so I’m happy with my performance.

on what he enjoys about being in midfield…You’re just in the centre of everything and most of it was going through me today, so I just like to be involved in the play really.