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Ward's Delight After Second Heroic Shootout Performance

Danny Ward says Leicester City were defensively strong and reaped their due rewards after overcoming Southampton on penalties, following a 0-0 draw, to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
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- Leicester City defeat Southampton 6-5 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in the Carabao Cup Fourth Round
- Danny Ward made a string of saves in normal time before playing a key role in the shootout
- The Wales goalkeeper got a hand on Manolo Gabbiadini's effort, setting Papy Mendy up to win the game
- Now the Foxes will face Manchester City in the quarter-finals on Tuesday 18 December (7:45pm GMT kick-off)

The Wales stopper, who is now yet to concede in 270 minutes of action in the League Cup, was once more in stellar form for the Foxes, getting a hand to Manolo Gabbiadini's late free-kick before also denying the Italian in a 6-5 shootout success.

Following his three saves during September's 3-1 penalties win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ward's 12-yard exploits have helped charter safe passage into next month's final-eight, where Manchester City await at King Power Stadium on Tuesday 18 December (7:45pm GMT kick-off).

Reflecting on Tuesday's Filbert Way encounter, Ward told LCFC TV: "I thought it was a tough 90 minutes to be honest. We needed a bit of the luck of the draw and thankfully we fell on the right side of that today, but I think we should say credit to Southampton.

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Ward: It's What I’m Here To Do

City goalkeeper Danny Ward spoke to LCFC TV after his side's penalty shootout success against Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

"They came here and had a real go and obviously it’s unfortunate for them, but brilliant for us. We’ve got Man City in the next round and they’re not too bad so if we can keep a clean sheet against Man City, then brilliant.

"We’ll work hard and obviously we’ve got another game at the weekend that we’ve got to think about before Man City."

First looking back on his normal time stop to prevent Gabbiadini from sealing a last-minute winner for the Saints, he added: "That’s what I’m here to do, I get paid money to keep the ball out the back of the net and thankfully I’ve been able to do that tonight.

"It keeps us in the game, it’s basically the last kick of the game, and it means we’ve got another clean sheet which is pleasing. I felt we deserved a clean sheet in the end, I felt we defended really well.

"There were spells in the game where Southampton were really on top and put a lot of pressure on, but I thought we stood strong so it was nice to play my part in that as well."

Finally, Ward couldn't hide his delight after once again playing a massive role in City's cup progression, but still found time to highlight the efforts of his colleagues. 

"You’ve just got to pick away and try and try and read where they’re going and go full throttle at it really," he continued.

"There’s no real secret to it, you can do all the analysis on it and look at hundreds and hundreds of penalties, but at that moment, you’ve got to have the feeling and thankfully I’ve managed to save one. Everyone was brilliant tonight and I think we deserved to win."

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