Dave Horseman hailed the performance of his side, who were cruelly denied three points in a 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers in Premier League 2.
Goals from Will Ferry and Dan N’Lundulu turned the game around following a first half stunner courtesy of Rovers’ Ben Paton.
But the two extra points were snatched away with five minutes to go, with the referee awarding the hosts a penalty from which Jack Vale made no mistake.
“In the end it’s probably take the edge off of what I thought was an outstanding performance from such a young team,” said Horseman.
“We showed so many different sides to our game and played what I thought was some great football.
“We tackled, headed, blocked, tried to press like the first team but obviously we’re not quite as good as that yet but it’s a start.
“We showed a video from Craig Fleming of the first team pressing against Liverpool in our pre brief getting ready for this game because when the first team do it they’re unbelievable.
“They took it on board and at times were outstanding. Not consistent enough and nowhere near the level really overall but there were parts where we’re trying to get them a little bit closer to that level."
Dave HorsemanI think we've come off tonight and anybody there could see that Southampton Under-23s have got very good players.
Southampton FC Under-23s Head Coach
“The first goal was very pleasing, Fez [Will Ferry] coming in at the far post and hitting the top corner.
“Then we only sat down with Dan [N’Lundulu] this afternoon talking about getting goals from inside the box so I’m delighted for him, he clearly tried to get in those areas where goal scorers get. He was a right handful all night.
“I think we’ve come off tonight and anybody that’s there could see that Southampton Under 23s have got very good players.
“That’s my job, that’s the job of the academy, to provide the first team with very good players. I think that’s what I’ll take away from this game for sure."