U21 REACTION: Performance pleases Hunter

By SFC Media Tue 02 Dec U 23

Technical Director Martin Hunter was delighted with Saints’ Under-21s performance as they beat Manchester United 1-0 in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Ryan Seager’s late goal earned the under-21s all three points in a tight encounter, and Hunter was pleased with his side’s efforts throughout against the team who sat top of the table heading into the game.

Hunter felt the persistence and patience of his player was important in picking up the win, as Seager’s goal came in stoppage time to seal the three points.

Speaking to Southampton’s official YouTube channel, Hunter said: “I think we had the best chances during 90 minutes, it was good for Seags to get a goal late doors and I think we deserved that.

“Omar [Rowe] has obviously hit the post and Matty Targett hit the bar. I’m very pleased and delighted for the players. We talked about being calm and composed and clinical when we got in the final third.

“Manchester United have defended deep, made it difficult and tried to play on the counter attack or an error from us. Most of the night we played very sensibly.

“It was hard to break them down, at the end it was a really good three points. I thought we were switched on and I’m very pleased with the performance. Whenever we’ve played Man United they’ve had one or two senior players in and it’s great to beat them.”

Seager’s goal proved the difference, and Hunter was pleased to see him seventh goal of the campaign. The Under-21s boss was also happy to have the likes of Lloyd Isgrove and Sam McQueen put in good performances as they continue their comeback from injury.

He added: “He [Ryan] has got great feet when the ball is played up to him. He links well with [Jake] Hesketh and the other players. It was really good crafted goal so I’m delighted for him.

“Lloyd’s played 90 again which is good,” he added. “Sam cramped up a bit towards the end, he was disappointed. I understand that but it is great to have him back.

“It’s also great to have Bevis [Mugabi] back, it was a test for him and Macca [Jason McCarthy] tonight. I’m pleased with everybody, including the late substitutions.

“That’s really one of the first times we have had a full under-21 squad out and you can see what they’re doing, so the future is good, as they say.”

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