U21 REACTION: Hunter not getting carried away after win

By SFC Media time Mon 26 Jan B Team

Southampton Under-21s coach Martin Hunter refused to get carried away, despite his side making it nine games unbeaten with a 2-0 win against West Ham United at Staplewood.

Hunter’s side took the lead in the eighth minute through Dom Gape, before Ryan Seager, with his 11th goal of the campaign, sealed the win late on to move them back to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Despite the win, Hunter was slightly disappointed with his side’s performance, but was pleased with the clean sheet, and the fact Paulo Gazzaniga had rarely been troubled throughout in goal.

Speaking to Southampton’s official YouTube channel, Hunter said: “Well I’m delighted with the win, but the standards that we set ourselves and the players set for themselves were not at our level unfortunately.

“I’ve spoken to Paulo and he’s not had a full-blown save to make in 90 minutes so that’s a positive, but we never got going. We had no rhythm, no devilment in our passing. The number of times we gave the ball away cheaply was too numerous to count.

“We’ve had some performances like that in afternoon games. It’s more of a mental issue and concentration issue, it’s not through lack of effort, not through lack of hard work but we need to look at it.

“West Ham were technical, they changed their system three times and moved the ball well. We don’t view it as top vs bottom, once you start doing that, you get complacent and you’re in for a shock.”

Seager’s goal rounded off an excellent few days for the striker, who made his senior debut in the 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup at St Mary’s on Saturday, and Hunter was pleased for the 11-goal striker.

He also believes he will see a reaction from the whole team in the next few days, ahead of their game against Chelsea, who sit second in the table, next Monday.

“He (Seager) has had a terrific week. He’s a goalscorer and he’s in double figures,” Hunter added. “We got a lucky goal off a corner to start but it’s the sort of delivery we want.

“That was good but the whole essence of the game was a bit lacklustre.

“I’m sure we’ll get a reaction. There’s no bigger carrot than to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. We’ll keep doing what we are doing, we’ll recover on Tuesday and then start preparing.”

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