Saints Under-21s assistant coach Radhi Jaïdi wants to see the team carry on from where they left off before Easter when they take on their counterparts from Sunderland on Sunday.
The U21s have picked up back-to-back victories as they prepare to travel to the Stadium of Light for a match against the Under-21 Premier League leaders.
Wins over Middlesbrough and Liverpool have given Saints a platform to build from heading into the final three games of the season, and Jaïdi doesn’t want to see any let up in performances.
“We’re always looking forward to the games,” he told youtube.com/southamptonfc
“We came back from the international week with a couple of days off for the boys to give them a bit of rest to get back on track again.
“We’ve had a good run in the last five or six games when we played every week. It was a good time to for some of them to have a bit of rest and now we’re going to pick up the game time again and get back to the serious business.
“We have a lot of confidence from winning the last two games and it gives the boys a good experience and a good environment to work in. to push harder and to work on getting the results hopefully.”
Saints were beaten 2-0 by the Mackems at Staplewood in September, and Jaïdi is hoping the team will put that result right with a good performance on Wearside.
“We’re looking to see some of the basics and as we normally do we’re looking for the boys to keep the momentum from the recent run of games,” he outlined.
“We had some really good performances in the last games especially against Liverpool and we will hopefully continue to do the same basics and do the right things that will give us something to aim for. It’s nothing new, we always ask the players to do that, and we’ll keep trying to do that.
“It’s always a challenging game against them (Sunderland) and we’ll be playing against some experienced boys who will challenge us in the two boxes. We will see what we’re going to have in the game, but what we expect is a good battle on the pitch and we will try to get some points from the game.
“They’re a pretty strong team. Sometimes they have first team players involved and they’re a team that play direct at times with a big number nine with rotation in the wide areas so they’re a pretty good team and it’s a good challenge for us to play against them. With the younger boys we’re trying to challenge them and aim to get something from the game.”
Jaïdi revealed that Saints will travel north with the majority of the squad from their recent matches, and is looking to give further experience to some of the younger players in the development squad.
“Not too many changes,” he confirmed. “We will have the same team aside from Jay Rodriguez while the other ones coming in will make it a young squad and we’re happy to be in that position.
“It is a long journey and we’ve tried to manage it as well as part of the process of playing the game. We’re trying to manage the players and the resting time and hopefully we’ll be ready for it.”