Southampton Under-23s coach Radhi Jaïdi was left disappointed with his side’s 4-2 defeat away to Reading.
Although Saints found themselves 2-0 down after just 14 minutes at Hogwood Park, Jaïdi was pleased with the way his men finished the opening half.
“It’s a disappointing result,” he explained.
“Obviously we gave away two sloppy goals at the start and then we started to catch up on the game from there.
“The last 25 minutes of the first half were our best. We controlled a lot of the game, worked on our distances and pressed and created some great crossing chances.
“We spoke to the boys at half time and told them that they needed to continue the way they finished the first half.”
Saints continued to put on a much-improved display during the opening exchanges of the first-half.
However, despite the performance, it was the Royals that extended their advantage just ten minutes in.
“We created more chances, but didn’t score,” Jaïdi continued.
“We had a great chance at the beginning of the second half but missed it. Then straight after we conceded another sloppy goal and gave away a penalty.
“That’s not acceptable at this level. You get punished as soon as you are nonchalant, so that’s something we need to work on in the coming weeks.”