Radhi Jaïdi admitted there was a sense of disappointment following Southampton Under-23s’ 2-2 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League 2.
Two late strikes from Harry Wilson earned the visitors a share of the spoils at St Mary's and Jaïdi felt that Saints, given their two-goal advantage, should have seen out the win.
“We need to learn to manage the games,” he explained.
“We spoke about it before today, so I was expecting the boys to keep the concentration and manage it at 2-0, but it didn’t happen so there is a sense of disappointment.
“At the end of the day we are playing against some quality players and teams at this level who never miss an opportunity, so you have to always be on the front foot and mentally ready."
Jeremy Pied returned from long-term injury to play 60 minutes at right-back in the Premier League 2 encounter.
And Jaïdi admitted that the 28-year-old’s return, as well as performances from some his younger players, marked positives to take from the evening.
“It was good to see Jeremy Pied come back,” he continued.
“Also Ollie Cook playing alongside Martin Cáceres at the back, Alfie Jones once again playing in midfield
“Then Callum Slattery, who was our youngest player on the pitch, did his job in a very good manner. So there are a lot of positives, but at this level we need to manage games like this.”