Fleming: Swansea play a similar style

By SFC Media Fri 05 May Saints v Swansea
Photo by Naomi Baker | Craig Fleming

Craig Fleming is expecting to face a familiar style of football when Southampton Under-18s host Swansea City on Saturday.

The Saints youngsters previously beat the Swans 2-0 at home and drew 1-1 away, and Fleming is anticipating another entertaining encounter.

“Both games home and away we did well against them,” he started.

“Away we weren’t very clinical and drew the game, but at home it was a professional performance and we dominated from start to finish.

“It’s two pretty evenly matched teams who also play similar styles of football, so it should be a pretty good game.”

Fleming will be without 17-year-old Jake Vokins on Saturday, as the left-back is away at the European Championships with England Under-17s.

That international duty also meant Vokins was absent at the Player Awards evening earlier in the week where he was named Scholar of the Season.

“I am very proud of him,” continued Fleming.

“He’s done ever so well. Last December we had a bit of a crisis at left-back and Matt Hale recommended we try Jake who was with the Under-16s as a left winger.

“We went with it and he was outstanding. Within weeks he was with the Under-23s, then gets his pro deal and now is with the England squad. He’s done tremendously well to grasp his chance.”

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