Jaïdi reacts to Reading stalemate

By SFC Media Mon 18 Dec Reading v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

Southampton Under-23s were denied three points on the road at Reading, after a frantic final ten minutes concluded in a questionable red card and a heartbreaking 89th minute equaliser.

Sam McQueen had fired the visitors in to a deserved lead, but Saints were to reduced to ten men only a matter of minutes later, before Reading served a killer blow with seconds remaining.

"I think we deserved the three points for the level of the performance," Jaïdi commented. "We stopped them from playing out, pressed high, and the boys worked really hard from the front.

"I need to go back and see the referee's decision on the sending off, that is the turning point. We ended up conceding play after managing the game up until that point.

"Let me say that it is disappointing to not have the three points, but a really positive performance. The way we dealt with the game, our solidity, our control and our hard work meant we dictated play."

Whilst acknowledging that the single point wasn't reflective of their efforts, the Under-23s staff were particularly pleased with the return of 20-year-old Josh Sims, whose solid first-half contribution helped Saints control the midfield third, as well praising teenage striker Michael Obafemi. 

He added: "Josh Sims played well for 45 minutes, he's been out for a long time. He will only get better with fitness. I also want to name Michael, he really set the tempo for us up top, pressurising from the front. He deserves a clap from the staff.

"I could go through all of the boys, who deserve praise and they have finished on a high. They can go back home and reflect on their personal season and hopefully return in the new year stronger."

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