Jaïdi: Keep the momentum going

By SFC Media time Sun 11 Mar Saints v Norwich
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

Southampton Under-23s coach Radhi Jaïdi has challenged his young team to keep their impressive form going, as they return to Staplewood Campus for a pair of home games this week.

Jaïdi's side, who are now four matches without defeat and have only lost one of their last seven across all competitions, host Norwich City in Premier League 2 on Monday night, ahead of a Premier League Cup last-16 tie with Leicester on Friday.

Having earned a 1-1 draw last week away to Brighton Under-23s, who fielded the likes of Leonardo Ulloa, Beram Kayal and Tim Krul in their starting line-up, Jaïdi explained that confidence is high ahead of another big few days.

"I think we need to carry on this unbeaten period," said Jaïdi, whose team would leapfrog seventh-placed Norwich in the table with a win.

"We're playing at home and I said to the boys a draw was good at Brighton, but now we're playing at home and three points will be a massive objective for us."

Jaïdi added: "I want us to continue and carry on the hard work and commitment to improve in the rest of the games."

Reflecting on the hard-fought point earned last week, Jaïdi said: "We faced an experienced team up in Brighton and the boys responded really well to it.

"We stood up to the challenge, as I said after the game. It's good to keep the confidence up and carry on what we've been doing the last couple of weeks, and hopefully we'll improve and get ourselves more wins."

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