Radhi Jaïdi hailed the resilience of Southampton Under-23s following the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in Premier League 2.
DJ Buffonge had given the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, before Marcus Barnes levelled with a header from an inswinging corner.
But when Callum Slattery was sent off late on, Saints dug deep to preserve a precious point and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign in all competitions.
“I think it was an acceptable result but a great performance from our boys,” Jaïdi began.
“That’s what we are better at this season is showing resilience and strong character. The players understanding is much, much better and they applied themselves and worked really hard which wasn’t easy, particularly in the second-half.
“The area we probably have to improve in a little bit is creating chances and being more clinical in the final third. We created a lot of chances in the second-half which is a great opportunity to kill the game.”
Prior to the game, Saints youngsters had only conceded once in the 4-1 victory over Stoke City, and, as a former defender himself, Jaïdi has been pleased with the defensive framework.
“We haven’t conceded a lot of goals this season. The application and the work rate is really high and I’m really pleased with that.
“Little decisions are what make the difference sometimes when you’re playing against high quality, international players.
“Reduced to ten men, I think that’s where we showed our character. Hopefully we’ll carry on, keep the consistency and keep improving.”