A particularly youthful Southampton outfit were overcome by an experienced Cambridge United side in the Checkatrade Trophy, with Radhi Jaïdi suggesting his youngsters suffered from a bit of naivety on the night.
Missing a few of his regular starters due to this week’s international commitments, Jaïdi admitted that Saints weren’t at their level best, and made an already difficult task harder by making basic errors in key moments.
Nevertheless, Saints’ young charges, many involved in Jaïdi’s setup for the first time this season, will have learnt plenty from the experience, and can take solace from the fact that tonight’s result doesn’t rule them out of group stage qualification.
“Obviously it is a difficult night for my boys,” Jaïdi said. “I think we prepared well for this game and we knew the opposition would be direct and physical.
“It’s a learning curve. They worked hard, but some things just didn't work - results aren't always fair.
“Sometimes you try your best but it doesn't quite work. I thought we made a few mistakes which made the mission harder, and made it difficult for ourselves.
“The first goal was a product of our own mistakes and some of the decision making wasn't always the best.
“We also could have kept the ball better, especially in the midfield third, because it was a bit sloppy at times.
“We were missing key players tonight, which would have helped our fluidity. The boys are really disappointed but they know how to react, we'll bounce back.”