Jaïdi praises clinical Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 04 Jan Saints v Stoke City
Photo by James Bridle | Radhi Jaïdi

Southampton's youngsters overpowered Stoke City in Premier League 2 on Friday evening, prompting plenty of praise from boss Radhi Jaïdi, as his side moved top of the Premier League 2 table.

The standing may only be temporarily, depending on other results, but Jaïdi placed importance on beginning the new year with victory, given Saints' ambitions to progress to Division One come the end of the season.

As well as the performance, and maximum points, the Tunisian was also pleased with the chance to offer a host of Under-18s their opportunity to impress at the level above, with a handful of regular Under-23s currently within the first-team set-up.

"We pressed with good intensity, and restricted their play in the first half but weren't able to find a goal," Jaïdi began.

"The first goal gave us the confidence to press higher and attack more, and the second goal killed the game off.

"It's good to hear that we've gone top of the table, temporarily at least. We'll look at the other results when they come in, but ultimately we focus on ourselves.

"There are a lot of players with the first team at the moment, and that's the most pleasing.

"Tonight we played with a young side, and some players from the U18s got their opportunity so we're continuing to see a lot of development.

"There's things to work on, but overall I'm impressed with our performance tonight."

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