Radhi Jaïdi expressed his pride after Southampton Under-23s booked their place in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off final with a 2-0 success against Aston Villa at St Mary’s.
Will Smallbone’s early penalty set Saints on their way to victory, before captain Tom O’Connor’s stunning free-kick with 20 minutes left the visitors with too much to do.
And Jaïdi was pleased with the application of his group culminating in such a strong performance.
“It was a tremendous performance from the boys. Individually and collectively I couldn’t complain about anything. The application in the first-half and the pressure we put on the opponent was good.
“It was a great early goal to give us the confidence to carry on. In the second-half we defended really well and the back three put in a strong performance.
“The midfielders worked really hard and then up front Dan N’Lundulu and Tyreke Johnson as well as Marcus Barnes and Will Ferry when they came on did really well. I can’t stop mentioning names because all of them worked together as a team to get a performance and the result.
“I’m very proud. I’m proud for these boys and what they’ve achieved all season to come into this situation.
“The level of their commitment was massive this season. We give them ownership, we give them tasks and challenges which they have took on board and you can see the result.”