Jaïdi on difficult Derby clash

By SFC Media Mon 19 Aug Saints v Derby
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The message is one of humility from Under-23s boss Radhi Jaïdi following last week’s magnificent comeback victory over Manchester City in Premier League 2.

His side were 3-1 down with five minutes of normal time remaining, before a crazy eight minutes of football, scoring three times, meant opening day delight for Saints.

Still, Jaïdi is keen to emphasise the need for absolute focus in the run up to another tough league tie tonight, when Derby County visit Staplewood, knowing that all Division One games pose threat to his young side.

Reflecting on last Sunday’s win, he said: “That game is behind us now, but there are still big lessons to be learnt.

“It’s always key to keep our feet on the ground. Keep the hard work at the training ground also.

“There is good togetherness and obviously the resilience that we showed last game. We’ve worked this week on defending and pressing without the ball, but also playing out from the back.

“We’ve looked at areas we can exploit with relation to Derby – they are a good side with a similar style to us.

“There were some very good individual performances last week which I was pleased about but we always need to keep working on improving and getting better.”

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