Radhi Jaïdi has been encouraged by the way Southampton Under-23s have adapted to Premier League 2 Division One, but says his players must be more clinical to earn the points their performances merit.
The young Saints won promotion back to the top flight through the play-offs last season, winning one and losing one of their two games to date.
Next up is the visit of Liverpool to Staplewood tonight (kick-off 7pm BST), where Jaïdi hopes his side will be more ruthless in front of goal.
“I think the quality of the level of the players we’re playing against and the teams is the difference between the leagues,” he said.
“We’ve adapted really well into it, with the big comeback in the first game against Man City and a really good performance against Derby, when we were a bit unlucky in the final third.
“This is the bit we probably need to improve on – being a bit more clinical in the final third.
“We are a team who try to play out, with some good attractive football, but some quality in the final third would help us massively.
“It’s about keeping the focus and making the right decisions – when to finish and when to pass. We’ve created chances, but it’s about converting them into goals.
“The players are really investing a lot to improve themselves, to fit the level and hopefully reduce the gap between the first team and Under-23s.”