Jaïdi pleased by Spurs display

By SFC Media Fri 13 Sep Spurs v Saints

Southampton Under-23s coach Radhi Jaïdi praised a positive performance from his young charges, after they earned a valuable point against their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts.

Despite a positive start from Saints, the hosts surged into a two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Dilan Markanday and Harvey White.

But an own goal from Jubri Okedina reduced the arrears going into the break, before Kornelius Hansen struck on 65 minutes.

Jaïdi reflected: “I thought it was a good performance from the boys. It’s not an easy game against a really talented team with good players.

“I thought we stood up to the challenge. We tried to stop them from playing and put some pressure on them from the start.

“We caused them some problems high up the pitch and the goals we conceded were more about individual mistakes.”

A number of younger players such as Alex Jankewitz, Lucas Defise, Jack Bycroft and Pascal Kpohomouh started the game, with Kazeem Olaigbe and Kgagelo Chauke making appearances from the bench.

And Jaïdi was pleased with the way the players integrated into his Under-23s, following their success with the Under-18s, adapted to the challenge.

“It’s tremendously pleasing for us because that’s what we’re all about in the Academy, especially at Southampton Football Club.

“We try to promote talented players and players who have potential. These are the players who are doing well with the Under-18s and they deserve to be around the Under-23s when the opportunity comes.

“We gave them the opportunity today and they stood up to it and we will always keep an eye on their development and how we can push them to the next level.

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