Jaïdi on defeat at Walsall

By SFC Media time Tue 01 Oct Walsall v Saints
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Southampton coach Radhi Jaïdi had cause for encouragement from his young side's performance on Tuesday evening, despite a narrow loss to Walsall in the Leasing.com Trophy.

The League Two outfit, who fielded an experienced XI, managed the only goal of the game - Dan Scarr with the solitary strike on the stroke of half time.

Despite not finding an equaliser Jaïdi was encouraged by his youngsters' performance, particularly as they never looked overawed by senior opposition, and believes the experience will prove invaluable.

"It was a really good performance, especially the first 25 minutes where we imposed ourselves and played our football," Jaïdi reflected.

"But we stopped doing that, let them get their confidence and then they're playing their game, which is more direct, using wide areas and crosses.

"Despite the goal we conceded, it was a good experience. There is a bit of frustration from the boys that there were opportunities to do what we needed to do in certain areas, but that will come.

"Playing against seniors, playing against some experienced league players who've played hundreds of games, that's one thing you can't truly buy for these boys.

"We could have scored that goal that would have given us that confidence back and then probably win it, why not?

"From the last three weeks, we've started to build up that confidence, but also the performances against the teams we're playing against. Of course, we need to work and improve ourselves."

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