Southampton’s B team manager Dave Horseman praised his side’s against the odds performance, following their comeback win with ten men at Arsenal in PL2.
Arsenal broke the deadlock against the run of play after just 11 minutes of the season opener; Ben Cottrell making the most of a deflection before slotting the ball past Harry Lewis.
Saints continued to dominate proceedings and got their reward soon after the break; Josh Sims converting a dangerous Callum Slattery cross at the back post.
The visitors took a hit to their momentum just four minutes later, with Kayne Ramsay sent off for a second bookable offence.
But it didn’t dampen their spirits, half-time substitute Kegs Chauke rounding off a neat Saints move on 64 minutes to complete the comeback.
“It’s a really, really good start,” commented Horseman. “More in terms of the performance at this stage because if we produce that we’ll win more than we lose anyway."
We are clearly starting to understand slowly what we're looking to do here.
“We’ve clearly ran all over the top of a good Arsenal team, and the boys have really bought into the B team concept which I think was the most pleasing thing today.
“Their coach just said it didn’t look like we were down to ten men. I think the first team’s way of training is a lot of really intense, short blasts. We clearly are starting to understand slowly what we’re looking to do.
“By the end we should’ve scored another and I can’t remember Harry [Lewis] being too threatened. We have to continue this.”