Southampton’s B team manager Dave Horseman was in a philosophical mood following his side’s defeat to Derby, after yet another strong performance by his players.
Derby took the lead after just two minutes through the experienced Jordan Ibe, before Saints went on to dominate proceedings and grabbing a deserved equaliser through a superb Callum Slattery free kick.
The turning point in the game came in the 63rd minute, when David Agbontohoma was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity, which resulted in two further County goals.
“For 70 minutes until the first sending off,” Horseman said. “I was so proud. We totally dominated a team with eight regular Championship players playing in it.
“Boys like Jordan Ibe and [Krystian] Bielik in midfield they bought for, I would imagine, a fair bit of money.
Dave HorsemanI think we showed that we've got one or two boys who are really close to that level, and probably are at that level because they were the best one or two players on the pitch.
Southampton FC B team Manager
“I feel for them because I feel the referee has let them down a bit. Not just the two sending off incidents but throughout the whole game. But overall proud of the boys.
“There’s winning and losing, then there’s real development. They are clearly players who have developed really fast so far this season and hopefully knock on the door of the first team soon.”
Saints are next in action against National League side Eastleigh in the Hampshire FA Senior Cup semi-final.