Radhi Jaïdi says Southampton’s youngsters will learn plenty from their 1-1 draw with Reading in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
Saints started with six under-18 players and 15-year-old Jake Vokins for the game against the Royals at Staplewood.
Despite taking the lead against ten-man Reading through Dom Gape, the visitors earned a share of the spoils thanks to Jack Stacey.
Jaïdi says the youngsters can take a number of positives away from the draw.
“Firstly, we like to highlight the point that we had seven under-18 boys with us and one or two starting for the first time,” Jaïdi told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“It’s important for us. We have a really young group at the moment and they are gaining experience.
“It’s a good point to take from this game. The young boys have put in a good performance and now they can try to make the next step.
“The young boys have a lot of working and learning in front of them. We need to carry on working with that on the training ground.”
Jaïdi was pleased with many aspects from the draw with the Royals, but felt his side could’ve done more in the attacking third up against ten men.
“We had to deal with the tactical aspect because they changed their shape two or three times,” the former Saints defender added.
“We should’ve done better with the ball, especially in the final third, but it was a good performance from a young group.
“It’s a good learning curve for them. In some situations we could’ve done better, but for the boys it was a good test.”