Radhi Jaïdi says Southampton Under-23s’ draw with Leicester City will be an important lesson for the young players in the squad.
Saints were pegged back twice on the night at Staplewood, as Olufela Olomola’s double was not enough to seal another three points in the Premier League 2.
Both goals Saints conceded came late in either half, with Jaïdi insisting lessons must be learnt moving forward.
“It’s an important lesson for the boys, because we were ahead first half and then we fell into the trap of giving the ball away and being put on the back foot,” Jaïdi said.
“We conceded two goals in injury time in either half, and that’s why it’s a lesson for the team. The boys have got to learn from it.
“They have to manage games better and deal with the threat from the opposition.
“We spoke about their direct play and I think we dealt with that well. The goals we conceded game from different aspects.
IT'S AN IMPORTANT LESSON FOR THE BOYS. THEY HAVE GOT TO LEARN FROM IT.RADHI JAÏDI
“One was a cross into the box and the other was a set play, which is something we’re not used to conceding from.
“We don’t have time to blame ourselves, we just have to hopefully bounce back on Friday night.”
Olomola’s brace looked to have won it for Saints, before Leicester hit back for the second time on the night late in the game, and Jaïdi was pleased with his striker’s efforts.
“Olufela has worked on being clinical in the last third over the last couple of days and he showed that improvement,” the former defender added.
“Hopefully he will keep improving and he will score more, because that’s what we need from a player in that position.”