Southampton Under-23s midfielder Josh Sims is hoping to use the frustrations of a draw with Leicester City as inspiration on Friday night.
Saints were held by the Foxes last time out, despite twice taking the lead through striker Olafela Olomola in a game that ended 2-2.
It denied Technical Director Martin Hunter’s side their fourth win in five games but with that in mind, Sims feels such disappointment was a mark of significant progress and can help them against Tottenham, where supporters will have free entry for the Premier League 2 contest at St Mary's, which kicks off at 7pm BST.
He said: “It should be a good game against Spurs and hopefully we can get the win, which unfortunately we didn’t against Leicester City.
“We were disappointed with that because it felt like a lose but we want to turn it around.
“Everyone is delighted with the way we have started the season and we’ve played well in a lot of the games.
“The fact we were disappointed showed how far we’ve come as a team and as individuals.”
Their Spurs counterparts will be looking for a response a 6-2 defeat to Liverpool last time out.
And while Sims, who has contributed four goals already this season, is wary of the threat posed by Ugo Ehiogu’s men, he feels their style suit Saints.
Sims added: “It will be more of a passing game against Tottenham which might suit us better so everyone is looking forward to it.
“It’s good to play at the stadium as well because it adds something different with the fans who come to watch us.
“That’s where you want to play all your games when you’re older.”