Hunter: We're raring to go

By SFC Media Fri 23 Sep Saints U23 vs Spurs U23

Technical Director Martin Hunter is expecting tonight's opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, to test his Southampton Under-23 side in a different way.

Saints will be looking to get back to winning ways after a 2-2 draw against their Leicester City counterparts at Staplewood Campus on Monday night.

After a more physical battle with the Foxes, Hunter says the squad are raring to go at St Mary’s, where supporters will have free entry for the Premier League 2 contest, which kicks off at 7pm BST.

He said: “It will be a complete contrast to playing Leicester, as they were very direct and good at it too.

“They’ve got some very gifted players on the ball and we’ll get tested in a different way.

“We wanted three points from the performance [against Leicester City] but we’ve spoken about the two goals we gave away and de-briefed, so we’re raring to go again.

“The surface at St Mary’s will be superb as normal, with a small crowd, which is great news against completely different opponents.”

Three wins and a draw from five games represent a fine start to the PL2 campaign for Hunter's side.

But he insists that such form is not just owing to the Under-23s age group, with many of the younger academy players stepping up and providing competition for places.

“We’re delighted with the consistency so far, but that’s a reflection of the Under-18 team as well,” he said.

“We’ve have had quite a few injuries and the younger boys who have stepped in have not only held their own but made an impression.

“We’re at a phase of their learning now where we want them to win, which is no different against Spurs.”

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