Martin Hunter was delighted to see his Southampton Under-23s side see off their Tottenham Hotspur counterparts with a rugged display at St Mary’s.
Jack Stephens headed in the only goal of the game on 38 minutes, while both teams ended the match a man short following the dismissals of George Marsh and Harley Willard with just over ten minutes remaining.
Saints matched their opponents’ aggression in the game and recorded a clean sheet to see off the north Londoners for their fourth win in six games in Premier League 2.
“I’m very pleased,” Hunter told youtube.com/southamptonfc.
“It was a different sort of game like we said. I thought some of our pressing and defending tonight was excellent, and that’s really what’s won us the game and obviously a really good set play, so very pleased, some good performances from some of the older players and the younger ones too, which is good.
“When you think most of the bench is going to play for the under-18s on Saturday, we’re delighted to get three points and in the manner we got them.
“People talk about ugly games, well some of the play tonight was ugly by both teams, which is strange from a Southampton – Tottenham game. There were lots of challenges going in and nobody shirking the work-rate which was superb.”
A resolute performance pleased Hunter as much as the victory, and the Technical Director was happy with all aspects of the game.
“Absolutely,” he said. “You’ve got to match the opposition in terms of what they’re going to do, so we want our players to be technical, we want them to move the ball about and at times tonight we never got into a rhythm, but neither did Spurs. Some of the individual performances in terms of the one v one defending was very, very good.
“They had a couple of half chances but he [Harry Lewis] has not really had to make a full blooded save and we’ve had the better chances. In the final third disappointed with some of the work in and around that, particularly the crossing and some of the final passes, but we can work on that.”