Fleming praises Under-18s' fighting spirit

By SFC Media Sat 24 Sep Reading U18 vs Saints U18

Southampton Under-18s coach Craig Fleming praised his team's fighting spirit, as they earned a point away to fellow high-fliers Reading.

A well-contested game at Hogwood Park ended 1-1, as Tyreke Johnson's second-half header was cancelled out by Joel Rollinson's late strike from a corner, meaning the points were shared in the Under-18 Premier League clash between two sides who have started the season in excellent form.

After the match, Fleming said: "First half we weren't very good, I didn't think. Things that we've been working on and were quite good at throughout the season and pre-season we didn't do, but, fair play to them, they dug in and showed a lot of resilience against a tough side to play against.

"Second half I thought we started really well. We got a goal up, but they are dangerous from set plays. They have got a good delivery and a big group, but overall lots of positives.

"I thought there was a lot of fight and a lot of spirit, and I think that's probably a game that in previous years we would have quite comfortably lost I think, so I'm very pleased."


U18 Report: Reading 1-1 Saints