Martin Hunter was delighted with Southampton’s youngsters as they beat Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Goals from Sam McQueen and Olufela Olomola helped Saints see off their League 2 opponents at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The win leaves Saints on four points from their opening two games, and Hunter was understandably pleased with their professional display against the U’s.
“I’m delighted. I thought we played very well in both halves. Perhaps we didn’t have the consistency that we wanted, but overall we’ve created a lot of chances,” Hunter said.
“I’m very pleased with the players individually, and obviously collectively as a team.
“I thought for the 20 minutes of the first half and the first 30 minutes of the second half we were the dominant team, some of our attacking play was excellent.
“The number of crosses into the box, particularly in the second half, was very, very pleasing.”
Saints had to dig deep towards the end to ensure they took the three points back to the south coast, and while Hunter says there’s still work to be done, he was impressed with the victory.
“Without sounding too hard on the players, the chances they had were by our poor play on the whole,” Hunter added.
“There are things we can always work on, but to come here and get the three points is very, very pleasing.”