Siph Mdlalose felt that Southampton Under-23s showed a resilient streak in their 0-0 draw away to Arsenal.
A Saints team featuring a number of particularly young players put in an impressive performance at Meadow Park, and had chances to win the game late on.
In the end, they had to settle for a point, which Mdlalose – a regular with the Under-18s team – felt they were more than good value for, as they extended their unbeaten run to four matches in Premier League 2 and remained second in the table.
“It’s a decent start, we need to just keep going,” he said. "It was a difficult game today and I think we coped with it well defensively and we had a few chances. I think we coped well with Arsenal.
“We probably could have nicked it, but it is what it is.
“The clean sheet shows the resilience in the team and shows how hard we worked as a team.”
Mdlalose also revealed afterwards that he shrugged off a bit of an injury during the match, following a clash towards the end of the first half.
He said: “I’m feeling fine, just a bit of a broken nose! I’ll get through it, then back in Monday and go again for the next game.