Hunter expects technical test

By SFC Media Mon 24 Oct Saints U23 vs Man City U23

Technical Director Martin Hunter says the Under-23 squad are full of confidence ahead of the visit of Manchester City to Staplewood Campus.

A 0-0 draw against Arsenal last time out with a young side saw them extend their run to four unbeaten in Premier League 2.

And Hunter has been particularly pleased with the fact the Under-18 players are making the transition into the higher age group so far this season.

He said: “I think the group is confident and we’ve had a good start to the season. The players understand the Under-23 squad will fluctuate in terms of availability.

“We always knew the squad was going to be young and at certain times the younger boys would get an opportunity.

“The boys that have been playing well in Craig Fleming’s team and they’re stepping into a different team with the same mentality and method of playing.

“Part of the process that we do is that the teams play virtually identically. It’s not a problem for a boy that comes out of the Under-18 team to play for the Under-23 side.

“We’re asking for the same principles individually and as a team so it’s never an issue for them.”

Manchester City are also on 14 points after beating Tottenham Hotspur last time out and Hunter is expecting a technical game.

He added: “I’ve watched footage of them and they’re very talented, very good individually coming from all over the world really.

“They’ve got quite a few Spanish players so it’s going to be a very technical game so we need to deal with their threats as normal and play the way we need to.”

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