Jaïdi wants response at Derby

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Southampton Under-23s return to Premier League 2 action on Monday night, as they travel to face Derby County at the iPro Arena.

The Rams currently sit bottom of the table with Saints up in 4th, however coach Radhi Jaïdi insists his players must focus on their own game and not the league standings.

“We are expecting a good performance,” said Jaïdi.

“We want to see all of the boys involved doing the basics right and performing well individually as well as collectively.

“I have watched Derby’s last couple of games. They have some good individuals and look to play out from the back, as well as some direct play at times.

“We have a rough idea of what to expect from them and will be working with the boys to prepare them for that challenge.”

Saints suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Manchester City at Staplewood Campus in their previous league outing.

And Jaïdi explained that he would like to see a response from his players on Monday night.

“We had a serious talk with the players,” he continued.

“All of them are aware of what we expect from them and hopefully we will see them bounce back.

“Against Man City we were not clinical up front, lacked movement in midfield and could have done better playing out from the back. These are things we have worked on this week.

“Winning and building confidence is an important part of the boys’ development, so hopefully they will perform well and get the win on Monday.”

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