Southampton Under-23s coach Radhi Jaïdi praised the side for their show of desire as they secured a 1-0 win over Swansea City in the Premier League Cup.
Tyreke Johnson’s early header proved the difference between the two sides at Landore training ground for their first win in the group.
And Jaïdi was delighted with the performance after they bounced back from defeat to Derby County last time out.
“It was a tremendous performance and a good reaction from last week. We prepared everything for the boys to get ready and we had a great response,” said Jaïdi.
“They showed a big desire and a great understanding of what we spoke about throughout the week.
“We started a little bit on the back foot, but as soon as we had the ball back we had a great opportunity at the start of the game.
“We didn’t have as many chances as we normally do but one chance got us the three points and the performance was great.
“We played against experienced boys who are probably physically bigger. One example is Jake Vokins who did very well against Alex Samuel, who was probably Swansea’s best player.”
As well as being clinical in attack, Saints were also resolute defensively to keep the hosts at bay.
Jaïdi added: “It was a great set up. It was a good performance from the three midfielders especially who kept their discipline and shape to screen the back four.
“We know Swansea would do a lot of rotation in midfield areas and link with the wide players so we were pleased.”