Fleming: It was a great response

By SFC Media Sat 05 Nov Swansea U18 vs Saints U18

Southampton Under-18s coach Craig Fleming has praised the response shown by his players during their 1-1 league draw away at Swansea City.

Siph Mdlalose’s first-minute strike immediately helped Saints bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Fulham and secure a point on the road in Wales.

“It was a great response from last week,” explained Fleming.

“We started very well and went 1-0 up very early on. We were controlling the game and created a couple of half-chances.

“Unfortunately we didn’t take them and then we just slipped away a bit, but all in all it was a much more positive performance.”

Saints could well have taken all three points in Landore, had Christoph Klarer not been flagged offside as he tapped in Will Smallbone's second-half free-kick at the back post.

But despite the goal being ruled out, Fleming was pleased to see his young players taking their learning from the training pitch into a match situation.

“We’ve worked on that quite a bit,” he continued.

“It’s happened twice in games now – Christoph has scored both, but unfortunately he has been offside both times!

“But it’s pleasing to see a set-piece like that and it’s something we’ll keep working at, especially with the threat of [Aaron] O’Driscoll and [Christoph] Klarer and the height we have in the team.”