Southampton Under-23s midfielder Josh Sims is relishing the prospect of going toe to toe with Crawley Town in the Checkatrade Trophy at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
Although both sides have already progressed to the knockout stages of the competition, Sims is keen to use the match to pit his wits against the experienced League Two side.
“It’ll be a tough test, but the lads are looking forward to it,” explained Sims.
“It’ll be a lot different to a normal Under-23s game – of course it will bring different problems, particularly with the physical side of the game.
“But in recent games we have proved to ourselves and other teams that we can deal with the physical battles with first teams and really take the game to them.”
Martin Hunter’s side currently sit second in the group on four points,
having drawn 0-0 with Charlton and defeated Colchester 2-1 in their previous outings.
And although progression into the final 32 of the competition is already confirmed, Sims is hoping that Saints can maintain their unbeaten momentum.
“To do as well as we have so far is a big achievement,” he continued.
“We’ve played well in every game so far in this competition and were perhaps a bit unlucky with the penalty shoot-out at Charlton.
“Hopefully we can carry the momentum from the previous two games into the Crawley game and remain unbeaten.”