Fleming: It really was a game of two halves

By SFC Media Sat 19 Nov Chelsea U18 vs Saints U18

Southampton Under-18s manager Craig Fleming admitted to having mixed emotions following his side’s 4-1 defeat away to Chelsea.

In what was an archetypal game of two halves, Saints led at the break through Micahel Obafemi's early goal before four second-half strikes then secured victory for the hosts.

“It’s the oldest cliché in football, but it really was a game of two halves,” said Fleming.

“The first half was probably as well as we’ve played this season, in what was a really tough game. We were executing everything we had worked on in training and were looking dangerous on the break.

“Then in the second half we conceded two early goals from individual mistakes and just capitulated.

“That’s the disappointing thing for me, because even at 2-1 in the second half I felt we were still massively in the game - especially on the counter attack with the pace that we have.”

Fleming made five changes to his side for the visit to Cobham, which included a starting berth for 17-year-old Harrison Davis at right back.

And despite playing out of his natural position, the manager was pleased with what he saw from the first year scholar.

“We’ve looked at what Harrison’s best position is long term,” continued Fleming.

"There's been conversations between all of the coaches and also with Harrison himself.

“He’s got all the natural attributes that a modern day full-back needs. He’s very quick, tenacious and good going forwards.

“And he was tremendous there today. He was very nervous before the game, but I thought he did very well."


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