Fleming: They will remember that game forever

By SFC Media Mon 12 Dec Man United vs Saints

Manager Craig Fleming believes Southampton's 2-1 FA Youth Cup victory over Manchester United will live long in the memory of his players.

Saints fought back from 1-0 down at Old Trafford to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory, thanks to late goals from Thomas O’Connor and Will Smallbone.

“They will remember that game forever,” explained Fleming.

“That will be something special for those lads for the rest of their lives.

“I said to them in the changing room afterwards that there are players that have had great careers and never played at Old Trafford.

“So do that alone, at such a young age, is fantastic for their development. Then to go and win, I just said it to them then, that’s a memory for the rest of their lives.”

Saints had to wait until the 82nd minute before O’Connor cut in from the left to curl in what seemed to be a late equaliser.

But substitute Smallbone then fired in a winner just minutes later to ensure a dramatic victory and safe passage to the next round of the competition.

“We worked ever so hard in pre-season,” continued Fleming.

“So they are a very fit bunch and mentally very resilient - I knew as the game went on that we would be the stronger side.

“They were playing a very good team who we knew would have a lot of possession, so we had a game plan to stick to and the lads did that for the best part of the game. They were very, very good.”


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