Claude Puel felt the experience gained by young goalkeeper Harry Lewis in the 2-2 draw at Norwich City will stand him in good stead for the future.
The 19-year-old made his debut for the club, as he was handed a start in the Emirates FA Cup third-round match, at Carrow Road.
Lewis made some good saves during the game, although suffered a moment of misfortune in the second half, when he gave away a penalty that allowed Norwich their first equaliser of the afternoon.
Puel believes there is a lot that the youngster can take from the match, though.
“He made a mistake, but after that he made two or three good saves and he was good overall, so this is an experience for him for his future,” said the Saints boss.
“It’s a good thing always, to try to develop young players like Harry Lewis and others, but it’s a pity for all these young players the result wasn’t [a win].
“But we have another opportunity with the second match against Norwich.”