Southampton Under-23s coach Radhi Jaïdi is keen to see a response from his side when they face Bristol City on Friday night.
Saints head into the Premier League Cup encounter off the back of 3-1 league defeat to Arsenal, and Jaïdi wants to see an improved performance.
“I am expecting a good and positive reaction from our younger boys,” he explained.
“When we watched back the Arsenal game, we performed well in parts but obviously conceded some sloppy goals. The focus has been on our concentration and defending.
“The boys understand now what is required, so hopefully they will deliver that and keep the consistency of what we do. That’s what it is about.”
Jaïdi’s side have already faced Bristol City in the competition's reverse fixture.
Saints suffered a 2-1 home defeat back in September, but Jaïdi is confident of turning that around on Friday.
“Despite the injuries in that game, we were in control,” he continued.
“We played our football and created some chances, but when we had some injuries we struggled a little bit and conceded from set-plays.
“We are going to come up against a team that are pretty physical upfront and will play direct if we can press them well.”