Fleming praises 'tremendous' Norwich display

By SFC Media Sat 21 Jan Norwich U18 vs Saints U18
Photo by Naomi Baker | Craig Fleming

Southampton Under-18s manager Craig Fleming has praised the manner in which his side secured a 2-1 victory away at Norwich City.

Second-half strikes from Jonathan Afolabi and Will Smallbone saw Saints defeat the Canaries, and Fleming was pleased to see such a response from his players.

“The result is obviously great for the lads,” he started.

“But the performance I thought was tremendous today. We put a few demands on from the performance last week and they delivered.

“Butts and I spoke to a few individuals throughout the week and they responded in the right way. I thought they were very good today.”

Saints went 1-0 down within the first minute at Colney Training Centre, but fought back to create a strong foothold in the game.

And Fleming felt his side’s impressive performance could well have warranted a heftier scoreline.

“We were very good on the ball today,” he continued.

“We dominated possession – that’s as good as I have seen us on the ball for some time, actually.

“In the middle two thirds of the pitch I thought we were tremendous. Good movement, good rotation in midfield, kept it and switched play well.

“It was probably just in their box that we needed to show a bit more quality with sharper movements to finish the chances we were creating.”


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