Radhi Jaïdi has warned his players of the challenge they will face on Monday night, when they take on Tottenham Under-23s at the Lamex Stadium.
Spurs currently sit 10th in the Premier League 2 table, two points behind Saints in 8th, and Jaïdi knows that victory will help his side move clear of the table’s bottom pack.
“We expect a big challenge,” he started.
“They are a team that are always tough to play against and have some very good individual players, so it will be a good test for our boys.
“Despite the league position of both teams, we are looking to develop players first. But this game could also be important in that aspect as well.
“We need points and so do they, so it’s another motivation for the players to make them challenge for the game even more.”
Jaïdi will once again have Ryan Seager at his disposal, after the striker returned from a long-term injury in the previous league game against Reading.
And his presence will be much welcomed in the Saints camp, as Jake Flannigan, Marcus Barnes and Olufela Olomola all remain side lined through injury.
“We are recovering them one by one,” Jaïdi explained.
“We will always try to give game time to each one of them as they come back, in coordination with the strength and conditioning coaches.
“So hopefully we will get more of them back training with the team soon and then we can look to give them some minutes.”