Martin Hunter has called on Southampton Under-23s to be at their free-flowing best when they face Leicester City on Monday night.
Saints travel north to face the foxes in Premier League 2 action, and Hunter knows the importance the game could have on the league standings.
“We’ve prepared well,” he started.
“Obviously the table is very tight – they are two places below us – so we will need to be firing on all cylinders.
“We’ve had a really young squad recently and there’s been a lot of good individual performances; they are learning in difficult circumstances, so we just need to keep going.”
Saints suffered a 3-1 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur in their previous league outing.
But despite the result, Hunter believes there were plenty of positives to take away from his side’s performance in Stevenage.
“We’ve been playing in fits and starts,” he continued.
“We need to work on doing the basics well and consistently. We can’t defend how we did in the first half against Spurs and then be much changed for the second.
“We want an elongated period in the game where we do the simple things and do them well. Every time we have done that this season we have put in a good performance and invariably come away with points.”