Martin Hunter was full of praise for his Southampton Under-23s side, following their 2-0 Premier League 2 win over Leicester City.
Goals from Ryan Seager and Alfie Jones secured all three points at Holmes Park, but it was the manner of the victory that most impressed Hunter.
“From start to finish we were very professional,” he started.
“We prepared for their type of play, which we got, and to a man we played really well and created several chances.
“We had an experienced team out tonight with more of our Under-23s players. I also thought the senior players were excellent.
“Cuco was great – he influenced the players in front of him. Florin was also very assured and Harrison’s attitude was again outstanding. He ran the game for us.”
Alfie Jones played alongside Harrison Reed and Thomas O’Connor in midfield for Saints.
And although playing away from his usual defensive position, the 19-year-old put in a fine display – setting up Seager’s opener before netting himself.
“He’s played there before as a youngster,” explained Hunter.
“There wasn’t a slot for him tonight at centre half, so it’s always good to expose a player sometimes to a different position.
“Playing there certainly relies on your feet being sharper and I thought he did really well in all aspects this evening.”