Fleming: We are concentrating on ourselves

By SFC Media Fri 17 Feb Saints U18 vs Swansea U18
Photo by Matt Watson | Craig Fleming

Craig Fleming wants his Southampton Under-18s side to focus on their own performance when they take on Swansea City tomorrow.

The Swans travel to Staplewood in Under-18 Premier League action, having played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture back in November.

“It was a close game at their place,” started Fleming.

“I think we missed a couple of pretty good chances to win it that day, so it should be a good game.

“They [Swansea] have a group that go with the Under-23s and a younger group that play, so they are probably in a similar position to us.

“But at this level you never know what you are going to come up against. All we can do is continue to concentrate on ourselves, our performances and the development of our boys.”

One player that has pushed on in his development of late is Under-18s captain Aaron O’Driscoll.

The centre back made his Under-23s debut in the Premier League Cup earlier this week - something Fleming feels the youngster more than deserved.

“It was fantastic to see,” he continued.

“He’s been really close for quite a while now. He’s been a bit unfortunate because his performances have probably warranted more time with Martin [Hunter] and Radhi [Jaïdi].

“But with the boys doing well at the back for them it’s been difficult for him to break in, so that was really pleasing. He thoroughly deserved it.”

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