Southampton Under-18s assistant manager Danny Butterfield has praised the manner in which his side saw off Swansea City 2-0 in the Under-18 Premier League.
Jonathan Afolabi and Oliver Gardner got on the score sheet for Saints at Staplewood Campus, but it was the approach to the game that most impressed Butterfield.
“It’s very positive in the dressing room after that,” he started.
“The players played very well, especially the way they started the game with a very quick tempo and on the front foot defending.
“Then at the end it was a very professional performance. We could perhaps have been more clinical, but we saw out the clean sheet and, all in all, it was a very positive display.”
Saints had to make do without their usual back two of Aaron O’Driscoll and Christoph Klarer for the visit of the Swans.
But Butterfield felt Ben Rowthorn and Gardner did superbly well to step in as cover.
“There were a number of changes,” he continued.
“But Ollie Gardner came in and did very well, and Ben Rowthorn looked very comfortable at centre back.
“Then Javen [Siu] and Harrison [Davis] either side have been doing very well the last few weeks, so it’s good for their development to come in and put in performances like that.”