Butterfield: Players can be proud of Leicester performance

By SFC Media Sat 04 Mar Leicester U18 vs Saints U18
Photo by Naomi Baker | Danny Butterfield

Danny Butterfield believes Southampton Under-18s can be pleased with the manner in which they saw off Leicester City in their latest league outing.

A Callum Slattery brace and single contributions from Will Smallbone and Tyreke Johnson completed a comfortable 4-2 victory, though Butterfield admits his men almost made it hard for themselves towards the end.

“Overall it was a very positive performance,” he started.

“Certainly in the first half with the wind behind us we had Leicester on the back foot and we were clinical in front of goal – we couldn’t have asked for any more.

“Then in the second half, against the wind and a team that were wounded and came out and had a go, we gave ourselves a bit of battle towards the end.”

Victory in Leicester means that the Saints youngsters have now recorded three consecutive victories in the Under-18 Premier League.

And Butterfield is keen to see that momentum continue into the final stages of the season.

“They put in performances to be proud of today,” he continued.

“There are players here playing for positions in the team and others trying to chase players down in the Under-23s, so it is positives all round.

“But now, looking towards the split in the leagues, we are hopeful we can make it four out of four and keep the momentum going.”