Brighton a familiar foe for Fleming

By SFC Media Fri 10 Mar Saints v Brighton

Southampton Under-18s host Brighton & Hove Albion at Staplewood on Saturday, just two weeks on from when they beat the Seagulls 2-0.

Saints have been drawn into the same Under-18 Premier League group as their fellow south coast side, and Craig Fleming is keen to see his side continue their impressive recent run.

“We’ve been in pretty good form post Christmas and have been picking up some good results recently,” he started.

“We’ve played the three teams coming into the group from our league recently and got positive results. And whilst we don’t know much about the northern sides, I think it is geared up to be a pretty competitive group.

“It’s only been two weeks or so since we last played Brighton here, so we certainly know each other’s games inside out.”

Saints head into the play-off stages of the league campaign having picked up three consecutive victories over Swansea, Brighton and Leicester City.

Siph Mdlalose suffered injury during the most recent win away at Leicester, though Fleming explained that the winger’s knock was not as bad as first feared.

“He has dodged a bullet there,” he continued.

“He got his foot caught in the ground and twisted his knee. He was in quite a bit of pain, but he has been very lucky to come away without a serious injury.

“As it stands it’s just a bit of bone bruising so it shouldn’t be that long until he is back with us again.”

U18 Gallery: Saints 2-0 Brighton
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U18 Gallery: Saints 2-0 Brighton

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