Fleming: A good experience for the boys

By SFC Media Sat 18 Mar Leicester v Southampton
Photo by Naomi Baker | Craig Fleming

Southampton Under-18s coach Craig Fleming felt there was plenty for his side to benefit from in their narrow defeat at Leicester City.

Saints were beaten 1-0 away to their Foxes counterparts, despite having the better of the chances in difficult conditions, with the game played in a swirling wind and, at times, driving rain.

Fleming was impressed with how his players fought through the elements and also the direct style of their opponents to play some good football.

"It was a tough game on a windy day against a very direct team, so it was a different style of play," he said.

"We started the game brightly and first half I thought we did well. We had the penalty miss and then good chances after it. It probably turned the game a little bit.

"I think if one or two of those go in, which on another day they would have done, then the game changes. But it was just a scrap and a battle.

"Disappointed to lose the game, but it was actually good for the boys to experience a different side of football.

"Overall I thought they battled really well, coped with what they threw at us, matched them in terms of their game plan and then obviously we tried to play in possession."

The result meant the Under-18s' winning streak ended at four matches, and Fleming says there has been a lot to be proud of over recent weeks.

"It has been great," he said. "I said it last year that results are nice, but it's not the be all and end all.

"It's the boys' development and, if you look at the start of the season and where we were as a group and where they're at now, they've made great strides individually and collectively."

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