Fleming: We created a lot of chances

By SFC Media Sat 01 Apr Saints v Newcastle
Photo by Naomi Baker | Craig Fleming

Southampton Under-18s manager Craig Fleming admitted that his side created enough chances to defeat Newcastle United in their latest league fixture.

Saints fought back from one down to take a 2-1 lead into the half-time break, but the visitors then equalised after the break to secure a share of the points.

“I thought it was a very good game,” explained Fleming.

“But we created an awful lot of chances in the game and it was a couple of mistakes defensively from us for both of their goals, really.

“Apart from that they didn’t really threaten us – I think the story of it was really that we created an awful lot of chances and didn’t really take them.”

Mackenzie Heaney’s free-kick gave Newcastle an early lead at Staplewood Campus, as he curled over the wall and under goalkeeper Adam Parkes.

But Fleming was pleased with the manner in which his side netted two goals in as many minutes to take a lead into the break.

“They showed great resilience there,” he continued.

“That’s something that we’ve really worked on. Previously we have conceded one and then before you know it it’s two or three very quickly.

“But they dug in towards the end of the first half and we managed to come into the break on top. It was just a shame, then, that it was an individual mistake for their equaliser."