Craig Fleming was pleased with Southampton Under-18s’ technical display in their final game of the season against Sunderland.
Harlem Hale’s late strike earned Saints a share of the points at St Mary’s, and Fleming praised the way in which his men responded to playing at the stadium.
“Performance wise it was very good,” he started.
“You never really know when you play at the stadium how the young boys are going to react, but I thought they all looked very comfortable here.
“It didn’t overawe them and it was probably one of the best performances we’ve had on the ball for a long time.”
Despite their dominance on the ball, Saints were unable to find a way through and the Black Cats took the lead thanks to Owen Gamble’s first-half free-kick.
But Fleming was confident that his men would continue to create openings in the second half.
“We just told the lads to keep going at half time,” he continued.
“They are an incredibly fit bunch and in almost every game this season we have been the stronger team coming towards the end of games.
“So we told them to hang on in there because they would get stronger, and they did. We created more and more chances – thankfully one of them went in.”