Radhi Jaïdi was left with nothing but praise for the manner in which his Southampton Under-23s side saw off Reading.
The Saints youngsters kick-started their Premier League 2 season with a 4-0 win at St Mary’s, and Jaïdi has now challenged them to maintain that standard over the coming season.
“I am pleased with the performance the boys have put in tonight,” he started.
“They have ticked most of the boxes in terms of the objectives and plans we set for the game – we also scored four goals and kept a clean sheet.
“It was a great performance and we’ve set the standard now. We’ve told them that is the standard that we need to show and put in every game.”
Tyreke Johnson’s opener on 15 minutes was followed by a Jonathan Afolabi brace and own goal from Reading captain Gabriel Osho to compelte the scoreline.
And Jaïdi was delighted to see some his side’s training ground work come to fruition in a match scenario.
“We focused a lot on crosses from the wide areas and crosses into the box,” he continued.
“Today we saw the four goals come from crosses from both sides, so I am really pleased to seen that being taken into the game.
“Hopefully we can continue to use that as a strength and reinforce it with some more good work.”