Butterfield expecting physical West Ham test

By SFC Media Fri 18 Aug Danny Butterfield

Southampton Under-18s are expecting a physical challenge when they take on West Ham United tomorrow.

Assistant Coach Danny Butterfield is more than aware of what awaits his side at Little Heath, though he is confident of a good result if Saints can replicate parts of last weekend’s performance.

“I think certainly the first half performance against Leicester was very, very positive,” started Butterfield.

“Again there will be one or two changes to the team, but if the lads can replicate those standards for a long period of time then I think we will be in for a good day.

“From what we’ve seen of West Ham it will be a tough game, as we know they are a big powerful side and will want to put right their opening result away at Brighton.”

With the league campaign back under way, the Saints youngsters now also have the Under-18 Premier League Cup to look forward to.

Drawn on Monday, they will face Reading, Manchester City and Norwich City in the group stages - and Butterfield feels the competition will be a great addition to the fixture calendar.

“I think it is good for the lads to be in a competition where winning is key rather than development,” he continued.

“I think it is good that they have the opportunity to get in the mind-set of either you win or you get knocked out.

“The pressure is then on for them to find a solution to win the game rather than developing as individuals. It is certainly a competition we are looking forward to and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves.”

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