A well-taken goal and a hard-fought clean sheet against Blackburn in the Premier League Cup gave Yan Valery plenty to be pleased about on Monday night, but the French defender is convinced that Saints still have areas in which to improve.
The 18-year-old was a constant threat down the right-hand side in Southampton's confident 2-0 win over Blackburn at Staplewood Campus and his goal laid the foundations for 'a strong team performance' from Radhi Jaïdi's side.
Valery's invention in finishing coolly under pressure gave the home side the lead just before half-time and while they defended their lead manfully, the visitors made enough chances to earn something from the encounter.
"We're always happy to win but we could have managed the game better," Valery commented after the final whistle. "Blackburn had chances to score at the end and that was avoidable.
"It was nice to score and as a defender, you always want to keep a clean sheet. We played well as a team, particularly in the second half.
"We stood together but we know where we can improve; we conceded too many chances late on. It's important that we take the positives and keep that in mind going into our next game."