There’s no shame in taking a beating from a top-quality side, and fielding several league-one first-teamers, Southampton were always going to be too strong for the Academy lads. As coach Jon Goodman says, defeats like this can be a huge learning experience and it’s important to build from the positives rather than the scoreline.
Little did we know it at the time, but the young whipper-snapper running rings around the Academy defence would go on to represent England with two years. Can you guess who it is?? Ok we’ll tell you, the supremely talented Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.