Southampton technical director Martin Hunter has praised Tottenham Hotspur's under-21 side after the two clubs battled to a 0-0 draw on Monday evening.
He said: "As a game of football, in terms of technical stuff and tactical stuff, chatting to the players afterwards, that’s the hardest game we’ve had
"The tempo throughout the 90 minutes was very high, Tottenham were a very good team and in the second half and we found it tough, so to come away with a point is pleasing. We don’t ever want to play for a point, but that was a positive for me."
It was not just youngsters who praised the Spurs performance, with Southampton's side containing first team players Ryan Bertrand and Harrison Reed.
Tottenham's line-up included Harry Winks and Josh Onomah, who have both made cameo appearances for the first team, and defender Bongali Khumalo.
The draw keeps Southampton in second place in the under-21 table behind Manchester United, with Tottenham two points behind the Saints.
However Spurs have two games in hand, as do Chelsea who are one point ahead, and even if Southampton's technical director feels it was a point gained, in terms of the table it was a missed opportunity.