Danny Butterfield wants to see Southampton Under-18s put right their previous league defeat to Fulham when they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The international break allowed Saints an extra week to prepare for the visit of Spurs, and Butterfield believes that the additional time has been beneficial for the whole squad.
“It has been a good opportunity for us to access the season so far,” he started.
“I think there was quite a big contrast between the West Ham and Fulham games. Fulham was a disappointing day for the team and it didn’t feel like us.
“We were quite flat as a group and now we have a great opportunity to respond to that and put into action what we have been working on in training.
“We’ve had a couple of in-house games and seen some very positive performances, so hopefully the boys can progress together now and put in a good performance."
Saints currently sit level on points with Tottenham in the Under-18 Premier League table.
And although Spurs have suffered defeat in their previous two league outings, Butterfield knows the threat that the north London side will pose.
“They are a very talented bunch,” he continued.
“They have individual players that are technically strong and they like to push aggressively from the front, which you expect from a Pochettino type team.
“So it is going to be a tough game, but if we can put into practise what we have been working on then I believe it will be a good test that we can come through positively.”