Harry Lewis is hopeful that Southampton Under-23s’ visit to Newcastle United on Tuesday can keep them moving in the right direction.
Saints must avoid defeat to progress into the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup, and Lewis admits the current crop of youngsters are hungry to emulate the success of Southampton’s 2015 cup-winning side.
“I wasn’t here when the lads won the cup last time around, but they still talk about it now,” he started.
“It would be great for us to replicate that and Tuesday is a chance for us to get another step in the right direction.
“It was a fairly comfortable game for us back when we played Newcastle, but we know it is the last game of the group and they will be as up for it, as will we. It will be a physical test, but one we need to stand up to.”
Martin Hunter’s men saw off Newcastle 3-0 at Staplewood in the home leg of the Premier League Cup back in December.
Since then goalkeeper Lewis has spent the majority of his time with the first-team set up, though he is glad now to be back in regular action for the Under-23s.
“I had a couple of weeks away and involved with the first team,” he continued.
“That was good, of course, but Under-23s is my level at the moment and I need to make sure I am hitting everything I need to hit at this level.
“So I am more than happy to be back down and getting more game time – it’s more good experience for me.”