Aaron O’Driscoll is confident Southampton Under-23s’ impressive end to the Premier League 2 season will stand them in good stead for the upcoming play-offs.
The young Saints put bottom club Sunderland to the sword with a 5-1 thrashing at St Mary’s, despite falling behind early on.
Radhi Jaïdi’s side ended the campaign with seven points from their last three games, scoring ten goals along the way, only to lose out on the title to Wolves on goal difference.
Saints now host fifth-placed Aston Villa in the play-off semi-final as they eye the alternative route back to the top tier.
“We’ve nearly reached our goal to win the league,” O’Driscoll said.
“Overall it’s been a really positive season. To cap it off by winning the play-offs – that’s the goal now.
“I think everyone’s confidence is high and we’re showing that on the pitch.
“If we bring that confidence into Friday and hopefully Wednesday (the final), we can win it, definitely.
“It could be a negative that we didn’t win the league, but we’ve got two more games to round it off now.”