The EFL Trophy, on paper, seems to be a competition Southampton should be exceeding in given their great reputation in England for producing and nurturing youth, though that has not been the case.
— SaintsFC: Daily Echo (@dailyechosaints) October 1, 2019
The Saints were beaten in the competition by League Two side Walsall as Radhi Jaidi’s U-23 side suffered their second defeat in a row in the EFL Trophy.
A sole goal is what separated the two teams last night as Southampton’s main development squad continued their woeful start to the season, and supporters on social media were not too pleased with the U-23 team yet again suffering to a defeat on social media.
Here’s what some Saints fans had to say on Twitter following the 1-0 defeat to the Saddlers…
I went to see this game. We were dreadful. How much are we wasting on the academy?
— Spencer Houghton (@SpencerHoughts) October 1, 2019
Many talents went missing , enzo robise, will ferry, …
— Am Kiragu (@pavelamani) October 1, 2019
What's happened to @NathanTella?
— Together as One (@pennycotton0) October 1, 2019
Some fans, though, saw the bright side in the defeat…
Congratulations! Your fans were great the day we went up and #wfc stayed up! All the best for the rest of the season! Was there a programme/ team sheet produced for the game this evening? pic.twitter.com/CKy3EtdntK
— SFC Programmes (@SaintsProgs) October 1, 2019
@Paddy_Harper as big as the Pompy game last week I’d say ????????
— Dan O'Connor (@Wfcdanoc) October 1, 2019
Southampton’s next fixture in the competition takes place in November when the young Saints travel up north to face Coventry City in their final game of the group stage phase of the EFL Trophy.