Jake Sinclair says Southampton’s Under-21s will be looking to put the disappointment of Monday’s game at Wolves behind them on Friday night.
Martin Hunter’s men, who are seeking their first victory in five attempts, travel to Essex for their Elite group game this Friday where they will take on West Ham United.
The match comes hot on the heels of a frustrating 2-2 draw up at Molineux against Wolves, where Saints were pegged back late on and in controversial circumstances with the award of a 95th minute spot kick.
“It wasn’t a penalty, but the referee gave it, and although it’s a bad decision, we just have to get on with it and look forward to the next game,” Sinclair told Saints Player.
“We defended well I thought throughout the game. We were frustrated and disappointed after seeing the incident again on tape as it has hit his shoulder, but we just have to move on from it.
“First half we played really well, and we moved the ball quickly. Second half we came out and did okay, but we didn’t get the ball moving in the final third and we needed to be more clinical as well, so hopefully now we can get the three points at West Ham.”
Jake opened the scoring at Wolves on Monday night with his third strike of the season - a classy finish inside the six yard box - and although disappointed not to have contributed to a win, the striker was pleased with the effort.
“The backheel,” he grinned. “I knew the ‘keeper wouldn’t be ready, so I just thought why not let’s backheel it into the corner!”
With the departures of Sam Hoskins, Jonathan Forte, and Lee Barnard on loan in recent weeks, Sinclair started Monday’s game through the middle, a role which appeared to suit the 18 year-old frontman.
“I can play anywhere across the front three, so it doesn’t really bother me where I play just as long as I play.”