RADHI Jaidi described Saints’ defeat against Walsall as a money can’t buy experience for his youngsters.

Dan Scarr scored the only goal of the game in the Leasing.com Trophy which left the St Mary’s youngsters winless from their opening two matches of the competition.

The League Two side managed to limit Saints to just a handful of opportunities despite a shaky start.

Speaking to the Southampton FC website, Jaidi said: "It was a really good performance, especially the first 25 minutes where we imposed ourselves and played our football.

"But we stopped doing that, let them get their confidence and then they're playing their game, which is more direct, using wide areas and crosses.

"Despite the goal we conceded, it was a good experience.

“There is a bit of frustration from the boys that there were opportunities to do what we needed to do in certain areas, but that will come.

"Playing against seniors, playing against some experienced league players who've played hundreds of games, that's one thing you can't truly buy for these boys.”

Although gaining qualification out of their Leasing.com Trophy group looks to be a step too far with their next game not until November against Coventry.

Despite the disappointment, Jaidi hopes it will inspire his players to continue their hard work.

He added: "From the last three weeks, we've started to build up that confidence, but also the performances against the teams we're playing against. Of course, we need to work and improve ourselves."