Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has commended the performance of his young side after a team including debutant Kgaogelo Chauke helped the club progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Hasenhüttl made seven changes to his team ahead of the Saints' FA Cup Third Round 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening with his selection including debuts for South African-eligible midfielder Kgaogelo Chauke (18) and Caleb Watts.
Following the match, which was settled by goals from fellow academy graduates Dan Nlundulu and captain James Ward-Prowse, the former RB Leipzig boss was quick to salute the performance of his young guns who delivered a strong showing at St. Mary's Stadium.
Scroll through the gallery below to see images of Chauke on his debut for Southampton
"It was a dominant performance. We didn’t score so often but the young lads did okay," Hasenhüttl said following the match, per the club's website.
"The team was trying to break them down but against a deep sitting opponent where there wasn’t a lot of space, you must be patient. We were very, very calm in possession and didn’t give a lot of chances away, I think they only had one, and finally, it was okay.
"We had a few young lads today on the pitch and at the beginning, they were a little bit nervous, but the longer the game went on the calmer they got. I think it was an important experience for them, and these are the games we need to give them, as we must give them the chance to play..."
Chauke is believed to be held in high regard within the Saints camp and his talents have already been recognised by the England management, who afforded him a call-up to the U-18 side for a training camp last year.