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Claude Puel thrilled with Southampton kids for Cup win

Southampton boss Claude Puel was excited by his youngsters after their EFL Cup win over Crystal Palace.

After Charlie Austin scored the opener at St Mary's Stadium, 20-year-old midfielder Jake Hesketh doubled Southampton's lead as Puel's side advanced to the fourth round.

Puel also selected three 21-year-olds for the match: midfielders Harrison Reed and James Ward-Prowse, and defender Matt Targett.

"We changed the team for the start of the game and we saw other players produce a very good game, with quality on the ball and creating many chances," Puel told the club's website.

"I think it is very interesting for the future and we can give also game-time for the young players like Reed or Hesketh.

"This is important for us to develop and improve all these young players."

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