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Academy lads react to Arsenal win

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 26 November 2013  - 10:04

Academy goalkeeper Luke McGee was happy with the team’s overall performance as our Under-18s returned to winning ways against Arsenal at the weekend.

Goalkeeper Luke McGee rushes off his line to take possession on SaturdayWill Miller on the ballNathan Oduwa controls the ball on the left

It was a first victory in five attempts for the lads and, although he admitted his disappointment at conceding twice in Saturday’s 4-2 win, our young stopper believes the manner in which the youngsters claimed the three points was encouraging.

“It’s obviously always good to beat Arsenal but most importantly it was good to get back to winning ways with a good performance,” said Luke.

“I think that we dominated the whole game really, and I was a bit disappointed to concede two, but overall I think the scoreline was quite fair.”

Two goals from Will Miller, one from Cameron Carter-Vickers and an own goal saw the lads over the line in Saturday’s game, as the team recovered from a 3-1 defeat away to Leicester City last week.

And midfield playmaker Will said he’s happy with the progress he’s been making as the season has gone on.

“I was happy with the two goals and I thought I had a good second half,” Will said. “I was pleased with my own performance as well as the team’s.

“I’ve worked a lot on becoming more of an effective player, scoring goals and creating goals, and I think I’ve improved on that this season.”

Nathan Oduwa hit the post in the second half as our lads continued to apply pressure, and the left-sided attacker believes the team can build on Saturday’s result – and the opening months of the season in general – in a bid to consolidate a position in the upper reaches of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League.

“We’ve had a great start to the season,” Nathan said. “We went seven games unbeaten and now we’ve won 10 games out of 14 which is good, so the season has gone well and hopefully we can carry on and win the league.”

Coming later – we’ll have the views of more of our Academy lads as they prepare for Monday night’s FA Youth Cup clash with Middlesbrough at Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium.