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Posted on 14 December 2006  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe took plenty of positives from our Under-18s draw against high-flying Leicester in the FA Premier Academy League.

Alex Inglethorpe took plenty of positives from our Under-18s draw against high-flying Leicester in the FA Premier Academy League.The Foxes went into the game top of the division with nine wins and a draw in 11 matches but coach Alex felt the lads deserved to win the encounter after coming from 1-0 down in the first half.

Jake Livermore (pictured) slotted the equaliser - his third goal in five games - with 15 minutes remaining to stretch our unbeaten run to eight games and just one defeat in 12 so far.

Alex reported: "Leicester have done well, as have we, and it's nice to be involved in a game that really means something in terms of league position.

"They penned us in during the first half and we didn't solve the problems they set us.

"We were a goal down at half-time but in the second half we should have gone on to win the game, a draw was the least we deserved. We started to pass the ball well and created a lot of chances and I was really pleased with how we played.

"Our goal came from Jake Livermore after good work from Cian Hughton and David Hutton on the left - they were a real thorn in Leicester's side, combining well as a full-back and wide player - the ball was crossed and Jake gambled on getting to the far post and finished well.

"Long-term, the players will have to solve the problems earlier than they did and I'm talking about when a team makes it very difficult to play your style of football and how you control the game in that style. It's something they will come across, teams will make it difficult for you if you want to play a passing game, which we obviously do. They have to learn how to cope with that but so far, the lads have done very well."

Spurs U18s: Button, Mtandari, Hughton, Archibald-Henville, Mills, Martin (Casey, 40), Davis (Fraser-Allen, 60), Livermore, Pekhart, Mason (Hutchins, 70), Hutton. Unused subs: Stroud, Smith.