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Posted on 17 October 2006  - 12:00

There was a sting in the tail for our Under-18s as they came from behind again at Aston Villa in the FA Premier Academy League.

There was a sting in the tail for our Under-18s as they came from behind again at Aston Villa in the FA Premier Academy League.

The lads have turned games around regularly this season - twice winning 3-2 from 2-0 down at half-time - and were on course to do the same again on Saturday.

This time they were 2-1 down at the interval and raced back into a 3-2 lead in the second half but on this occasion they were denied by a Villa equaliser in added time.

Jake Livermore - pictured right - David Hutton and Tomas Pekhart were on target.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe takes up the story. "We played some really good football at times.

"We were younger than we have been in recent weeks due to injuries and commitments to the reserve team, we also had three trialists, who all acquitted themselves well.

"We took an early lead through Jake Livermore, who we all feel could be a real propostion for this Club in the future but to do that he has to get into dangerous areas more and take a chance more often. He did that on Saturday and scored a fantastic goal.

"Even though we played well and created chances we then conceded two goals to a free-kick and a great finish from one of the Villa players, so that was 2-1 down at half-time. We were composed, it's a situation that's fairly familiar to us and we soon turned it around to go 3-2 up.

"Our second goal was after some great work from Jamie Davis, a real talent. He crossed to the far post for David Hutton to equalise and we'd worked on that in training, so that was pleasing.

"The third goal was a counter-attack started by David Button in goal, he found David Hutton, who released Cian Hughton and he crossed for Tomas to do what he does best and get onto things in the box.

"We're still restricted with the game time Troy and Joe Martin can play and that probably disrupted us a little because we made changes and put players in unfamiliar positions so in fairness, we hung on for the last 15 minutes and they scored from a corner two minutes into injury time.

"We had taken three big players off in terms of defending set-pieces, again, not an excuse, but that is some sort of reason behind that equaliser.

"It was a shame for the lads but we've only lost one in eight, so things are going well."

Spurs U18s: Button, Mtandari, Hughton, Wells, Martin (Casey, 46), Archibald-Henville (Mattos, 60), Davis, Livermore, Pekhart (Medley, 65), Hutchins, Hutton. Unused: Stroud.