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Posted on 20 February 2006  - 12:00

Charlie Daniels added another string to his bow as our Under-18s suffered a late defeat at runaway divisional leaders Aston Villa.

Charlie Daniels added another string to his bow as our Under-18s suffered a late defeat at runaway divisional leaders Aston Villa.

The left-sided midfielder or full-back - on target for the reserves last week - answered coach Pat Holland's call and started in central defence in Saturday's 3-2 defeat.

The lads took a deserved lead through Jake Livermore but were hauled back as Villa took a 2-1 lead into the interval.

Jacques Maghoma levelled it up at 2-2 only for Villa to grab the three points with a goal two minutes from time.

Here are Pat's views on the game. "It was basically a completely new defence with the likes of Leigh Mills, Chris Riley, Troy Archibald-Henville and Joe Martin all out.

"I asked Charlie to do a job for us and he said 'no problems' and he did great - I think he's a super lad anyway.

"Villa are doing well and are a strong side, very competitive and we always have a good game against them.

"We started really well and some of our play down the right was excellent, combination play between Simon Dawkins and Jamie Davis was textbook at times.

"I felt we could have done more in the areas we hit because we got around the back on the right so many times.

"In the end we scored after about 20 minutes, a ball from the right was laid back and a good finish from Jake Livermore.

"We then gave away a needless penalty five minutes later that they stuck away and that brought them back into the game. They then had a little luck with a ricochet around in the box that fell nicely to one of their players and suddenly we were 2-1 down. Other than the two goals I couldn't really fault the lads at half-time.

"The second half wasn't as fluent but we still did okay and we levelled it with a ball from the right and Jacques Maghoma stole in at the far post, just met it before the defender and finished well.

"That made it 2-2 and you are thinking 'go on and win it' but we then lost John Kyriacou and that unsettled us a little because the back four had done well.

"We became a little disjointed and with a couple of minutes left a ball was crossed in to the far post, we were caught and they scored the winner.

"In the end it was a disappointing result but a smashing performance."

Spurs U18s: Button, Kyriacou (Heller, 75), Lake, Lewis, Smith, Daniels, Davis, Livermore, Dawkins, Dixon, Maghoma. Unused sub: Hutton.