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Posted on 27 March 2006  - 12:00

Pat Holland admitted the mood was low in the dressing room after our Under-18s were on the receiving end of a late, late show from Leicester City.

Pat Holland admitted the mood was low in the dressing room after our Under-18s were on the receiving end of a late, late show from Leicester City.

The lads looked on course for victory as they forged into a 3-1 lead after 60 minutes playing some of their best football of recent weeks. Simon Dawkins (pictured) was in fine form and was on target alongside Radwan Hamed and Matthew Wells.

But the home side struck back with 15 minutes remaining and completed their comeback with two goals inside the final five minutes for a final 4-3 scoreline.

Here is Pat's rundown. "We had a bit of re-adjusting to do because we lost Jacques with an ankle injury in training on Friday and then Alex Smith was injured in a tackle after 15 minutes.

"We wanted to put one over on Leicester because they really bashed us in the first half when we lost 4-0 against them last month.

"It was an even start, we had one or two decent chances and the opening goal was quite fortunate as we crossed the ball, the keeper fumbled it and Radwan Hamed tapped into an open net.

"Simon Dawkins was looking dangerous and we said at half-time for the lads to try and get the ball into him and go from there.

"All we really needed to do was keep it level for about 20 minutes but within two minutes of the restart Tommy let a shot beat him too easily and it was 1-1.

"We then had our best spell. Simon put a great cross in for Matty Wells to volley in at the far post for 2-1 and then Simon picked the ball up himself and finished well to the keeper’s right. That was after about 60 minutes and we were really on top.

"But a couple of the lads tired and we were still trying to go forward and create when maybe we should have gone a little more solid and tried to shut up shop.

"Leicester got a goal back and it really perked them up and they then threw everything at us and we couldn’t contain them.

"It was a great shame because for up to an hour we played some good stuff and the spell at the start of the second half was excellent. I felt sorry for the kids because they put so much into it and you could see they were determined to win. The dressing room was as low at it’s been all season."

Spurs U18s: Forecast, Smith, Hughton, Wells, Mills, Martin, Davis, Lewis, Hamed, Dawkins, Livermore. Subs: Lake, Hutchins, Townsend.