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Posted on 9 October 2006  - 12:00

John McDermott had mixed feelings after our Under-18s came from 2-0 down to earn a point at Watford.

John McDermott had mixed feelings after our Under-18s came from 2-0 down to earn a point at Watford.

Tomas Pekhart (pictured) grabbed both goals – one from Cian Hughton’s cross, the second from the penalty spot after Daniel Hutchins was fouled – as the FA Premier Academy League encounter finished in a 2-2 draw.

Although delighted that the lads showed the spirit to come back, Academy manager John was disappointed with the overall performance.

“It was the first time in the last five games where I’ve come away a little disappointed,” said John. “Watford were strong, physical and we weren’t at the races for the first 45 minutes.

“There were a few stern words said at half-time and the players are well aware that they shouldn’t need that to get them in the right mentality.

“We got quickly back into credit in the second half thanks to good work from Jonathan Obika, one of our Under-16s, who was excellent making his debut. He set up Cian Hughton, a left-footed cross and Tomas Pekhart finished very well.

“The equaliser came after good work from Daniel Hutchins, he won a penalty and Tomas scored from the spot. We hit the post, hit the crossbar and had a couple of very good chances so we could have turned it around completely. It does show spirit but we would expect that.

“We want to try to impose our style and the way we want to play on teams and in the second half we weren’t able to do that, we were just chasing.

“Having said that, all credit to the lads that they had the mentality to get back and get a point.”

Spurs U18s: Button, Smith (Butcher, 72), Hughton, Mtandari, Dervite, Lewis (Wells, 60), Livermore, Hutton (Hutchins, 60), Davis, Pekhart, Obika. Unused sub: Stroud.