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Posted on 13 February 2006  - 12:00

Pat Holland was pleased after an Under-18 side that included five schoolboys came home with a point from Milton Keynes Dons.

Pat Holland was pleased after an Under-18 side that included five schoolboys came home with a point from Milton Keynes Dons.

There were debuts for Takura Mtandari and Saulo Asajile and a first start for Daniel Hutchins while Terry Dixon and Jake Livermore furthered their Academy experience this season.

Chances were few and far between in what Pat described as a classic 'game of two halves' as the sides fought out a stalemate.

Here is Pat's rundown. "We were struggling beforehand in terms of numbers but got through it okay and it was a great opportunity to look at young Takura at right-back.

"It meant we started with four schoolboys and that was terrific.

"I thought we played well in the first half and created a couple of chances.

"We didn't manage to get around the back as much as we did in the last two games against Reading and Watford but we made a couple of chance and failed to put them away.

"Our best chance came via a great cross from Jamie Davis, Simon Dawkins just about got his head to it and it fell to Terry Dixon with just the keeper to beat but he snatched at it and it was an opportunity gone.

"In the second half I went around the other side of the pitch to keep an eye on Takura and realised then that there was a big slope on the pitch and that made a big difference.

"They looked the more likely to score in the second half and at the end of the game, it wasn't a great performance but we took the point to keep things moving along."

Spurs U18s: Button, Mtandari, Kyriacou, Lewis, Smith, Lake, Davis, Livermore, Dawkins, Dixon (Asajile, 60), Hutchins. Unused subs: Obika, Townsend.