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Posted on 11 March 2006  - 12:00

Our Under-18s were left to rue a host of missed chances as they suffered a 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Our Under-18s were left to rue a host of missed chances as they suffered a 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.

Coach Pat Holland - who was impressed with Joe Martin (pictured) starting in a new centre-back role - was left wondering how the lads failed to bring back any reward from south London.

He reported: "I thought we played well in the first half, got in behind them and created two really good chances.

"We should have scored but at that stage of the game I was thinking that if we continued playing our football we would get something out of it.

"Unfortunately, they then scored a few minutes into the second half - a good goal from them, the lad got to the byline, cross and a good header. From a defensive point of view we were disappointed though.

"We then had another good spell and created three gilt-edged chances only to squander all three of them.

"All three were with just the keeper to beat but we missed the target on two of them and the keeper saved the third.

"We always looked as if we might get something out of it but we just couldn't stick the ball away.

"From a player point of view there were a few good performances - Joe Martin did well at centre-half, so that was pleasing and Terry Dixon is looking stronger and catching the eye."

Spurs U18s: Button, Kyriacou, Hughton, Lewis, Peprah, Martin, Davis (Heller, 65), Maghoma, Hamed, Dixon, Hutton. Unused subs: Lake, Livermore.