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Posted on 7 February 2007  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe felt our Under-18s showed real character in the mud and rain to beat Bristol City in the FA Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Alex Inglethorpe felt our Under-18s showed real character in the mud and rain to beat Bristol City in the FA Premier Academy League on Saturday.In their first match since going out of the FA Youth Cup at Chester City, the lads dug deep to secure a 2-1 victory with goals from Leigh Mills (pictured right with Alex) after 10 minutes and the winner from Tomas Pekhart in the 70th minute. It was Pekhart’s 16th goal in 14 matches.

Coach Alex reported: “The conditions were as bad as we’ve played in and in all truth, the referee did well to keep the game going because with 15 minutes remaining, it was very difficult with a lot of water on the pitch and it was a bit of a mudbath.

“Before that, we played well, it was an open game and what it allowed us to show was that the lads have a lot of character.

“There was a will to win, players threw themselves in front of shots and there was no hint of rolling over in the battle and sometimes those wins are just as satisfying as when you’ve got the ball down and played.

“The first goal came from Leigh Mills via a corner, something we’d worked on and the second when David Hutton was brought down by the goalkeeper and Tomas Pekhart scored from the spot.

“In-between the goals we had chances, Chris Casey had a header cleared off the line and Andros Townsend, who was exceptional when he came on, had a one-on-one chance that the keeper did well to save

“It was very pleasing and that’s one defeat in 15 games, so that’s no bad record. It shows the consistency we're after.”

Spurs U18s: Button, Hughton, Martin, Hutchins, Mills, Casey (Kasim, 45), Fraser-Allen (Mtandari, 80), Archibald-Henville, Pekhart, Medley (Townsend, 55), Hutton.