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Academy round-up

Posted on 7 October 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE

Spurs U19s 1-1 Southampton

Pat Holland was delighted with this point against a Saints side who have made an impressive start to the season.

Mark Yeates (pictured) marked his return from injury with the equaliser, capping a fine display from both him and the lads.

Coach Pat reported: "Southampton had won five out of their six games and came here undefeated, so they were a strong side and it was an excellent game.

"If any neutrals were here and watched the game I'm sure they would have been impressed with the spirit of both sides.

"We went a goal down early on, a defensive error allowing the Southampton forward through on goal. That was after about four minutes and a setback that early, especially with the reputation Southampton have.

"But the lads rolled their sleeves up and by the end of the first half I thought we were slightly unfortunate not to be back in it.

"Having said that, you could see if they got their heads down and worked properly there would always be an opportunity to get back into the game.

"We came out in the second half, passed the ball well and got an excellent goal back from Mark Yeates, who played well throughout.

"The general team play was very good and I was very pleased with them.

"In the end it was 1-1 and I think we were unlucky not to sneak it but it was great to see two young teams play so well."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, Francis, O'Hara, Foster, Dobson, McKenna, Malcolm (Price, 80), Slabber, Yeates, Jenkins (Wettner, 70). Unused subs: Hicks, Hodges, Watson.

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Spurs U17s 0-6 Aston Villa

Coach Jimmy Neighbour was understandably disappointed after Saturday's defeat.

Jimmy explained: "It was a poor performance and disappinting for everyone involved.

"We matched them for 15 minutes and we were okay but two poor defensive mistakes and we were 2-0 down.

"The referee then awarded a penalty that wasn't and we conceded a fourth goal that was just as sloppy. Suddenly we're 4-0 down and although we didn't perhaps deserve to be 4-0 down, we did defend poorly.

"There is a lot of work to be done with this group in their defensive play, not just defenders but all over the field.

"We're not a bad team on the ball but we've got to improve without it and that's something we've got to work on and we'll work on it with them.

"At the end of the day though, they can't expect to make the mistakes they've made, give goals away like that and still win games. I know it's not just about that but to lose 6-0 isn't on at this stage."

Spurs U17s: Forecast, Riley, Wright (Harvey, 65), Lee, Welch, Daniels, Mascarenhas, Maghoma, Thyer (Lewis, 55), Barcham (Dawkins, 64), Stevens. Unused subs: Button, Kyriacou.