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Posted on 17 November 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 U17s 2-4 Southampton

Jimmy Neighbour had only praise for his Under-17s after two late goals handed high-flying Saints the points.

The scoreline certainly didn't tell the whole story as the lads played with 10 men for 35 minutes following Stuart Lewis' dismissal.

Goals from Danny Stevens (pictured) and Charlie Lee looked set to earn a point only for Southampton to score twice in the final four minutes.

Coach Jimmy tells the story: "We didn't really deserve to lose 4-2. Southampton played really well for the first 15 minutes and played a lot of football in our half in that period but credit to the lads, we came back into it and also played some decent stuff.

"They took the lead but we fought back with a great goal from Danny Stevens where he's got between the centre-half and the full-back, cut inside, drew the goalkeeper and slotted it past him. I'm delighted for Danny, he's done really well lately.

"We went in at half-time at 1-1 after an even first half and Southampton are a good team, so I was pleased with that.

"But after about 10 minutes of the second half Stuart Lewis received a second yellow card and was sent off and that didn't help our cause. It was 1-1 at the time and we were in the ascendency.

"It didn't look like we had 10 men though - we still played well and created chances even though they had an extra man.

"They eventually went 2-1 up with a goal that I thought was a foul but the referee didn't give it but we hit back with a free-kick from Charlie Lee from the edge of the box - a great strike, top corner, the keeper had no chance.

"It was 2-2 with four or five minutes left when Southampton scored twice and that was a shame after the way we played.

"Overall I was very pleased with how we played, how we attacked and we created a number of chances. Southampton are top and we matched them."

Spurs U17s: Forecast, Kyriacou, Wright, Lewis, Riley, Lee, Mascarenhas (Heller, 58), Maghoma, Thyer (Dawkins, 70), Stevens, Daniels (Seanle, 88). Unused subs: Button, Peprah.

FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE

West Ham U19s 1-0 Spurs

A debated penalty proved the difference between the sides as our Under-19s run of victories came to an end at West Ham.

But coach Pat Holland had few complaints and was generally disappointed with the performance.

Coach Pat reflected: "Both sides were evenly matched although it wasn't a terrific game. They had a couple of breaks in the first half, Nicky Eyre (pictured) made a couple of great saves and at half-time I thought they were the better side.

"I didn't think we'd played as well as we might have done on the back of our recent run.

"They had a series of free-kicks that caused us problems and we didn't deal with one that came back off the post and Ricky Dobson was penalised after he fell back and apparently handled it.

"It was one of those that could have gone our way on another day but to be honest, they deserved it.

"We never really got it going at all. We had a couple of half-chances but it was disappointing and the performance was a little flat."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, Francis, Barnett (McKie, 65), Foster, Dobson, McKenna (Hicks, 70), Barcham, Slabber, O'Hara, Wettner. Unused sub: Jenkins.