Alex Inglethorpe was impressed with our Under-18s league opener against FA Youth Cup holders Manchester City - his only regret that we didn't hold out for a win.
The lads led 2-0 and 3-2 in Saturday's FA Premier Academy League affair before City struck a late equaliser for a 3-3 final scoreline.
Danny Rose scored twice and Ryan Mason slotted home from the penalty spot as we took control against a team that won its division in the FAPAL by nine points last season.
"In terms of the first game of the season it was the perfect test," reflected coach Alex. "We gave City the respect they deserved and it was an ideal opportunity to take on the FA Youth Cup holders and a team that had done so well last season.
"With that in mind, our lads deserve huge credit for the way they went about the game, to go 1-0 up, 2-0 up and then 3-2 up and we should have gone on to win it. City managed to pull it back late in the game and that showed what they are about as well.
"I thought it was excellent that we managed to take control for long period of the game. Overall, it was a fantastic advert for Academy football."
Spurs U18s: Jansson, Smith, Mtandari, Kasim, C Butcher, Caulker, M'puku (Townsend, 70), Mason, Fraser-Allen (Bostock, 80), Rose, Obika. Unused: Dalton, Ekim, Byrne