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Alex's case for defence

Posted on 7 December 2009  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe was full of praise for a makeshift defence as our Under-18s warmed-up for this week's FA Youth Cup tie at Wigan with a 3-1 win against Cardiff City.

Alex Inglethorpe was full of praise for a makeshift defence as our Under-18s warmed-up for this week's FA Youth Cup tie at Wigan with a 3-1 win against Cardiff City on Saturday.

The defence was almost unrecognisable from the back four regularly seen this season with the likes of Calum Butcher and Adam Smith out on loan.

The reshuffle saw Cameron Lancaster made his full debut at centre-half and midfielder Tom Carroll lined-up for only his third start at left-back.

It mattered little though as Ryan Fredericks' quickfire double midway through the first half set up the win with Paul McBride securing the points in injury time.

It was only Cardiff's fourth defeat in 13 and the lads' ninth win in their last 11 matches in the Premier Academy League.

"It was an excellent performance from the defence," said coach Alex.

"The back four consisted of Jessie Waller-Lassen at right-back who by trade is a wide player; Tom Carroll at left-back, he's is normally a central midfielder; Nathan Byrne at centre-half and he's a full-back partnering Cameron, who is a striker and came in for his full debut. It was very encouraging.

"I was really pleased with the performance. Cardiff have been playing well and are a decent side. We started brightly, passed the ball well and got into our rhythm quickly.

"We opened the scoring when Paul Jose Mpoku's free-kick was deflected, the keeper made a decent save but Ryan Fredericks was there to slot home the rebound.

"That was after 20 minutes and we scored again five minutes later when Ryan completed a great move, a passing sequence that ended with a cross from the left and he was there to tuck the ball away.

"To their credit, Cardiff came at us in the second half and although we still had plenty of possession, they limited our chances and five minutes before the end they pulled a goal back."

The lads now prepare for their opening game in the 2009-10 FA Youth Cup.

Quarter-finalists last season, we enter at the third round stage and travel to Wigan on Wednesday night for a 7pm kick-off at the DW Stadium.

Spurs U18s v Cardiff: Butler; Waller-Lassen, Byrne, Lancaster (Durojaiye, 60), Carroll; Fredericks (McBride, 75), Nicholson, Parrett, Mpoku, Kane; Oyenuga. Unused subs: Miles, Pritchard, Blackwood.