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Spurs 0-0 Everton U21s - praise for Jordan

Posted on 4 February 2014  - 10:20

Jordan Archer earned praise from our coaching team after keeping a clean sheet for our Under-21s on Monday night.

Jordan ArcherJohn McDermott on the sidelines on Monday

The Scotland Under-21 international pulled off some fine saves in tricky conditions against Everton, as we battled to a goalless draw at the ProKit UK Stadium, Bishop’s Stortford.

It’s a ground Jordan knows well, having spent a spell on loan with Stortford back in the 2011-12 season.

And after his performance on a chilly evening in Hertfordshire, his efforts – along with those of skipper Harry Kane – were lauded by our coaching staff.

“A special credit to Jordan Archer who I thought was fantastic tonight,” said John McDermott, our Academy Manager. “Playing behind a very young and relatively inexperienced side, I thought he was terrific with his handling and his kicking.

“Harry Kane as well – some of the guile and class on his passing I thought was fantastic.

“The game was extremely competitive, played between two good teams on a particularly difficult pitch. We said beforehand that any of our players that lacked intent or lacked commitment – it was going to get exposed tonight, so I was really proud of how well the boys played against some good players and some very experienced players.”

Souleymane Coulibaly and Laste Dombaxe both hit the woodwork as we sought to break the deadlock, while Kane was twice denied by Toffees goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe.

In the end neither side could find a winner – but John felt there could be no arguments about our adaptability as we coped well with the elements.

“I don’t think I’m being biased – I think we probably just edged it on chances,” he added. “Their keeper pulled off a couple of really good saves and to be fair Jordan did as well at the end from a little reverse shot.

“I don’t think it was probably possible to have an aesthetic spectacle tonight given the conditions of the pitch, but you’ve got to adapt and apply yourself and I thought both sets of players did that.

“We’ve got through it, we would have liked three points but it was a competitive game and I thought we found out a lot of positive things about the players.”