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Debutants can take heart - Harry

Posted on 26 August 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said all four of our Academy graduates will reap the benefits of making their debuts against Hearts on Thursday night.

Harry Redknapp said all four of our Academy graduates will reap the benefits of making their debuts against Hearts on Thursday night.

Harry Kane, Tom Carroll and Ryan Fredericks were all handed their first starts by the manager for the Europa League play-off, second leg against the Scottish Premier League side.

They were later joined by Jake Nicholson, who made his debut as a substitute in the second half and with Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore also in the starting line-up, six players in total who have progressed through our Academy system were involved on the night.

Leading 5-0 from last week’s first leg at Tynecastle, all six lads played a part in the goalless draw that saw us safely through to the group stage of the competition – the draw is at noon UK time from Monaco on Friday.

It could have been an even better night for forward Harry, who latched onto Tom’s pass in the first half only to be hauled down by Hearts goalkeeper Jamie Macdonald.

Regular Spurs XI goalscorer Harry took the responsibility from the spot himself – only for Macdonald to guess the right way and make the save.

Nevertheless, the trio of starting debutants all looked confident on the ball from the first whistle, with Tom in-particular buzzing around the midfield areas constantly looking for the ball.

“I was pleased for them,” said Harry. “It was a good experience for all of them.

“They come into training every day and work hard, they’ve got a good attitide and they deserve a chance to play so it was good for them.

“They did okay, they did well and it will only improve them. It's a big stage out there, they've come from playing youth and reserve team football so to step out in front of a big crowd can only do them good.

“Young Tom was excellent, Harry worked hard up front and young Ryan, I’m sure it was a surprise for him to be in the first team. Then Jake Nicholson came on, so it was good experience for the kids."