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DELIGHT FOR DAVIS

Posted on 1 March 2006  - 12:00

Jamie Davis has certainly made the right impression with coach Clive Allen after starting the last four reserve games.

Jamie Davis has certainly made the right impression with coach Clive Allen after starting the last four reserve games.

The young Academy winger produced one of his best displays in a Spurs shirt against rivals Arsenal in the big title showdown at Barnet on Monday.

Jamie, 17, was the pick of a young forward line as we tore apart the Gunners in the first half at Underhill.

We went on to win 2-1 with goals from Andy Barcham and Simon Dawkins - a result that left us seven points clear of second-placed Arsenal having played a game more in the Barclays Reserve League South.

Clive said: "Jamie's got good pace and he's learning his game in terms of playing as a winger.

"What he's done in reserve games is give us that threat behind. I felt in the early stages of the game we was out biggest threat and what I liked was that he was looking to pick players out with his crosses and that's what we're asking of him.

"He's progressing nicely and gaining confidence and that will come with experience and being in this reserve group.

"It's early days for him but he's working hard and has a lot of the qualities that you would look for in a wide player. That would have been his hardest game to date but he came through it and he has to keep it going until the end of the season."

Academy coach Pat Holland is pleased that Jamie’s talents have started to come to the fore again. “It’s taken a little time but in the last few weeks Jamie has started to get more understanding of his game and the role of a wide player,” said Pat.

“I thought the best I saw him was in a recent Academy game against Villa when he had a purple patch for about 20 minutes.

“For him to take that into the reserves and especially against Arsenal has to give him confidence. When he gets more understanding of what his job is all about – getting in behind defenders and possibly scoring scoring goals as well - that will be terrific.”