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Disappointment for U17s

Posted on 25 March 2003  - 12:00

U17 Academy South



Blackburn Rovers U17s 2-1 Spurs

Jimmy Neighbour admitted his frustration as our Under-17s play-off bid kicked-off with a defeat at Blackburn on Saturday.

Jamie O'Hara gave the boys the perfect start in the first half but two poor goals defensively allowed the home side to take the points.

Liverpool and Southampton drew in their opening group game but Jimmy's lads will probably need to beat those two to progress - only the group winners progress to the knockout stage.

Jimmy reflected: "We did okay in the first half considering they beat us 3-0 earlier in the season and are a strong team, but we gave ourselves a great chance when Jamie scored a great goal from the edge of the box.

"We defended well after that for the first half and went in at half-time 1-0 up.

"I said to them at half-time did we have the heart and courage to go out play again like we did in the first half, defend well, pass the ball well and not make any mistakes - to make sure if Blackburn scored, it was a worthy goal.

"Unfortunately it didn't work out like that. They scored two goals, one within five minutes from poor defending on the edge of the box and then a mix-up left the striker with a simple chance at the end.

"Although we did okay, I would have liked to have seen a little more devil in the second half go and get something out of the game.

"The other two teams in the group drew, Southampton and Liverpool, so we've got to beat Southampton on Saturday week and then go and beat Liverpool. It's a tall order but you never know in football, anything's possible."

Spurs U17s: Eyre, Watson, Francis, Hicks, Dobson, Jenkins, Ifil, O'Hara, Barcham, Price, Lee (Welch, 88). Unused subs: Forecast, Wright, Stevens, Daniels.