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Jimmy on Cup triumph

Posted on 5 December 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Academy coach Jimmy Neighbour paid tribute to the passing and movement of our under-18 side after the boys progressed to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

After conceding an early goal Spurs took total charge of the encounter, playing a brand of football that will have delighted the purist. Two second half goals from Jamie Slabber and an own goal settled the cup tie and Jimmy, assistant to Pat Holland on these occasions, struggled to mask his satisfaction over the performance.

"Patsy has worked hard on them for the last ten days, we didn't have a game on Saturday and that might have helped us," said Jim.

"He worked really hard on the shape and certain things about their game. I think it showed tonight - I thought the passing and movement was absolutely superb.

"They put us under pressure for a little while, scored their goal and that's about all the did, to be honest. I thought they toiled and worked hard, but never really got around us again and Paul Rutherford didn't really have a shot to save other than the goal.

"To be perfectly honest, we were upset that we didn't win by a lot more."

The only surprise, such was the dominance of the young Spurs side, was that it took until the 70 minute mark to level the score. After that point, to the onlooker, it seemed inevitable that Spurs would go on and win.

"We created so many things but it wasn't quite working out in that last little third - the finish that we wanted.

"Once we got that one it looked like we could have gone on and scored four or five. What pleased me most was our receiving of the ball and our passing - it was excellent."

Swindon are next in round four and the Academy coaching staff have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

"Patsy, myself and Perry Suckling went to watch them play against Hoddesdon and they don't look a bad team. I think they'll give us a good game and we won't take them lightly because we've seen they've got one or two danger men.

"If we play like we did here we'll be confident, but the lads have got to recreate that, it can't be a one-off and they've got to keep progressing from there. That's what it's all about."