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Kids warm-up for Gunners

Posted on 8 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Spurs Under 19s warmed up for Tuesday's 'friendly' derby against Arsenal with a 2-2 draw against Birmingham City on Saturday.

In truth, it was a game we should have won but a huge plus point was the successful introduction of a number of Under-17 players as substitutes. This came around because the Under 17s game also against City was called off due to a number of injuries in the camp.

Coach Michael Stone admitted we started off 'sleepily' and went a down inside five minutes. However, the rest of the half belonged to us and we levelled when Ludvig Norbert (pictured) fired home from 20 yards following a break from midfield.

The second half continued in the same pattern and we took a deserved lead when George Snee netted from close range. The arrival of the Under 17 substitutes didn't upset our rhythm but City drew level from the penalty spot with only five minutes remaining.

Stone said: "We used a number of Under-17s after their game was called off and that was probably the most pleasing thing. They went on and didn't look out of place at all."

Next up for the youngsters is a double header against Arsenal. The Under-17s take on the Gunners at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday while the Under-19s travel to Arsenal's new training facilities at London Colney (both 11.30am).