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Posted on 14 December 2006  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe believes our Academy will benefit from the experience of Wednesday's friendly against their counterparts from Bayer Leverkusen.

Alex Inglethorpe believes our Academy will benefit from the experience of Wednesday's friendly against their counterparts from Bayer Leverkusen.The lads lost 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen's training ground. The home side took a 2-0 lead in the first half through Tervik Kose and Slobodan Lakicevic but we responded well in the second half as Jake Livermore reduced the deficit just after the hour.

However, Bayer Leverkusen always looked a threat on the break and David Button made three fine saves before the third goal from Alexander Riss five minutes from time.

Coach Alex reported: "It was a fantastic learning experience for us. It's not often we're dominated but we found ourselves with our backs to the wall against a very good team and had a different set of problems to solve.

"Having said that, I felt we stepped up in the second half and did much better, although they were always dangerous on the break."

Spurs U18s: Button, Smith (Mtandari, 46), Hughton, Archibald-Henville (Hutchins, 42), Mills, Dervite (Archibald-Henville, 73), Fraser-Allen (Medley, 71), Lewis, Pekhart (Olsen, 21), Livermore, Hutton. Unused sub: Stroud.