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Mixed fortunes for Academy

Posted on 5 August 2004  - 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).

Our Academy had mixed fortunes in the huge Eurofoot tournament in Belgium - summed-up by one game against PSV Eindhoven.

Coach Pat Holland described the first half performance against PSV as 'the best I've had from a team in this tournament in four years'.

However, the lads eventually lost that game and came home from Oostduinkerke with two wins, a draw and three defeats in six matches.

Pat takes up the full story...

"It's always a good tournament. This was our fourth year and every year it seems to get a little better. Anderlecht were invited as well this year and that added a little spice because their youth policy is very good.

"We played Cercle Bruges in the first game and in fiarness, looking at the team sheet, they've played with a number of under-18s and 19s. We started off well, nice and bright for the first 10-15 minutes and scored through Simon Dawkins. They equalised just before half-time and I felt we looked a little sorry for ourselves and they went on to win 3-1. On the first day you play two games so it's important you get off to some sort of start otherwise it can be difficult.

"Our next game was Eintracht Frankfurt, another difficult one but we did well, 0-0 with a few minutes left when they played the the ball into the box, we didn't deal with it and we lost 1-0. The first day was disappointing to get no points and from there it was an uphill task.

"On the second day we played three group games. I stayed behind to watch two of our next opponents, PSV and Anderlecht, and it was a good game. We played PSV in the morning, 10am, and I've got to say we were tremendous in the first half. I was really excited for them. It was the best performance I've had from a team in four years of going to the tournament. We went 1-0 up after two minutes through Andy Barcham, had a penalty after four minutes but unfortunately missed it, Danny Stevens hit the woodwork twice, the keeper made a wonderful save - we could have been 5-0 up inside 20 minutes against one of the favourites. But we began to tire, they equalised and then won it with the last kick of the game. I was really disappointed for the lads.

"The next game was against Racing Genk. Again, we started brightly and scored through Andy Barcham but they broke away and equalised in the second half but with three minjutes to go Andy scored again. That was our first win.

"We then played Anderlecht. In fairness, I think they left their four best players out but it was another good game, 0-0, perhaps a bit tired again.

"In the last game we played Germinal Beerschot from Belgium, who finished in the same place as us in the other group, a weaker side and after a tired start we picked ourselves and won through Andy Barcham, Charlie Daniels and Scotty Thyer.

"Overall, a disappointing start but a wonderful first half against PSV even though we went on to lose. The lads stuck at it and finished well. It was good experience for them."