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Mixed start for U18s

Posted on 24 August 2009  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe declared himself happy with some aspects of our Under-18s play - but unhappy with others - as they lost 3-2 at Middlesbrough in their Premier Academy League opener on Saturday.

Mixed start for U18s

Alex Inglethorpe declared himself happy with some aspects of our Under-18s play - but unhappy with others - as they lost 3-2 at Middlesbrough in their Premier Academy League opener on Saturday.

After a bright start, the lads found themselves 2-0 down and then 3-1 down at half-time.

They piled on the pressure in the second half, reduced arrears to 3-2 and created a number of chances to bring home a point from Teeside but were left to rue those mistakes in the first half.

Anton Blackwood (pictured right) and Paul Jose Mpoku were on target.

Alex gave us this rundown. "To be honest, we started well but suddenly found ourselves 2-0 down.

"Middlesbrough opened the scoring after 12 minutes when they got down the left and crossed for a header at the far post. I'd like to think we'll defend situations like that better in the future.

"We missed a penalty between their goals when Kudos did well in the box, was brought down but unfortunately Harry Kane saw his penalty saved.

"We went 2-0 down after 18 minutes and we were all at sea defensively at that point.

"We hit back though with a fine finish from Anton Blackwood from just inside the box after 25 minutes.

"But Middlesbrough scored again just before the break and it was down to poor individual mistakes.

"Again, we were bright in the second half. We put them under pressure and pulled a goal back through Paul Jose Mpok, another good finish.

"We had a couple more chances that we weren't able to convert and it obviously stayed 3-2.

"To sum up, I was delighted with some aspects of our play but disappointed with the inidividual mistakes that have ended up costing us."

Spurs U18s: Butler, Nicholson, Byrne, Cox, Durojaiye (Carroll, 70), Blackwood, Fredericks (Lancaster, 60, Ekim (Parrett, 35), Oyenuga, Kane, Mpoku. Unused subs: Ranieri, McBride.