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Posted on 30 April 2008  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe admitted he didn’t want to sound like a stuck record after defeat against Reading at the weekend.

Alex Inglethorpe admitted he didn’t want to sound like a stuck record after defeat against Reading at the weekend.However, our Under-18s coach told a familiar story as his side were toppled 2-1 by the Royals in the FA Premier Academy League on Saturday.

The lads have now lost on three occasions this season but Alex has few doubts that they could have turned all three losses into draws at least.

He reported: “We went 2-0 down quite quickly to a big, strong, physical side.

“Before the game we were a bit worried about set-pieces because we recognised that we didn’t have a recognised centre-half starting – Takura Mtandari and Yuri Berchiche played there. Unfortunately our fears were realised with two goals inside the first 15 minutes, the first from a cross after 10 minutes, the second from a free-kick five minutes later.

“We dominated after that but at 2-0 down it’s difficult to come back.

“We replied after 40 minutes with Andros Townsend’s first goal of the season, a break from the left and Andros cut inside and finished from a tight angle.

“We had lot of possession and pushed on in the second half when I felt we did really well.

“If development is about a performance rather than a result then we’re definitely on the right track but we don’t want to say that too often because we realise we are a reflection of the club.

“Ironically though, at this stage last season we were probably playing worse and getting results.”

Spurs U18s: L Butcher, Smith (Casey, 60), Hutchins (Olsen, 80), Kasim, Berchiche, Mtandari, Fraser-Allen, Parrett, Obika, Hutton, Townsend (Cox, 75). Unused: Dalton, C Butcher.