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.
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.