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Six of the best

Posted on 9 October 2009  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe was impressed with the all-round nature of the performance after our Under-18s beat Fulham 6-1 on Saturday.

Six of the best

Alex Inglethorpe was impressed with the all-round nature of the performance after our Under-18s beat Fulham 6-1 on Saturday.

Coach Alex described the display in the Premier Academy League encounter at Spurs Lodge as ‘excellent in patches' and was just as pleased with the lads' work off the ball as he was offensively after they scored six, hit the woodwork twice and saw another effort cleared off the line.

"There were good passages of play, inventive and forward-thinking," reported Alex. "We didn't always get it right but the intention to play and do the right things was always there, even if it wasn't executed right.

"We also did the ‘ugly' things well. We had to scrap at times and it wasn't just about a good footballing performance, we had to run and chase and win the ball as well."

Harry Kane went close and Kudus Oyenuga hit the post before Kane's sharp turn and shot from 16 yards opened the scoring after 24 minutes.

Jake Nicholson

Paul McBride then rattled the crossbar but the lead was soon doubled as Adam Smith surged forward before striking low into the corner from 25 yards.

Oyenuga made it 3-0 after 40 minutes, receiving Kane's pass, switching inside the defender onto his right foot and picking his spot in the far corner.

Jamie Butler made an early save in the second half but play soon switched to the other end and Paul Jose Mpoku went close twice, first curling a free-kick just wide and then seeing a goalbound header cleared off the line.

The fourth goal finally arrived in the 70th minute as Jesse Waller-Lassen buried his header at the far post from Ryan Fredericks' fine cross.

Fulham responded through Marcello Trotta but Waller-Lassen was soon on target again, this time driving home from a tight angle after Kane's free-kick was palmed away by the keeper.

The final word went to Fredericks - Mpoku won possession in midfield and the winger beat his man before arrowing home from 16 yards.

That made it three wins on the trot in the PAL after wins against West Ham and Southampton.

"Belief is always important and the lads are starting to believe in themselves and the way they work and we're seeing the results," added Alex.

Spurs U18s: Butler; Smith, Butcher (Durojaiye, 46), Byrne, Francis-Angol (Blackwood, 73); Fredericks, Nicholson, Mpoku, Kane, McBride (Waller-Lassen, 67); Oyenuga. Unused subs: Ranieri, Lancaster.

Ryan Fredericks

Paul Jose Mpoku, Zaine Francis-Angol

Kudus Oyenuga

Harry Kane