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This is just the start

Posted on 18 May 2009  - 12:00

Under-18 coach Alex Inglethorpe has challenged his players to take the positives from what has been a fantastic season into an attempt to break into the Spurs first team.

This is just the start

Under-18 coach Alex Inglethorpe has challenged his players to take the positives from what has been a fantastic season into an attempt to break into the Spurs first team.

His young side were defeated 1-0 by Arsenal in the FA Premier Academy League Final at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

But Alex has urged his side not to dwell on that result - insisting that winning trophies should not be the be all and end all for Academy players.

Instead, the likes of Jon Obika, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend should only be looking at this experience as a mere stepping stone to further progression.

"The mood in the dressing room was the same as when you lose any cup final - the lads were devastated," Alex conceded.

"They take their careers very seriously, as well as this game and the privilege it was to play in it, so they're very disappointed.

"But they have to look at how well they have done to reach this stage, not just in winning the league but also winning their semi-final, as well as all the tournaments that go with it.

"The other way of looking at it is this cannot be the highlight of their careers. For some it may be, but what we hope is that this will be just another block in their development with which to go further forward.

"The interesting thing will be to see how they respond to this and what they do in the next two years to get themselves into the first team."

Alex continued: "If the youth team win leagues, that's great, but my job is to get these players into the first team or as close as possible in order to become an asset to the Club.

"I would probably gauge this season on how the players have improved individually rather than how the team has improved.

"I know the players are improving, but now they just have to invest more time into themselves during the next two years."

Alex also gave a special thanks to our fans after another 3,000 turned out at the The Lane for an Academy match - the fourth time there has been a considerable turnout at such a game this season.

"This is when the pressure is on, and at the level they have reached, they need the challenge of performing in front of crowds.

"There is some real interest in the team and I'm extremely grateful for the support that we've received - it's been brilliant.

"Not only the fans, but also the first team coaching staff have been here to watch every game as well which is fantastic, so the players can't say they haven't had the opportunity to impress the right people at the right time."

Highlights of Sunday's final, including the full reaction from Alex Ingelthorpe, will soon be available on Spurs TV Online.

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