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Spurs 3-4 Chelsea U18s - Kieran's verdict

Posted on 4 October 2015  - 07:04

Kieran McKenna praised our Under-18s for the character they showed in Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to Chelsea, but was left to rue the manner in which we allowed the Blues to take the upper hand in the second half.

Kazaiah Sterling bursts forwardCharlie Owens stays focused

Goals from Ryan Loft and Charlie Owens either side of the break saw us come back from a goal down to lead 2-1 in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League contest at the Training Centre.

Loft scored again from the penalty spot in the closing moments, but by that stage we’d already conceded another three goals to the visitors – and it’s the mistakes that led to those strikes that Under-18s Coach Kieran wants the boys to avoid in future.

“I thought the character, resilience and commitment was very strong throughout,” he said.

“That’s something that we’ve been emphasising in the last few weeks so that was pleasing and I thought we had some good spells in the game, although so did Chelsea.

“The main disappointment from our side, though, is the goals conceded in the second half. They were poor goals to let in from our point of view and we didn’t really make Chelsea work too hard to get them.

“All three were off really basic things – playing to the whistle, a goal off a basic short corner and a simple mistake on a back-pass – so it’s disappointing when the other team has scored four goals in that fashion.

“Obviously there are individual positives to take and also positives for the group with the spirit the boys showed to keep going and we probably deserved at least a draw in the end.”