Will Miller had given us an early lead against Aston Villa, but an impressive performance from the hosts saw them turn the game on its head – with Christian’s late strike ensuring the match ended all square at 2-2.
John McDermott, our Academy Manager, conceded afterwards that we were lucky to come away with a point from what was the second of three Barclays Under-18 Premier League matches in eight days for the lads.
We started brightly and in the fourth minute, Will made a penetrative run into Villa territory and was brought down 25 yards out. He took the free-kick himself, beating the Villa keeper to put us into the lead.
With a strong wind blowing, we gifted Villa their equaliser with Jerell Sellars tucking home after an unforced error three minutes before half-time.
The home side put on an impressive performance after the interval, as we struggled to get out of our own half while playing against the wind.
Villa went ahead through Kevin Toner in the 57th minute following a wide free-kick, and could have added further to their tally as the second half went on.
However, as the match entered its 92nd minute, Emmanuel Sonupe embarked on a good run and sent in a cross, which Christian converted from close range – salvaging a point for us.
“We were fortunate they didn’t get a third,” said John after the final whistle.
“We started off very well for 10 to 15 minutes and then Aston Villa got on top of us, stayed on top of us, and we were extremely fortunate to come away with a point.
“As disappointed as I was with our performance today, I thought Tony McAndrew’s team played with real quality and I said to Tony afterwards that we were very fortunate to come away with a point as they played extremely well. They were better than us on the day.”
Spurs: McGee, Vincent-Young, Carter-Vickers, Maghoma, Walker-Peters, Walkes, Pritchard (Campbell-Young 74), Miller, Sonupe, Georgiou (Goddard 62), Akindayini (Harrison 57).