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U18s LOSE OUT

Posted on 30 September 2007  - 12:00

Our Under-18s suffered only their second loss of the season as Aston Villa ran out 2-1 winners in the FA Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Our Under-18s suffered only their second loss of the season as Aston Villa ran out 2-1 winners in the FA Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Jonathan Obika levelled just a minute after Villa took the lead in the first half with the home side scoring what turned out to be the winner after 65 minutes.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe gave us the rundown. "There weren't too many chances in the first half-hour and I thought we had the better of it but Villa took the lead with a cross from the right, it ended up loose in the box and they scored from a rebound.

"We equalised straight from the kick-off. It only took three passes - Daniel Hutchins sent Kyle Fraser-Allen away down the right, he crossed and Jon Obika scored with a header. That was particularly pleasing because Jon has spent a lot of time on the training ground trying to improve that aspect of his game.

"Our poorest spell was between 45 and 60 minutes when we lost our way a little, didn't play with the same purpose as the first half and they took the lead again shortly afterwards when we should have done better with a cross from the left, slashed at our clearances and it turned into a simple finish after a scramble.

"We hit back from there. Their goalkeeper made a fine save from David Hutton's free-kick, Alex Olsen went through one-on-one and Jon Obika had a couple of chances but we couldn't find a second goal.

"Overall, Villa were certainly one of the better teams we've faced, on chances created a draw would have been about fair and if anything, on play and possession we shaded it.

"We always look for a performance and to a degree we got that but we've also got to learn that we have to turn these performances into positive results. We've done that for most of the season but not on Saturday."

Spurs U18s: L Butcher (Butler, 60), Hutchins, Berchiche, Kasim, Mtandari, C Butcher, Fraser-Allen (Olsen, 70), Parrett (Smith, 60), Obika, Hutton, Townsend. Unused sub: Cox.