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U18s stunned by MK

Posted on 18 January 2010  - 12:00

Our Under-18s came from 2-0 down only to see MK Dons win Saturday's Premier Academy League encounter 3-2 at Spurs Lodge.

Our Under-18s came from 2-0 down only to see MK Dons win Saturday's Premier Academy League encounter 3-2 at Spurs Lodge.

MK raced into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes, Kudus Oyenuga (pictured) responded to make it 2-1 at half-time, Harry Kane levelled and it looked like the comeback was on.

However, MK broke away with 15 minutes remaining to take the lead again and they managed to hold on.


Coach Alex Inglethorpe felt there was a knock-on effect from Monday's huge disappointment of going out of the FA Youth Cup against Portsmouth at the Lane.


"We couldn't score, didn't play well and probably felt a little sorry for ourselves after the FA Youth Cup," said Alex.


"We conceded a cheap free-kick outside the box that went through the defensive wall and that's uncharacteristic for us this season, our record on set-pieces has been very good.

"We turned possession over at silly times, again uncharacteristic and then conceded a second goal on the counter-attack, a goal that could have been stopped a lot earlier in the move.

"We managed to score a good goal on 40 minutes when Kudus Oyenuga controlled the ball 20 yards out and he curled it in with his right foot.

"In the second half we created a number of chances, forced them to defend in their own half and equalised through Harry Kane when Tom Carroll clipped a cross in and the ball broke to Harry who managed to swivel and score.

"But then we got caught pushing forward for the winner and hit on another counter-attack with about 15 minutes to go.

"We had chances after that - Kudus had a couple of headers, their goalkeeper made a couple of saves and we missed the target.

"We've had a poor week in terms of having what I believe was a good performance in the Youth Cup against Portsmouth without getting our just rewards and then getting exactly what we deserved against MK Dons - nothing.

"Part of the players development is knowing that not every game is going to go your way and if there is a setback, usually, this group can rise to the occasion.

"It's unlike us to get back-to-back defeats. In fact, it's only happened three times in the last four seasons and that says a lot about the group."

Spurs U18s: Archer; Byrne (Pritchard, 70), Francis-Angol, Lancaster (Waller-Lassen, 30), Durojaiye, Francis-Angol; Mpoku (Carroll, 30), Parrett, Nicholson, McBride; Kane, Oyenuga.