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U18s toppled by Hammers

Posted on 5 September 2011  - 12:00

Our Under-18s suffered a 4-0 defeat against West Ham in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

Our Under-18s suffered a 4-0 defeat against West Ham in the Premier Academy League on Saturday.

The visitors took an early lead but the lads responded well without finding an equaliser against a resolute Hammers defence.

And they were made to pay as the visitors doubled their lead on the hour mark before further strikes after 68 and 77 minutes took the game out of reach.

"We had a lot of possession early on but we weren't able to break them down," reported coach Alex Inglethorpe.

"At 1-0 down at half-time we were very much in the game but instead of being patient in our play, we became too open and paid the price.

"The second goal came via a shot from distance that crept in and that didn't help our cause, but the game wasn't over.

"We then conceded two farcical goals in 10 minutes and that was that.

"The scoreline didn't reflect the game though. We had a couple of good chances even at that stage that fell to Victor Zapata-Caicedo and Shaq Coulhirst but we couldn't capitalise.

"All in all I'd say we weren't good enough on the day in both penalty areas. There was a lack of concentration in ours and lack of a cutting edge in in theirs."

Spurs U18s: Miles, Barthram, Ward, Hawkins (Smith, 80), Stewart, Day, Champion (Zapata-Caicedo, 46), Munns, Coulthirst, Angol, Lameiras (McEvoy, 46). Unused sub: Granger.