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Spurs 2-1 City U21s - Ugo's verdict

Posted on 2 December 2014  - 11:45

Ugo Ehiogu was left with mixed emotions after our Under-21s beat high-flying Manchester City in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Monday night.

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Coach Ugo was pleased with the first half display as Shaq Coulthirst fired us into a 2-0 lead at Stevenage.

But he wasn’t as impressed with the second half as City came back into the game, pulled a goal back and then had the chance to level in the last minute from the penalty spot - Luke McGee our hero by saving George Evans’ spot-kick down to his right to secure the 2-1 victory.

“I liked us in the first half,” reflected Ugo. “We looked hungry, aggressive and we had a little more quality than we showed in the second half.

“We scored the two goals, should have had a third and I was quite pleased with the first half.

“The second half was disappointing because we didn’t control the football, looked a bit tired and didn’t look as fresh as we have been.

“On the whole, I was disappointed with that because we had little control in the second half , we were hanging in there in the last 20 minutes and Luke pulled off a magnificent penalty save.

“There was a pleasing side to us where we dug in, Nathan Oduwa did everything we asked of him in the first half, Cameron Carter-Vickers came on and was organising, that was good.

“There were some pleasing aspects. Kyle Walker returned and it’s always good to see first team players on the way back. He showed calmness and assurance in defensive situations and it was a good step for him.

“It was just a shame that we didn’t wrestle control back in the second half and where we’re normally quite tight technically, we were poor at times. But at the end of it, we came away with a win.”

As well as Kyle's return, Bongani Khumalo was also back after a long-term knee injury and captained the team on the night.

He also spoke to Spurs TV...