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Spurs 1-4 Reading U21s - Ugo's verdict

Posted on 15 September 2015  - 08:00

There was no hiding place for our Under-21 squad as coach Ugo Ehiogu gave an honest assessment of Monday night’s 4-1 loss against Reading.

Ugo EhioguEmmanuel Sonupe in action

The Royals were the better team on the night and there were few arguments as they forged into a 3-0 lead by the hour mark at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium.

Substitute Anton Walkes gave some hope when he pulled a goal back and that inspired our best spell, but Rowan Liburd’s second goal with 70 minutes on the clock wrapped it up for the visitors.

“It’s disappointing,” said Ugo. “Not enough players stood up, there wasn’t enough bravery on the ball or players wanting to try to do the right things.

“I’m trying to think of some positives. Anton Walkes gave us a bit of energy when he came on, he did well. We had a spark when we made it 3-1 but Reading’s centre forwards and left winger were too much for us to handle.

“Sometimes you just have to put your hand up. We expect more and we didn’t have enough players show what they could do or compete and in the end I thought Reading were comfortable winners.

“We’re honest with the players, frank. They have a wonderful opportunity at this club with the manager they’ve got to make an impression and if they don’t seize that opportunity they have to be questioned.”

Skipper Cameron Carter-Vickers told us afterwards that the players would work hard in training to put it right with Leicester City up next on Monday (September 21).

“You can’t keep talking about it," said Ugo. "We had a good week (leading up to Reading) and there now needs to be more of a realisation (from the players) that they need to do it on game day. Too many players were way off against Reading.”