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Reading U21s 1-1 Spurs - Ugo's verdict

Posted on 3 March 2016  - 23:15

Ugo Ehiogu declared himself frustrated after seeing our Under-21s take one point rather than three against Reading on Thursday night.

Will Miller secures the 1-1 draw with a second half equaliser at Adams ParkSkipper Kyle Walker-Peters with Tariqe Fosu

After a solid opening period in which young goalkeeper Tom McDermott made a fine close-range save, we conceded to Royals midfielder Jack Stacey in stoppage time at the end of the first 45 minutes.

The goal came against the run of play but we continued to push forward and move the ball around stylishly after the restart and grabbed a deserved leveller with just under 20 minutes left through Will Miller.

Joe Pritchard, substitute Marcus Edwards and Miller then had shots blocked, saved and off-target respectively as the high-energy nature of the contest continued right up until the closing moments, but ultimately honours ended even at 1-1.

Below: Ugo pictured at Adams Park

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“It’s frustrating for us after not picking up three points,” said Under-21s Coach Ugo after the Barclays Under-21 Premier League clash, held at Wycombe’s Adams Park.

“In the first half we controlled the ball okay and I thought we were good without being defining in the final third. Then to concede a goal right before half-time was disappointing because we switched off. Hopefully it’s a lesson for the boys because we’ve talked about small details like that and organising people in front of you.

“We were caught cold there but we spoke about a response and we got that in the second half as we pushed the ball more, we played with a bit more swagger and consequently got the goal we deserved.

“We had some unbelievable situations where really we should be taking all three points but, conversely, Tom McDermott has pulled off a fantastic save in the first half at 0-0 and we’ve had boys who’ve made courageous blocks inside the penalty area.”

Next up for the Under-21s is a home match against Norwich City at White Hart Lane on Friday, March 11. Click here for ticket details.