The Barclays U21 Premier League encounter marked the return to action of Lewis Holtby and the midfielder was in inspired form as the lads turned around a 2-0 half-time deficit with Shaq Coulthirst volleying home the late winner.
Lewis pulled the strings in a match-changing spell in the first 20 minutes of the second half, setting-up a number of shooting chances, having a couple of efforts himself and then spectacularly finding the target.
Simon Dawkins reduced the deficit to 2-1, Lewis crashed a 30-yarder into the top corner for 2-2 and then Shaq completed the job in the 86th minute.
“We played some pretty football in the first half without penetrating and we were quite sloppy defensively,” said Chris, our Senior Professional Phase Coach.
“Tim (Sherwood) and Les (Ferdinand) gave what I’ll describe as a ‘colourful’ half-time talk, but constructive, and that seemed to do the trick because the players responded so well in the second half.
“Lewis scored a superb goal and whenever a first team player joins us, they are always fantastic. The younger players learn from them all the time.
“It’s not just the result - yes, we’re happy to have won - but it’s the response in the performance that we’re looking for.
“Regardless of the situation, the players are always going to go out there and express themselves. We know there may be a disappointing result around the corner but when you change the team – six players on this occasion – it’s difficult to get any real cohesion. We stick to our philosophy and see if the players respond.”
The win made it three out of three in the Barclays U21 Premier League, with 13 goals already on the board.
Next up, Norwich City at White Hart Lane on Monday week, September 2. Kick-off 7pm.