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XI beat Charlton

Posted on 17 August 2010  - 12:00

Tim Sherwood was delighted with the application of our Development Squad as they enjoyed a 3-2 win over Charlton Athletic at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

XI beat Charlton

Tim Sherwood was delighted with the application of our Development Squad as they enjoyed a 3-2 win over Charlton Athletic at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

Our young side enjoyed the majority of possession against the Addicks - who included first-teamer Jon Fortune in the centre of their defence - and raced into a 3-0 lead, only for two late, late goals to give the scoreline a more even look to it.

After a goalless first half in which chances were at a premium, Jon Obika set us on the way when he converted a penalty past Charlton keeper Ross Worner just three minutes after the interval.

Mirko Ranieri then pulled off a smart save to keep the visitors out as they briefly threatened to work their way back into the game, before we doubled our advantage on 67 minutes, Massimo Luongo drilling the loose ball into the net from eight yards out following a Tom Carroll corner.

Just three minutes later, Obika scored the goal of the game when he cut inside the defender and curled into the far corner from just inside the area and at 3-0 up, we were comfortably in control of the game.

Following a raft of substitutions from either side, we continued to dominate and create chances but failed to add to our tally. Instead it was Charlton who found their goalscoring touch, Callum Harriott firing home in the 89th minute and then Tosan Popo added a penalty with virtually the last kick of the game.

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Those goals meant the scoreline didn't reflect our dominance, but development coach Tim was unperturbed.

"As we so often say, we are not really interested in winning games in these matches, it's all about getting the best out of the boys, giving them time on the pitch and seeing them perform to their best of their ability," he explained.

"I think a lot of them did that today, they played very well. We passed the ball well, did it in the right way from the back, building up through midfield, made good patterns and created chances.

"Both teams played well, it was a good competitive match. There were a lot of lower league coaches and managers again here today and they're all talking about our players after that.

"The process we have here is to get our lads out on loan at the right clubs, playing men's football and building their careers from there. We've seen how many of them have already gone out to good clubs in the Championship and League One, that's exactly what we want to see more of."

Spurs: Ranieri (Miles 80); Smith, Caulker (Durojaiye 58), Butcher, Byrne (Blackwood 72); Carroll (Stevens 72), Nicholson, Luongo, Mpoku (Kane 60); Obika, Oyenuga.

Charlton: Worner, Jenkinson, Carter, Samedo (Warren), Mambo, Fortune, Davisson (Camacho), Stanirou, Perkins, Tuna (Popo), Smart (Harriott).