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Young Spurs XI taught harsh lesson

Posted on 5 August 2009  - 12:00

Our Spurs XI were outmuscled by a strong and determined Crawley Town side who ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in a friendly at the Broadfield Stadium on Wednesday.

Young Spurs XI taught harsh lesson

Our Spurs XI were outmuscled by a strong and determined Crawley Town side who ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in a friendly at the Broadfield Stadium on Wednesday.

The Blue Square Premier outfit are only days away from the start of their league season and, as with last year's 6-1 result at the same venue, they run rampant on our young side.

Coach Clive Allen reflected afterwards: "We knew it was going to be a test and it is the sort of game that perhaps we don't enjoy. But we play these games to ask questions of the lads, and we didn't deal with some of the situations Crawley put us in.

"I'm very disappointed, but you can always take performances and analyse them to make something positive, and that's exactly what we'll do.

"For some of the first year Academy lads, that would have without doubt been the toughest match they have ever played physically.

"But these sorts of games will show us a lot in terms of their character and, in many respects, this is character building."

The lads got off to the worst possible start after just four minutes when, after failing to deal with a free-kick into our box, the ball bounced up and hit Jake Nicholson's hand. A penalty was awarded, and Jefferson Louis stepped up to convert.

Danny Rose, Jon Obika, and Ryan Fredericks all had chances to level the scores before half-time, but at the other end, Oscar Jansson was keeping us in the game with some fine saves.

After the break, substitute Paul-Jose M'Poku and Obika came close before Crawley doubled their lead through Barry Cogan.

A minute later, the game was put more or less out of our reach when Danny Powell rifled home a third.

We almost hit back a couple of times, M'Poku once again going close before playing in Dean Parrett to go round the goalkeeper only to hit the side-netting.

But with 15 minutes remaining, Dorian Dervite was beaten on the right hand side by Jamie Cook, who himself went round Jansson before squaring for Powell to tap home his second.

We did earn small consolation when Andros Townsend was upended in the box five minutes from time, and the winger himself stepped up to reduce the deficit.

But Clive recognizes that improvements need to be made before the final Spurs XI friendly of pre-season at Sutton United in just under a week's time.

He added: "You're always looking to bounce back. The lads will certainly be hurt and we will now be looking for a response against Sutton."