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Youngsters restore pride

Posted on 11 August 2009  - 12:00

Our young Spurs XI side went a long way to erase the memory of last week's defeat at Crawley with a much-improved show in a narrow 2-1 loss at Sutton United on Tuesday night.

Youngsters restore pride

Our young Spurs XI side went a long way to erase the memory of last week's defeat at Crawley with a much-improved show in a narrow 2-1 loss at Sutton United on Tuesday night.

Paul Jose M'poku (pictured right) headed the Academy-based team into the lead on the half-hour mark at Gander Green Lane.

Kudos Oyenuga and Dean Parrett were involved in the move that ended with Nathan Byrne crossing from the right and M'poku converting at the near post.

It stayed that way until the hour mark when the Ryman Premier League side levelled with the first of two telling set-pieces.

The clock showed 62 minutes when Kenny Beaney swung in a free-kick headed home by Stefan Payne and 15 minutes later what turned out to be the winner as Jason Goodliffe powered home Bentley Graham's cross.

Parrett and Ryan Fredericks went close and substitute Paul McBride almost rescued a draw in the final minute but was denied by a goal-line clearance from Billy Chattaway.

Despite the defeat, Development Coach Clive Allen was pleased with what he saw. "I thought we did okay in the first half and deserved to go ahead with what was a well-worked goal, Nathan crossed on the run and Paul Jose finished well in the six-yard box.

"We came under pressure in the second half, Sutton were physically strong and unfortunately we were undone by two set-pieces.

"We fielded a young side and physically, it does make a difference when we play these teams but that's exactly why we play them, to see how the lads solve the problems out there and to show them physically what they need to progress.

"I can't fault the effort and the lads really had a go.

"I don't like losing any match but you have to accept it, learn from it and move on."