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Spurs 2-3 United U21s - Ugo's verdict

19 April 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

You sensed that our final Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixture and 3-2 loss against United at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night just about summed up the season through the eyes of coach Ugo Ehiogu.

Highs and lows, trailing 2-0 inside 20 minutes, fighting back to 2-2, lots of positives in our play for long periods but then the late, late hammer blow as United struck in the final minute of added time not just to win the game 3-2 but to secure the league title.

Will Miller (26 minutes) and Joe Pritchard (86) scored the goals to bring us back on level terms before Guillermo Varela delivered the title for the visitors in the 94th minute.

The point at 2-2 moved us up to fifth in the table for a few minutes and we'll now wait for our final position with teams around us still to complete their campaigns.

"I thought we moved the ball around well, carved out chances and were patient when we had to be against a very aggressive defensive unit," reflected Ugo at the Lane.

"We kept our composure, got back to 2-1, pushed and pushed, got back to 2-2 and the disappointment is that their winner comes from a set-piece and that has been our Achilles heel all season. That's something we have to change.

"The frustrating thing is that they have ended up winning the league here and that should hurt the players.

"On reflection there have been glimpses over the season and the players have to learn some of the lessons we've spoken about and come back stronger, fitter and better for next season."

Ugo picked out young left-back Joe Muscatt for special praise in his first start for the Under-21s this season and only the second of his short career so far.

"I was really pleased for Joe," added Ugo. "He competed, challenged and even when his legs went a little late on he still found something extra."