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Concentration key for U18s - John

16 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Academy manager John McDermott has reinforced the importance of maintaining concentration over the full 90 minutes in the wake of the Under-18s’ narrow victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Goals from Harry Winks and Will Miller saw the lads continue their winning start to the new campaign with a 2-1 victory on Saturday morning at Hotspur Way.

And while reflecting on the performance, John has urged the squad to learn lessons from the game.

“It was good that there was a desire from the group to eek out a result,” said John at the Training Centre on Monday. “We know that Bolton had a lot of injuries, and we have got to look at the context of the win.

“This week we were very, very good in the first half, but not good enough in the second half, and we were not ruthless enough. We are looking to improve our quality and concentration over 90 minutes.”

Emmanuel Sonupe provided the assist for both goals at the weekend – the first coming just after the half-hour mark when he surged down the right cut back for Harry to finish well past the Bolton keeper.

The lead lasted only five minutes as Tom Walker brought the visitors back level, but another Sonupe cross allowed Will to restore our advantage in the 62nd minute.

Goalkeeper Luke McGee was called into action on a handful of occasions throughout the game to deny the visitors at the other end – earning praise from team bosses.

“There was good movement from midfield, which we have been working on with the players,” said John.

“We got more bodies into the box, and Will showed excellent technique to finish from another Emmanuel Sonupe cross. Luke McGee also pulled off some good saves to keep us in the game.”