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Confidence the key

Alex Inglethorpe believes confidence levels are starting to rise in this season's young Academy group.

Alex Inglethorpe believes confidence levels are starting to rise in this season's young Academy group.

After defeats in tricky opening fixtures against Middlesbrough and Manchester United, the lads have responded with two fine performances and back-to-back victories against West Ham and Southampton in the Premier Academy League.

Saturday's 3-0 win at Southampton was as convincing as last weekend's 5-2 victory against the Hammers with a starting line-up that included five First Year trainees.

"They are a young group and confidence is a big thing," said Alex. "That's the case with any team but even more so with such a young team.

"As everyone says, the best thing for confidence is to win games and prove you can do it. They are starting to do that.

"They understand things a bit more and they've set themselves a good standard in the last couple of weeks. The challenge now is to exceed that standard and certainly not to go under it."

Paul Jose Mpoku followed up last week's hat-trick with the opening goal at Southampton with Kudus Oyenuga, two goals last week, also back on the scoresheet. Paul McBride added the third.

Alex reported: "It was an energetic start from both teams, we had a few early chances and we broke the deadlock with a free-kick from Paul Jose Mpoku after 25 minutes.

"Harry Kane then hit the crossbar and he has a habit of doing that at the moment - it was the third time already this season.

"We doubled our lead on the hour when Kudus did well to control a through ball, got into the box and finished well. At that stage we looked dominant and we got better and better as the game went on.

"The third goal came after 68 minutes, a counter-attack where Paul Jose Mpoku put Paul McBride through and he did well to finish with his left foot.

"We had other chances and were good value for the win."

Spurs U18s: Butler, Smith, Francis-Angol, Nicholson, Byrne, Butcher (Durojaiye, 70), Fredericks (Waller-Lassen, 75), Mpoku (Blackwood, 87), Oyenuga, Kane, McBride. Unused subs: Ranieri, O'Neill.