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Delight as Obika strikes

There were two broad Spurs smiles in Somerset as Jon Obika scored another vital goal for Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

There were two broad Spurs smiles in Somerset as Jon Obika scored another vital goal for Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

Academy coach Alex Inglethorpe and Development Coach Clive Allen made the long trip to Huish Park to watch the striker and his fellow loanees Andros Townsend and Danny Hutchins play in a key match against Northampton Town as both teams fight for survival in League One.

They looked on as Jon struck the only goal of the game in the 79th minute, latching onto Luke Rodgers' pass and slotting past keeper Chris Dunn.

It was Jon's second winning goal in the space of three days following Saturday's 1-0 success against Swindon and the six points has lifted the Glovers out of the relegation zone and up to 16th.

"Jon had a couple of chances but the keeper denied him, one was cleared off the line and then he took his goal well," said Clive. "He took the shot very early with the outside of his left foot and tucked it into the far corner.

"It was a massive goal for Yeovil and he's now scored two goals in a week that could make all the difference for them.

"For all three of our players to perform so well in this situation shows they have great character, they are ready for that challenge and in terms of their development, it's a fantastic step for them.

"We've spoken to people at Yeovil and all three have been a credit to Spurs and their performances were very, very good against Northampton.

"It's exactly what we want for them at this stage and they've stepped up to the plate. We want to see them developing, we want to test them and although we believe they are capable, you never know until they are there because they are playing for people's livelihoods at these clubs and it's a different kind of pressure."

Alex added: "It was exciting to watch and when Jon scored it was a lovely moment for us. It was great to see him score and for all three lads to play so well.

"Jon has scored his goals, Andros gives them real energy, a wide player that no full-back wants to play against because he's at you all the time and Danny looks very comfortable at right-back.

"For all the performances you get out of the Academy team, this is what we do it for, to see players make their league debuts, to score goals and hopefully progress. That's where the real satisfaction is."