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Everton U21s 3-1 Spurs - Ugo, Shaq's verdict

19 May 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Ugo Ehiogu and Shaq Coulthirst were both left scratching their heads somewhat after our Under-21s’ 3-1 loss at Everton on Monday night.

We created chance after chance against the Toffees but found ourselves 3-0 down at half-time thanks to a combination of the home side’s clinical finishing and an outstanding performance from Mateusz Hewelt in the Everton goal.

Hewelt continued to deny us in the second half until Grant Ward finally netted a consolation goal with four minutes remaining.

We still had two chances after that with Grant and then Shaq thwarted again by Hewelt.

We fielded a young team at Goodison Park - seven players flew to Liverpool direct after playing for the Academy in the Terborg Tournament in Holland - and there were many positives from the performance.

“I thought we dominated possession at times even in the first half but didn’t have that killer instinct,” said coach Ugo. “We spoke about that at half-time and there was a difference in the second half and that was good.

“The players wanted to get into the box and risk passing forward, risk passing between the lines. We must have had 10 decent chances, so we’re disappointed not to have done better. Overall, it’s a tough one.

“I thought some of the youngsters stood out. Chris Paul was very good, Cy Goddard was excellent when he came on, he knitted us together and made us a threat.

“We have to accept the opposition we were up against as well but at least in the second half we can look at the chances we created and the defeat is slightly easier to take.”

Striker Shaq - denied three times by Hewelt - added: “It was one of those nights where the ball just wouldn’t go in for us but I thought we played well, especially after coming in at half-time 3-0 down.

“The main thing from there was not to concede another goal and try to come back, we didn’t get there but we did well, we came out with the right tempo, scored late and did well. The team deserves credit for that.”