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Leicester U18s 1-1 Spurs - Kieran's verdict

31 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Kieran McKenna praised Dylan Duncan for stepping up to the plate and firing our Under-18s ahead at Leicester City on Saturday, but was left to rue a lapse in concentration after the Foxes grabbed a quick equaliser in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League contest.

Midfielder Duncan opened his goalscoring account to put us 1-0 up with 84 minutes played at Leicester’s training ground – a strike that came as just reward for a spirited display from our lads in a highly-competitive match.

Unfortunately, though, we switched off as the home side got the game back underway and Harvey Barnes hit back within 13 seconds to level it up at 1-1.

That’s how it stayed on a chilly day in Leicestershire, with Under-18s Coach Kieran in philosophical mood as he reflected on the game.

“I thought there were a lot of pleasing aspects of the performance,” he said. “It’s always difficult to come to Leicester, more so in January on a windy day, but the players stood up to the physical side of the game very well, competed very well and there was a real spirit within the group.

“It was a tough game to impose our quality football-wise but in short spells of the match we were able to do that and then at that stage what you’re really looking for is for somebody to step up with a big moment and score a goal.

“Obviously Dylan was able to do that so that’s extremely pleasing, but the disappointing thing was that Leicester then went and scored straight away. It was a lack of concentration from us really and it meant in the end we didn’t get the rewards that we deserved.”