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Leicester U21s 3-1 Spurs - Ugo's verdict

24 March 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Ugo Ehiogu was pleased to see ‘a reaction’ from our Under-21s as they put up a spirited display going down 3-1 against an experienced Leicester City side in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Monday night.

It was a much improved display from last week’s 2-0 home loss against Norwich City.

The Foxes lined-up with seven players who had Football League/Premier League experience with only Kenny McEvoy the same in our ranks.

We started well and then defended stoutly as Leicester poured on the pressure in the first half only to concede two minutes into the second half.

Danny Drinkwater doubled Leicester’s lead just before the hour but we continued to plug away and the arrival of Ismail Azzaoui added a spark and he set-up Kenny McEvoy to make it 2-1 on 74 minutes.

We pushed forward after that but were then caught on the break, Leicester won a penalty converted by Jak McCourt in the 90th minute and that was that.

“It was a real football test for us,” said coach Ugo.

“If you looked at their teamsheet there was a lot of Football League and Premier League experience in their team, so the lads should look at that and have a pat on the back, because it took a real shift and took a good side that clicked to beat us.

“We had to dig in at times as well, it was testing for Christian Maghoma and Cameron Carter-Vickers and they stood up to that and it was good to hear organisation and voice out on the pitch.

“Leicester’s second goal was a blow but even then, I fancied us to work the ball and create a chance and we did that.

“We ended with six scholars on the pitch and okay, we’re disappointed, but we were always in the game at 0-0, 1-0 and even 2-0, so I’m pleased that they have showed a real spirit. We got a reaction.”