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Match Report - Aston Villa U17 v Tottenham Hotspur U17 - 06 Mar 2004

U17 Academy South


Aston Villa U17s 0-0 Spurs

Jimmy Neighbour was delighted with this performance against one of the best sides in the U17 age group.

He takes up the story: "The boys did really well. We had a young team out playing against a strong Villa side who are top of their section by a long way.

"We knew it would be a hard game and knew we wouldn't have a lot of the ball.

"But we defended well as a unit and we could actually have scored a couple of times when we broke away.

"I was delighted with how we played, particularly with the Under-15 boys who came in - Joe Martin and Radwen Ahmed, who came on early.

"It wasn't a particularly good game, they had a few early chances and we lost our centre-half Nathan Peprah after 15 minutes and that put us on the back foot again.

"In midfield, Danny Stevens had a really good game, so did Simon Dawkins and Richard Heller up front.

"Tommy Forecast also had a superb game in goal, made one or two great saves and I'm delighted for him.

"There were lots of plusses with their attitude towards the game and the way they worked around each other was excellent. Credit to them."

Spurs U17S: Forecast, Riley, Wright, Kyriacou, Welch, Peprah (Ahmed, 15), Heller, Lewis, Dawkins, Stevens, Martin.