Match Report - Coventry U19 v Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 - 21 Sep 2002
U18 Academy South
The under-19s fell behind to a first half goal at Coventry, but second half goals from Marcel McKie, Mark Hughes and two from Jamie Slabber secured a deserved victory for Pat Holland's side.
Pat takes up the story...
"We started off quite brightly and we created, I thought, three excellent chances - of which I would have liked to have thought one would go in!
"Unfortunately they didn't and we paid the price. They got a cross in, we didn't defend it particularly well and their striker got a free header.
"So we went in at half-time a goal down. I felt that the way they were playing we were always likely to get something out of the game as long as we didn't concede another goal straight away.
"We pulled one straight back with a good individual goal from Marcel McKie, where he beat three players and got himself into the box.
"This was followed up by Mario Noto getting behind their back four, putting a cross in for Jamie Slabber to get a header to put us 2-1 up.
"I brought for the last 20 to steady us down a little bit just in case. He scored as soon as he came on. Mark Yeates got in down the right and squared it back for him.
"Then we shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a daft goal after we had two opportunities to clear and got caught in possession.
"Facing a last ten minutes that I thought was going to be a little bit hairy, we went right back down the other end and scored again through Slabber.
"So, in fairness, I thought we won the game quite comfortably and deserved a victory."
Team: Burch, Perry, McKie, Black, Bowditch, Dobson, Yeates, Noto, Slabber, Wettner, Ford (Hughes 70).