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Match Report - Nottingham Forest U19 v Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 - 30 Aug 2003

U18 Academy South


Nottingham Forest U19s 3-1 Spurs

Pat Holland had few complaints after this defeat against a more experienced Forest outfit.

A goal each side of half-time left the lads with a mountain to climb but after going 3-0 down, they responded with a fine goal from Liam Francis (pictured right) and a spirited finish.

Pat explained: "I thought the lads worked really hard. It sounds like excuses but they had five Under-19s to our none, so you have to look at that. It makes a difference at this level.

"This is a young side and it will stay like that until lads start to come back down to us. It's a big challenge for these boys.

"It was a little bit of backs to the wall. Forest scored five minutes before half-time and that was disappointing because it was a basic defensive header that we got wrong, it got headed down and the lad volleyed it in.

"It was all positive at half-time but within five minutes of the second half we miscued another defensive header, the player's in and we're 2-0 down.

"We then had a battle on our hands and they scored a third goal.

"But we got a terrific goal back. Liam Francis, who has bundles of pace, charged down the left wing and smashed one into the top corner.

"So we finished with our tails up, 3-1 and generally I can't say I was too disappointed.

"A lot of these lads haven't had under-19 experience so it's a new experience and if they can keep the right attitude and not get too demoralised, they'll be better for it."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, Francis, Watson, Hodges, Dobson, Hicks (Price, 70) Jenkins (Barnett, 65), Malcolm, O'Hara, Barcham (Thyer, 80). Unused sub: McKenna.