Match Report - Southampton U19 v Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 - 21 Feb 2004
U18 Academy South
FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE
Southampton U19s 1-0 Spurs
Pat Holland had plenty of positives as his young U19 side went down fighting at high-flying Southampton.
Saints, top of the division, won it thanks to a cracking strike in the second half.
Coach Pat reflected: "I was pleased with how the we approached the game.
"We played five in midfield because Southampton are top of the league and they are very strong physically and a very experience side.
"We had a younger side and I thought for 35 minutes we played some good stuff. The strength factor came into it after that.
"Anyway, it was 0-0 at half-time, so that was pleasing but their manager changed it around a little to counter how we'd set out.
"The second half was basically played in our half and we were hanging on a bit.
"The goal came when the ball was set up for the left-back and he crashed it into the top corner, so it was a good goal to beat us. In fairness, Nicky Eyre didn't have too much to do.
"There were some pleasing performances - Charlie Lee did well in the centre of midfield, Stuart Lewis made his debut and Simon Dawkins came on for the last 15 minutes, so if we're looking at the future, it was very pleasing."
Spurs U19s: Eyre, McKenna, McKie, Lee, Ifil, Dobson, Malcolm, Lewis (Dawkins, 80), Slabber, O'Hara, Barcham (Francis, 75). Unused sub: Forecast.