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Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur U17 v Leicester City U17 - 21 Sep 2002

U17 Academy South

Our Academy under-17 side suffered a defeat against Leicester at Spurs Lodge after taking the lead through Michael Malcolm.

It was a performance that left coach Jimmy Neighbour frustrated and seeking a great improvement.

Jimmy takes up the story...

"A very disappointing morning. It started off as an even game; both teams looked quite sharp and passed the ball well.

"After about 15 minutes we had a good build up on the right, Owen Price put the ball in the box and Michael Malcolm got across the front of his defender and scored a good goal.

"They equalised a little while after that where we defended poorly. At that stage we began to go on the back foot, we weren't denying them space and were allowing them to play in front of us.

"They levelled and we went in at half-time at 1-1 in an even-ish match.

"In the second half we didn't compete at all and it was very disappointing. We defended poorly in certain area and it is something we've got to improve on.

"The lads know what they've got to do to put that right. They've got to pass the ball better as well and not give the ball away so cheaply.

"They've also got to become more of a team. We've got a few individual players there that aren't bad, but it's a team game as well and they've got to learn to get around each other a little bit more and become more difficult to beat. In particular they've got to improve their defending.

"They've got to be able to fight right through and play for pride if necessary. We've had a long chat and hopefully they will react to that and we'll see some better results or performances in the future."

Team: Eyre, Ifil, Jenkins (Daniels 75), Hicks (Barcham 65), Hodges, Watson, Lee (Francis 65), McKenna, Malcolm, Price, Welsh.