Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur U17 v Southampton U17 - 15 Nov 2003
U17 Academy South
FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE
Spurs U17s 2-4 Southampton
Jimmy Neighbour praised his Under-17s after two late goals handed high-flying Saints the points.
The scoreline certainly didn't tell the whole story as the lads played with 10 men for 35 minutes following Stuart Lewis' dismissal.
Two great goals from Danny Stevens (pictured) and Charlie Lee looked set to earn a point only for Southampton to score twice in the final four minutes.
Coach Jimmy tells the story: "We didn't really deserve to lose 4-2. Southampton played really well for the first 15 minutes and played a lot of football in our half in that period but credit to the lads, we came back into it and also played some decent stuff.
"They took the lead but we fought back with a great goal from Danny Stevens where he's got between the centre-half and the full-back, cut inside, drew the goalkeeper and slotted it past him. I'm delighted for Danny, he's done really well lately.
"We went in at half-time at 1-1 after an even first half and Southampton are a good team, so I was pleased with that.
"But after about 10 minutes of the second half Stuart Lewis received a second yellow card and was sent off and that didn't help our cause. It was 1-1 at the time and we were in the ascendency.
"It didn't look like we had 10 men though - we still played well and created chances even though they had an extra man.
"They eventually went 2-1 up with a goal that I thought was a foul but the referee didn't give it but we hit back with a free-kick from Charlie Lee from the edge of the box - a great strike, top corner, keeper had no chance.
"It was 2-2 with four or five minutes left when Southampton scored twice and that was a shame after the way we played.
"Overall I was very pleased with how we played, how we attacked and we created a number of chances. Southampton are top and we matched them."
Spurs U17s: Forecast, Kyriacou, Wright, Lewis, Riley, Lee, Mascarenhas (Heller, 58), Maghoma, Thyer (Dawkins, 70), Stevens, Daniels (Seanle, 88). Unused subs: Button, Peprah.