Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 v Arsenal U19 - 13 Sep 2003
U18 Academy South
FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE
Spurs U19s 3-5 Spurs
Two fine goals for Michael Malcolm but Pat Holland admitted Arsenal were worthy of their win on Saturday.
Despite that, coach Pat was also quick to praise the lads' never-say-die attitude and pointed out that, with the scoreline at 3-2, we wasted the best two chances of the match.
Pat reflected: "Credit to Arsenal, in the first half they dominated it.
"We started with a three at the back which wasn't working and it was a difficult one, you can change the system but we were reluctant to do that because it meant bringing someone off.
"At 2-0, we had to change it to a four at the back and young Andy Hodges had to come off, no-one likes to do that.
"We played 4-3-1-2 with a wide man and it gave us more shape but they scored a third five minutes before half-time.
"We then scored just before half-time. It was a good goal, our first real attack, Jon Black got away, slid in Michael Malcolm (pictured above) and he got into the box and finished well. That gave us a little bit of hope.
"In the second half we went with five across the middle and just Jamie Slabber up front and we were far more solid.
"We pulled another goal back from a corner, Jamie O'Hara slung one across and Ricky Dobson's jumped over his man and headed home and then we had the best two chances of the game including a one-on-one where the keeper's made a good save.
"You'd like to think one of those might have gone in and suddenly it's 3-3 and a different ball game.
"As it happened, Arsenal then made it 4-2 when we lost the ball in midfield and they broke on us, then it's 5-2 and we scored again with five to go, a blind ball in behind from Owen Price and Michael's got in again and dinked it over the keeper as he came out, another good finish.
"The lads never gave up, worked hard and the balance was better in the second half but overall, Arsenal fully deserved to win."
Spurs U19s: Eyre, Ifil, Francis, Foster, Hodges (Price, 35), Dobson, McKenna (Hicks, 60), Black, Malcolm, Slabber, O'Hara. Unused sub: Jenkins, Watson.