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Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 v Charlton Athletic U19 - 06 Dec 2003

U18 Academy South


Spurs U19s 0-2 Charlton

Pat Holland admitted this defeat was a 'little disappointing and frustrating' but still found a couple of postives.

The lads certainly created chances, especially in their best spell at the start of the second half, but two poor goal defensively in each half cost them dearly.

Coach Pat reflected: "There was quite a strong wind in our favour in the first half so we had a lot of the territorial advantage, crosses that went across the face of goal, chances to get in and score but we didn't get on the end of them.

"After about 25 minutes they broke down our left side, the ball held up for the winger, we stopped and the boy has scored from a ridiculous angle really. Defensively that was disappointing.

"For 15 minutes at the start of the second half we played really well, had a right go at them and you thought were were going to get something out of it. We were a little unfortunate not to get an equaliser.

"We then made a shocking mistake on the edge of the box, gave it away when it should have been dealt with and it was uphill task from there.

"It was disappointing and frustrating but there were some good performances.

"I was very pleased with Kieran McKenna (pictured above), out of position at right-back, Danny Foster's done well. I also thought Gareth Jenkins did well, we've released him but he gave 100 per cent - the boy know's he's leaving but yet played well. They are the plusses."

Spurs U19s: Eyre, McKenna, McKie, Hicks (Mascarenhas), Foster, Dobson, Barcham (Francis, 65), Malcolm, Slabber, O'Hara, Jenkins. Unused sub: Hodges.