Match Report - Tottenham Hotspur Under 19 v West Ham U19 - 23 Jan 2004
U18 Academy South
FA PREMIER ACADEMY LEAGUE
Spurs U19s 0-3 West Ham
Pat Holland was proud of how his Under-19s competed despite being down to 10 men for the final half-hour of this defeat.
Danny Foster was sent off but the lads still managed to carve out a couple of chances before the visitors cashed in on us chasing the game late on.
Coach Pat reported: "The first half was fairly even, neither side created too much and there was nothing between us.
"I thought we began to get a little more on top in the last 15 minutes of the half, created two good chances and Jamie Slabber had one cleared off the line.
"We were on the attack when we gave the ball away, West Ham broke and in fairness scored an excellent goal, broke down the wing, knocked an early ball in and the lad finished well.
"We were a little disappointed at half-time but there was enough there in the half to think we could go on an turn it around.
"I just felt we needed to pick it up a little in the second half and thinking about changing it when Danny Foster got sent off after an incident. It was out of character, he'll learn from it but it changed the game.
"We had half-hour left, 10 men and chasing the game and I thought the lads battled extremely well. We created a couple of half-chances and West Ham didn't really hurt us.
"In the last 10 minutes I brought big Hodgey on, pushed Phil Ifil into midfield to try and perk us up and that's when they caught us with their pace with two late goals.
"It was said really because I felt the scoreline flattered West Ham."
Spurs U19s: Eyre, Watson, McKie, Hicks, Foster, Dobson, Ifil, Malcolm, Slabber, O'Hara (Hodges, 80), Francis (Lee, 65). Unused sub: Thyer.