Norwich U21s 2-3 Spurs - Ugo's verdict
16 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Ugo Ehiogu couldn’t speak highly enough of the players after our young Under-21 squad toppled Norwich City 3-2 on Thursday night.
Coach Ugo described a ‘patchy week’ with so many players on international duty but the lads on Spurs duty responded in front of the live TV cameras and almost 7,000 fans at Carrow Road.
We led twice through debutant Keanan Bennetts and Ryan Loft - making his first start for the Under-21s - only to be hauled back on both occasions but we found the knockout blow when Zenon Stylianides provided the pass for Anton Walkes to sweep home the winner with nine minutes remaining.
“It wasn’t the greatest performance technically but what we’ve become over the last few games is more resilient,” said Ugo.
“There is a good spirit in the core of the group and we’ve integrated First and Second Year trainees this time around after what has been a patchy week with only six of the development squad training.
“Kyle Walker-Peters travelled back in after playing 90 minutes for England (in Macedonia) on Tuesday and he was probably the best player on the pitch.
“Milos Veljkovic as well. He played 90 minutes for Serbia (in Lithuania) on Tuesday but was insistent that he came back and played. Anthony Georgiou has been injured and unable to train but he came in and started. I’m really proud of the team in that sense.
“There is so much more to come as well, so much more to work on. We need to be better at set-pieces and more concentrated tactically, but you can’t take away the fact that this was a massive win for us in tough circumstances.”
Victories against Norwich and Leicester have proved a complete contrast to a disappointing performance and loss to Reading last month.
“What we’ve tried to do is put down a marker, the minimum requirement is a high work ethic and to compete and then you have a platform, that’s the scaffolding of any successful team and then we have players who can turn a game, win a game, players who can excite you,” added Ugo.
“There are pleasing signs but we have to go again next week.”
We face Liverpool in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Friday week, October 23 at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium (7pm).