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Spurs 1-0 Norwich U18s - Kieran's verdict

14 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Kieran McKenna said our Under-18s could have been more effective in their attacking endeavours against Norwich City on Saturday.

We saw off the Canaries 1-0 at the Training Centre thanks to Ryan Loft’s first-half penalty, but saw a handful of other chances go begging as we dominated proceedings in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League contest.

Assessing the performance, Under-18s Coach Kieran was naturally pleased to see his charges make it back-to-back wins after last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Swansea City, but insisted there remains work to be done.

“I thought we had the chances to have scored more goals,” he said. “Obviously we missed a couple of big opportunities in the first half and in the second period we could have put the game to bed really.

“We weren’t quite as fluent as I would have liked us to have been in our attacking play and I thought Norwich stifled us and broke up the play quite well and that made it a bit more of a scrappy game than what we would have wanted.

“At the back, our two centre-halves were pretty solid and Joe Muscatt was pleasing at full-back. He’s had a good few weeks really, he’s played quite a lot of football at right-back lately and it seems to be suiting him. He got forward well, showed good creativity in the final third and dealt with his defensive duties well too.

“Overall, we didn’t give away too many chances, we had the majority of the possession and territory in the second half so there were some pleasing aspects, but there’s still lots of room for improvement.”