Spurs 3-0 Birmingham U21s
25 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Ugo Ehiogu was full of praise for our Under-21s after they put their counterparts from Birmingham City to the sword in a training ground friendly this afternoon (Thursday, February 25).
Three first half goals got the job done against the Blues at Hotspur Way, with Under-21s Coach Ugo particularly impressed with the players’ performances during that opening 45-minute period.
“In the first half we were very good, we combined to cut them to shreds with our football, our running and our technique,” said Ugo, who saw his charges secure a 4-0 victory over Cardiff City in a similar outing 10 days ago.
“In the second half, having dominated the game, there was an element of disappointment that we didn’t add to the scoreline but we didn’t concede either and on reflection, when you look at the clean sheet – our second in a row – it hasn’t been to the detriment of our attacking play and that’s the pleasing thing.
“There were a couple of real stand-out performers today – Kyle Walker-Peters, as captain, was magnificent in the first half although if I were to be picky, he’s got to get forward more and just keep going with wave after wave of attack. I also thought Luke Amos was tenacious, as he has been recently. He’s been there with a voice, keeping things ticking over and keeping it all moving with great energy.
“We’ll take this on into our preparation for the Reading game next week now and as long as the players have the same belief, application and intensity that they’ve shown over the last two games, they’re going to impress.”
Joe Pritchard gave us the lead against the Blues after nine minutes when he converted Will Miller’s cross from the right before Emmanuel Sonupe combined with Walker-Peters to net our second goal on 39 minutes.
The scoring was completed 60 seconds later when Walker-Peters intercepted the ball in the final third and exchanged passes with Sonupe before lofting it in from the right side.
Sonupe’s effort from a similar position a few minutes into the second half grazed the crossbar but by that stage the issue had been settled.
Spurs U21s: McDermott, Walker-Peters, Stylianides, Amos, Lesniak, Walkes, Sonupe, J Pritchard (Bennetts 84), Miller, Goddard, Georgiou.