Spurs 4-1 Everton U21s - Ugo's verdict
10 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Ugo Ehiogu had nothing but plusses after our Under-21s opened their Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign with a convincing 4-1 win against Everton at Hotspur Way on Monday.
Alex Pritchard returned from the ankle injury sustained on England Under-21 duty to score twice with Nathan Oduwa and Shaq Coulthirst also on target.
Hugo Lloris was also back in competitive action after his wrist injury in pre-season. The goalkeeper played 35 minutes against AC Milan in the Audi Cup last week, was an unused substitute at Old Trafford on Saturday and played 90 minutes this time around.
“It’s good to see hard work, intent and application applied to talent and that always gives you a chance to win any football match,” said Ugo.
“The first-team management were all here and that adds a little pressure as well, the players have to deal with that and they handled it well.
“Alex Pritchard was excellent and Hugo brings a calmness and reassurance when he plays, it’s wonderful when the lads can play in front of him.”
The lads raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to Alex’s double - one a trademark free-kick into the top corner - and Nathan’s finish from a tight angle.
Everton responded just before the break and although we controlled the tempo of the second half, it took until the 86th minute for Shaq to add the fourth.
Below: Ugo speaks to Spurs TV after the win against Everton
“We dominated the first half for long periods and the break can often upset your rhythm,” added Ugo. “Pritch played 45 minutes so we had to reshuffle after that.
“It’s the first game after pre-season so the players are still looking for sharpness and will still be rusty but there are lots of plusses to take from that game.”