Spurs 7-4 Leicester U21s - Ugo's verdict
21 September 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Ugo Ehiogu was delighted with the way our Under-21s responded to a tough couple of weeks in what he described as an “unbelievable” game against Leicester City on Monday.
Goals from Kazaiah Sterling, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kenny McEvoy (2), Shayon Harrison (2) and Filip Lesniak gave us a remarkable 7-4 victory against the Foxes in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
It came off the back of consecutive 4-1 losses against Everton and Reading in two different competitions, with Under-21s Coach Ugo insisting the players deserve “a lot of credit” for the way they got themselves back on track at the Training Centre.
“It was unbelievable with the amount of goals scored,” said Ugo as he reflected on the match. “We produced some fantastic attacking play and some wonderful patches of play where we cut Leicester to shreds, but we looked vulnerable at set pieces at the other end.
“You have to look at where the boys have come from over the last two weeks, especially after the Everton and Reading games where they’ve been under pressure and they’ve had to deal with an element of nervousness and anxiety.
“Performances had to get better and today they showed application, intent and a willingness to tackle and head the ball. There was a lot more team spirit which pleased me no end and, yes, there were a lot of things that we can work on but I think the boys deserve a lot of credit today.”
Our first goal of the afternoon came from Under-18s striker Sterling, who was making his first competitive Under-21s appearance. Ugo praised the youngster for the way he handled the step up before challenging the whole team to maintain the attacking endeavour they showed in the game over the coming weeks and months.
“I thought Kazaiah did very well up against two tall centre-halves,” he said. “We believe he’s good enough which is why he got an opportunity. Whoever comes in is technically able to deal with this level and it’s just a question of whether they can match that physically and mentally. Kaz did that today and I’m pleased for him that he got on the scoresheet.
“All the boys have got to understand that this is the standard they have now set for application and intent. If they learn and take on board everything we’ve talked about, they will get better.”