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Sunderland U21s 2-1 Spurs - Ugo's verdict

23 September 2014|Tottenham Hotspur

Ugo Ehiogu believes our Under-21s will learn from Monday night's defeat at Sunderland - and be all the better for it by the time they face Manchester United next Monday (September 29).

The Black Cats edged a competitive encounter in the Barclays U21 Premier League at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground.

After a goalless first half, David Ferguson bundled home from close range from a corner to open the scoring on 58 minutes with Martin Smith’s penalty doubling the lead 20 minutes later.

Daniel Akindayini finished smartly from close range in the 89th minute to give us hope of salvaging a point but it wasn’t to be as we suffered our first loss of the campaign.

“We played an experienced Sunderland team who had a style of play that we weren’t quick enough to recognise and that caused us a few problems,” said Ugo, who was disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded.

“Every goal is avoidable but there are players (at the corner) who are meant to be doing a job and we have to realise the importance of small details.

“We always talk about detail and when you play an experienced team who know how to play, the players will have to solve that problem and we didn’t do that well enough.

“Having said that, Cameron Carter-Vickers played at right-back and that was a good experience for him and it was good to see Joe Pritchard get some minutes for the Under-21s but on the whole, it was a big learning curve for us.

“The good thing is that we haven’t long to wait until the next game and we will be better.”

Barclays U21 Premier League
Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
Monday, September 29
Kick-off 7pm