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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Development Squad slump into the relegation zone

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Joe Pritchard

The Under-23 Development Squad have slumped into the relegation zone in Premier League 2 after another defeat, this time at Leicester City, themselves in the relegation zone.

It may be called an Under-23 tournament but we are playing young sides containing 17 and 18-year-olds. We had 1 16-year-old play, 4 17-year-olds, 5 18-year-olds, 1 19-year-olds and a single 20-year-old.

You can read a report on the game and its highlights on the official Spurs website. The extract below is the opinion of coach Ugo Ehiogu on the game.

"I thought we controlled the game for 50, 60 minutes against an experienced Leicester team with the likes of Schlupp, Gray and Benalouane the big centre-half, without that real cutting edge. We probed and controlled the middle third of the pitch without having the final quality to break them down. 
"We lost Anthony Georgiou to an injury just before half-time - we all hope it's not too serious - and when you take everything on board, yes there were positives. Brandon Austin was excellent, clean hands, big moments where he did his job well. He's had college as well this morning so he's had a long day! Joe Muscatt worked his socks off, great application up against someone like Schlupp. He gave us everything and had nothing left in the tank. He'll take heart from that. 
"Charlie Owens was reliable, good distribution, Zenon was honest, Cy gave us a little guile but when Schlupp and Gray turned up the gas in the second half you could see the difference. We nullified them for a long time because we got in their faces and kept the ball so it's disappointing overall, the players have put an unbelievable shift in but come away with nothing again."

MATCH DATA 

Leicester City: Iversen, Johnson, Wood (Pascanu 61), Miles (Ndukwu 56), Moore, Benalouane, Kapustka, Barnes, Mitchell (Muskwe 69), Gray, Schlupp. Substitutes (not used): Rowe, Bramley (GK).
Tottenham Hotspur: Austin (17yo), Muscatt (18yo), Stylianides (18yo), Marsh (17yo) (Tanganga 75 - 17yo), Owens (18yo), Maghoma (18yo), Tracey (18yo), Pritchard (20yo) (Brown 83 - 17yo), Loft (19yo), Goddard (19yo), Georgiou (19yo) (Griffiths 45+2 - 16yo). 
Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK - 17yo).
Goals: Leicester City - Gray 74, Moore 79.
Yellow cards: Leicester City - Johnson 24.
Referee: James Adcock.


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