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Narrow Defeat For Under 18s


12:56 11th March 2013

Spurs edge tight game at Compton.

The Molineux under 18s slipped to a narrow defeat when they entertained Tottenham Hotspur at Compton Park on Saturday.

Coach Mick Halsall relates the story of the game. He said: “This was always going to be hard game for the players as we already knew what we would be up against after playing Spurs at the start of the New Year.

“We settled in to the game well although we did not get on the ball as much as we would have liked. But we looked good in our shape and although down in possession did not look troubled. 

“It was another game where I thought we could have kept the ball better at times and gained yardage up the pitch by trying to play rather than being quite direct and trying to get in with one ball. 

“We found ourselves behind due to a lapse in concentration around our 18 yard box when Spurs won a corner and our players failed to recognise the dangers. 

“The goal came about following a shot from the edge of the box which I thought both defence and keeper should have dealt with it in a more competent manner. 

“We then deservedly equalised through Dave Moli (pictured) who took his goal really well as he lobbed a player stood on the line after the Spurs keeper had rushed out and left his goal. 

“Tottenham remained the more dominant team in possession but, as before the goals, they did not look as if they could hurt us. However, with thirty seconds to go in the first half, we made another error when, with no real threat, one of our players did not deal with an easy ball and when it was returned to the goalmouth we conceded an own goal. 

“We seemed to do much better in our closing down and stopping them from having easy possession, but both teams failed to create any clear cut chances as they both cancelled each other out and so the game finished on something of a low ebb.

“Once again the game proved to be a big learning curve for our lads for they had to work hard against some talented players who very good in possession.

“We can all talk about trying to get our teams to play passing football and be better on the ball but when you come against players who are more talented the big factor is how you cope with them. As usual our players gave everything, as they do week in week out, working tirelessly for the team and each other.

“At times throughout the season I have questioned their understanding and at times the ability to see certain dangers the opposition pose. But again that is down to the quality of the player by way of their knowledge of the game. 

“As a group of players they have to continue to work hard and stay focused in trying to improve individually and collectively whilst also trying to improve their understanding of their roles and responsibilities within the team no matter who we come up against.

“But I know they will give everything in trying to win games.”

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