‘Disappointed’ – Coach shares verdict after U21’s squander 3-0 lead against Liverpool

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Wayne Burnett
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Tottenham Hotspur U21 coach Wayne Burnett has expressed his disappointment after watching his side throw away a three goal lead against their Liverpool counterparts.

A goal from Romaine Mundle and a brace by Yago Santiago appeared to have put Tottenham in the driving seat heading into the half time break at Stevenage.

The Merseysiders came back into the Premier League 2 clash during the second half when Luke Chambers, Max Woltman and substitute Harvey Blair all netted for the visitors.

Despite being pegged back, Tottenham still had opportunities to regain the lead in the latter stages of the match but were unable to find the back of the net and have now drawn three of their last four matches.

Burnett revealed his disappointment after the game about how they failed to cope with the Liverpool pressure despite expecting it to come after half-time.

He did however believe his side can still take away certain positives from the match courtesy of a number of strong displays.

Burnett told SPURSPLAY in the post-match interview: “In the first half we looked really bright, pressed aggressively and scored three very good goals. We spoke at half-time and said that Liverpool would be very aggressive so we knew what was coming and we’re really, really disappointed to have been three goals to the good and to draw 3-3.”

“The momentum changed very quickly, we spoke about not allowing them to get into a rhythm and we have to understand and manage the game better, to recognise that the pressure is coming, be better both with and without the ball and we weren’t tonight, so that was disappointing.”

“Saying that we went right to the end and almost nicked it in the end. It was a disappointing result but there were some good performances from certain players so we have to take some positives from that and look forward now.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

The outcome would undoubtedly have dealt a damning blow to the players after the efforts they put in the opening half of this clash. However, they must learn from this experience and realise how the opposition can never be ruled out in any circumstances.

Development of the youngsters is always the primary objective in the youth systems, so setbacks like this would help them prepare themselves for the challenging future and prevent this situation from happening once again.

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