Double Defeat

There was double disappointment for the club's youth teams on Saturday with both sides losing.

The U17s lost 2-1 at Fulham and, with Tottenham winning as well, academy director Tony Carr admits:

"The season is over for the 17s now unfortunately, and it looks like it has ended with a whimper."

As for the U19s, an early sending off at home to Birmingham City didn't help the cause - though they did hold out until the hour mark.

Darren Blewitt was shown a straight red card after an eighth minute clash before a penalty earned the Blues their three points.

"I didn't see the sending off incident but I will review it on video," says Tony.

"The ref said that he kicked him from behind when they were going up for a ball, but Darren says it was six of one and half a dozen of the other and that he didn't kick him.

"You can't do that in front of the ref and obviously the sending off didn't help a side that had two schoolboys in it.

"The penalty, though, was a blatant dive from the same guy that was involved in Darren's sending off and he conned the ref, so he is not the most popular guy with us at the moment.

"To be honest, we deserved at least a draw; it was so hard with 10 men but I couldn't have asked for more effort and application.

"Graeme Carrick and Sos Yao had chances - but it wasn't to be."