Keen Rues Missed Chances

KEVIN Keen admitted that his Reserve side had the chances to take something from the 2-1 defeat to Spurs, but confessed that the visitors' superior quality told in the end.

Spurs scored two excellent goals through Andy Reid and Lee Barnard to cancel out Elliott Ward's header and grab the three points.

Kevin said: "It was a game with loads of chances and probably on the balance of chances we maybe deserved something.

"But I think Spurs perhaps had that bit more quality on the ball at times and that hurt us.

"In my opinion we could have done better in a few areas of the pitch and we were a little disappointed with our performance on the night."

Still there was the positive of some fine performances from the younger members on the pitch, in particular goalkeeper Matt Reed who made a string of fine saves to keep Spurs out.

"It was an end to end game with lots of goalmouth action," explained Kevin. "Matt did well, but defensively I think both teams might need to look at a few things because there were a lot of openings.

"JJ (Jack Jeffery) has done very well these last few weeks, but perhaps that was one game too many for him. Zavon Hines came off the bench and looked very lively.

"Kyel Reid is similar to JJ and didn't do as well as he has been doing recently. There comes a time when you really have to stand up and have a go, especially when you are playing against players of that calibre.

"Spurs had some young players as well, but they had a lot of quality in the team and we needed to show more resilience."

Kevin changed things around at half-time, bringing on midfielder David Cowley in place of forward Hogan Ephraim - a tactical switch that was disrupted by Spurs' winner on 49 minutes.

"I just wanted to change it," he said. "It was purely a tactical substitution. I switched the formation, but they scored not long after the re-start and that made it very tough for us."