Academy pair Jide Maduako and Jack Marriott (pictured) were on target for the second time in three days and second-year pro Ronan Murray was also on the scoresheet as a Town reserves side beat Tottenham 3-1 in a friendly at their Spurs Lodge training ground this afternoon. Maduako and Marriott both netted as the U18s beat Portsmouth on Saturday.
Irish U21 international Murray put the Blues in front with a shot from the edge of the area, then central defender Maduako, an academy second-year scholar from London, nodded ex-Arsenal man Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's freekick home.
Marriott scored the third, adding to an impressive recent goals record. The first-year scholar from Kettering has netted a goal in each of his last five games for the U18s. All Town's goals came in 12 second-half minutes with Cameron Lancaster scoring the home side's consolation late on.
Coach Sean McCarthy had praise for veteran Mark Kennedy and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who played 75 and 80 minutes respectively: "Sparky showed a great attitude, helping the youngsters throughout the game and Jet was the same.
"They would have played 90 minutes but we wanted to give some of the boys a run out. We finished the game with seven academy scholars on the pitch and that's great testament to the work Russell [Osman] is doing.
"Some of the youngsters have not played at this level before so games like this, against clubs of Tottenham's standing, are great experience for them."
Arran Lee-Barrett, Luke Hyam, Tommy Smith, Jack Ainsley, Callum Bennett, Jonny Leddy and Joe Whight were also amongst those in action for the Blues, while Spurs included ex-Town loanee Jake Livermore in their side.
We are going up - dreamtime beating Spurs away - wow .... Now if only this game meant something ? - does bode well for the future - infact might see some of these boys in the first X1 before Xmas - well done RO etc .. Positive news from PR
Maduako always sounds promising from reports and Seems to pop up with some goals. Has anyone seen much of him ? Could do with another decent cb coming through !!! Marriott seems to have a knack of scoring as well
Best news coming out of PR for a long while. We must encourage the younger players and hope they progress. ITFC need to start building for the future - sure we can not have a team of all academy players - or all youngsters full stop. However, I simply can't see or understand how PJ's policy of buying golden oldies, injury prone has-beens; supplimented by a number of loans (who will go back to their parent clubs shortly) is a) the way forward b) assisting us for the future. In many ways it's a backwards step - as next Summer we will be back to square 1. I really don't like the way this club is heading. This may have been the way forward several years ago - but not now. PJ is IMO out of touch.
Agree re Murray - people 'in the club' reckon he is the best striker we have !!! no names !!! With JS and MC with some problems off field Must be worth a punt on the bench - def ahead of Priskin , Murphy and Ellington - imagine Murray , cresswell , Hyam and Carson in the team - wow that could take the ave age down to 30
Town have failed to address the failure to promote enough youth players to the senior squad. PJ needs to start with the reserves and then ask himself how he can improve that team. The team must build for the future not the past so he should only add two or three senior/experienced to the squad and then let the team settle whatever happens, whether it is relegation or mid table. Better than watching the current performances of no pace, no passion, no courage etc
Bringing in youngsters is all about balance of the first team, look at the master, Sir Alex Ferguson, he knows just when and how to bring in his younger squad players. So come on PJ emulate the great man and get the best of these youngsters involved with our first team, if I thought you were building for the future, I for one, would have a little more patience with the results. At the moment we have a team full of 'old has beens' and we are going nowhere fast!!!
A great result the scholars looked good and held their own - come the end of the season we can all sit back and moan when the likes of Maduako and Bennett move on because they have not been offered anything decent and another Lavery situation pops up. When will the club learn
Maduako has the potential to progress through the Academy ranks.He is a very good header of the ball,Scored nearly all his goals from corners,and crosses into the 18 yrd box. But has made a few errors defending resulting in giving away easy goals.He gets flustered and tries to get rid of the ball often to the other team players in the box.He has also scored a couple of own goals doing this?. But he has grown in Confidence is improving his game, and has the making of a very decent player in time. COYB
Its great to see that somebody has the mind to start giving our Academy players who they feel are at, or near this level of football their chance to show what they can do?.Trying to work out if they are good enough during a training session is not the way. Some players are not that brilliant in training sessions,But are totally different in a real game of football.Some can do things in a game that they would never do in training?. So lets keep experimenting with a mix of older more skilled and younger players picking up the skills from these. Take example from Manchester united this is how they do it. Look how it works. COYB