Manager singles out Tottenham wonderkid pair after starring against rivals
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Ugo Ehiogu singled out youthful duo Joe Pritchard and George Owens for their performances in the club’s Premier League 2 defeat to Manchester City on Friday night.
Midfield pair Pritchard, 20, and Owens, 19, shone for the Spurs development side even though they lost 2-1 against their big-name rivals at White Hart Lane.
Owen played the full 90 minutes and Pritchard featured for 76 minutes of the clash at White Hart Lane in Premier League 2, which is a development competition for leading players aged 23 and under.
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Spurs Under-23s manager Ehiogu praised the emerging stars in the immediate wake of Friday’s fixture.
“Charlie Owens has worked on a lot of aspects of his game off the pitch and it was nice to see him come through in such a positive way,” Ehiogu said, as quoted by the official Tottenham website.
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“Joe Pritchard again has worked terrifically hard and was clever. If you are going to play a football match with a performance like the boys have shown for 70-odd minutes here, you’ll win more games than you lose.”
The victory for City allowed them to gain a modicum of revenge for their senior side’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs earlier this month.
Tottenham dominated for much of the match but had only a consolation penalty from substitute Shayon Harrison to show for their efforts.
Marcus Edwards, who also played the full 90 minutes of the encounter, was unable to add to the three goals and two assists he has accumulated in Premier League 2 this season.
Edwards, who made his senior debut in Tottenham’s 5-0 League Cup hammering of third tier Gillingham last month, has a burgeoning reputation.
He has impressed in Spurs’ youth set-up in recent years as well as dazzling during pre-season for the senior team.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against West Brom on Saturday.