With a five-goal cushion going into the second-leg of the Europa League playoff with Hearts, Tottenham were able to play a somewhat experimental side at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

Harry Redknapp handed starts to no fewer than five Academy graduates with Harry Kane, Tom Carroll, Ryan Fredericks, Andros Townsend and Jake Nicholson later joined by debutant Jake Nicholson.

Kane certainly made the most notable contribution, without the 18-year-old winning and ultimately missing a first-half penalty, having initialling been put through on goal by Carroll.

And Redknapp was pleased with the contribution of his youngsters, with the game ending 0-0 to ensure Spurs progressed into the group stages of the competition.

“I was pleased for them,” said the Spurs boss. “It was a good experience for all of them.


“They come into training every day and work hard, they’ve got a good attitude and they deserve a chance to play so it was good for them.

“They did okay, they did well and it will only improve them. It's a big stage out there, they've come from playing youth and reserve team football so to step out in front of a big crowd can only do them good.

“Young Tom was excellent, Harry worked hard up front and young Ryan, I’m sure it was a surprise for him to be in the first team. Then Jake Nicholson came on, so it was good experience for the kids."

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