Sherwood takes Spurs 'XI' positives

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Tim Sherwood was left to focus on the positives after a young Spurs 'XI' side fell to defeat against Leyton Orient yesterday.

The behind-closed-doors friendly took place at Tottenham's training ground, Spurs Lodge, and ended in a 3-2 victory for the O's after Simon Dawkins and Souleymane Coulibaly had struck for the hosts.

Captain Massimo Luongo was one of the players singled out for particular praise post-match, with the Australian youth international setting up Dawkins for the opening goal and playing an instrumental role throughout.

Keeper Oscar Jansson was also in fine form, whilst full-back Jake Nicholson impressed, going close to a late equaliser - as did John Bostock.

"I thought we were excellent at times and it was a typically cavalier performance that we try to produce," Technical Co-Ordinator Sherwood told the official Spurs website.

"It’s all about producing players and not winning football matches at this level. I think Massimo was back to his best, Simon Dawkins did well and Jake Nicholson at right-back was excellent.

"The Orient players had a lot of experience, so it was good for the lads to play against them. It was a decent exercise."

A host of the younger players are expected to be on show in a week's time, when Tottenham U19s host Liverpool U19s in the NextGen series quarter-final at White Hart Lane.

After convincingly winning a group that contained Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven and Sporting Lisbon, expectations are high in north London, with a potential crop of future stars rising through the academy ranks at the current time.

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