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Ball's Spurs preview

by Stuart Vose

U21 Coach previews Saturday's game.

Kevin Ball is hoping to see progress when his side face Tottenham in North London tomorrow.

The under-21 squad went down 3-2 to Southampton in their season opener earlier this month as the brand new Barclays U21 Premier League kicked off.

Ball was happy with the performance overall and wants to see his side kick on tomorrow at Tottenham’s Spurs Lodge training ground.

It's a test and a challenge whichever way you look at it

- Kevin Ball on Spurs game

“In terms of the game, it’s a test and a challenge whatever way you look at it,” Ball said.

“We’re all looking forward to it and with EPPP coming in it will be a game between two sets of players of the same age.

“I enjoyed much of what we did in the last game [against Southampton], though there were certain elements to work on.

“We’re looking for improvement there but I was pleased overall. We’ll wait and see what happens this weekend.”

A mixed development squad consisting of under-18 and under-21 players earned a 1-1 draw against Hibs at the Academy of Light yesterday.

Ball described the run-out as “productive” but says the strong wind had an impact on the game.

“The conditions weren’t fantastic, but both teams still tried to pass the ball around,” he said.

“We stuck to our philosophy, although maybe we should have gone a bit longer to help ourselves get further up the pitch.

“It was a good workout and a good opportunity for the likes of James Armstrong and Liam Marrs, who were coming back from injury.”