Tottenham Hotspur under-21 coach Ugo Ehiogu says yesterday's development squad match was an eye-opening one for his young players.
Tottenham took on Hampton and Richmond, an Isthmian League Premier Division side, in a friendly encounter and the fact they were playing a senior side was considered a good thing for Ehiogu.
The added physicality involved in the match meant it was a tough test for the prospects, but Ehiogu felt they came through it well.
Alex McQueen scored Tottenham's only goal of the match, in the 1-1 draw, but Ehiogu was pleased that most his youngsters did not back-out of the battle with their older opponents.
"We’ve been big on not just the physical emphasis, but the man’s game as a whole and I thought today resembled League or Conference football in parts," he said to Spurs' official site.
“It was certainly an eye-opener for some and you can never recreate this sort of atmosphere on the training ground, which is why it’s very nice to come here and get put under pressure.
"The players have got to be able to deal with everything and still be the best player in a one-v-one situation."
Mauricio Pochettino has already expressed a desire to better utilise the academy system whilst he is in charge at the club.
The Argentine boss believes that more young-prospects should be given their chance in Spurs' first-team so the development squad will have hoped to convince the boss that they were ready to step-up to senior football.
Of the players involved Josh Onomah is highest-profile, with the England youth-international widely regarded as a potential star of the future.