Ugo Ehiogu praises Alex Pritchard and Hugo Lloris after Spurs Under-21 win

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The England Under-21 midfielder scored twice in the 4-1 win over Everton, while the France international played the full match.

Tottenham Under-21 manager Ugo Ehiogu was talking to the Spurs website after Monday's 4-1 win over Everton marked the start of the Premier Under-21 League season, and he reserved special praise for two first team members making their way back from injury in the game.

"It’s always nice to see hard work and application applied to good talent," Ehiogu said of his young players' performance on the club site.

"Alex Pritchard was excellent, he did just 45 minutes so we had to reshuffle a couple of things. The first team management were here, so it adds a little pressure which the players have to deal with."

Ehiogu also underlined what playing in front of footballing star like Lloris would do for the young players in the side.

"I thought I’d take a chance with Hugo and he did okay," the former England defender added. "He brings a calmness and a reassurance when he plays. It's wonderful for the players to play in front of that and they have to want more and make that where they want to be"

Club captain Hugo Lloris played the full game as he returned from his fractured wrist, his first 90 minutes since a playing for France in June. The 28-year-old was on the bench in the narrow loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, but could now be in line to start against Stoke City at the weekend.

But the match arguably belonged to Alex Pritchard, who himself was recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in the European Under-21 championships. The former Brentford loanee will have delighted fans who were worried he wouldn't carry his outstanding form from last year into this season with a brace that set Spurs on their way, and he will continue to work on his fitness as he tries to stake a claim for a spot inside Mauricio Pochettino's first team.

Tottenham youngsters Shaq Coulthirst and Nathan Oduwa, a pair that were very much involved with the first team for much of pre-season, added to the scoreline, and ensured it was a comfortable and confident victory for the Spurs development squad, a side that have done so well in recent campaigns.

Coulthirst took to Instagram after the match to show his delight at the scoreline, as well as his goal.


Good Start To The Season, Happy To Start The Season With A Goal & Assist & A 4-1 Win...#COYS

A photo posted by Shaq Coulthirst (@shaqcoulthirst) on

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