Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against UE Cornellà:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua’s performance against UE Cornellà:

792241fc-f381-4463-b6ce-bea492315aa4

Spurs loanee Samuel Shashoua was in action for Atlético Baleares on Sunday morning in the Spanish Segunda Division B Group III, when Manix Mandiola’s table topping side welcomed UE Cornellà to the Son Malferit. Shashoua (19) completed 81 minutes of the ‘ Balearicos ‘ 2-0 win over Cornellà and it was a match winning performance from the West Londoner, who netted Atlético’s second goal of the game to extend Atlético’s lead at the top of the league table to seven points. Samuel put in a match winning performance against Cornellà and his impact on the game from out on the left wing was immense. The teenager started Sunday’s match out on the left wing as Atlético lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Shashoua’s first involvement in the game arrived early on in the match and it was a significant one. After receiving Francesc Fullana’s pass out on the left flank Shashoua decided to come inside onto his right foot before whipping the ball into the Cornellà penalty area. Samuel’s dangerous delivery caused a bit of a scramble inside the box. Cornellà defender Richard tried to clear the ball but Marcos De la Espada managed to get a toe on the ball to poke it through to Nuha who fired the ball home from close range to give Atlético an early lead. An overhit cross from Canario was picked up by Samuel at the back post shortly afterwards. Shashoua tried to head the ball down but it ended up striking Borja who eventually got the ball clear. Samuel was making some good early runs and his movement inside the final third was nice and sharp, I was also impressed by his tracking back to help out Atlético left back Peris during the early parts of the game. After Nuha Marong had managed to knock down Carl Klaus’ long kick up field to Samuel, the nimble footed teenager managed to turn his man before darting into the Cornellà penalty area where was intercepted by Borja who then cleared the ball. Around five minutes later Samuel came inside from the left flank before whipping a glorious ball into the Cornellà penalty area, where he managed to pick out his teammate Marcos De la Espada whose resulting headed effort on goal was well kept out by Cornellà goalkeeper Ramón.

Shashoua could be seen switching flanks with Canario during the latter stages of the first half, so as to test the Cornellà defence even more. Manix Mandiola’s side were defending well and the sending off of Cornellà defender Ricard on 42 minutes gave the ‘ Balearicos ‘ a big boost. Samuel’s first involvement in the second half occurred a matter of moments after the restart. After receiving Peris’ pass down the left flank Shashoua brought the ball forward before making a lovely defence splitting pass to set Nuha through on goal. However, the Gambian internationals resulting effort was saved by Ramón and even if he had have scored it wouldn’t have counted as he was adjudged to be in an offside position when Samuel made the pass. Then in the 47th minute of the game none other than our very own Samuel Shashoua managed to double Atlético’s lead by scoring his fifth goal of the season. Shashoua reacted sharply to Marcos De la Espada’s pass over the top of the Cornellà defence and this set Samuel racing between the defenders, and he had the pace to take the ball into the penalty area. While in the danger zone Samuel took a couple of nice, quick touches before calmly side footing the ball down into the turf and into the bottom right hand corner of Ramón’s goal. A couple of minutes later an ecstatic looking Samuel whipped  another good ball into the oppositions box, but it was cleared away by Leo. After latching onto the ball down the right side of the Cornellà penalty area Nuha attempted to square the ball for Shashoua in the middle of the danger zone. However, his pass was smothered by the Cornellà goalkeeper Ramón before Samuel could get to the ball. Young Samuel continued to have a positive influence on the game for the remainder of it, and the energy levels in which he showed on Sunday were superb. Shashoua’s last involvement in the game came only a couple of minutes before he departed the field. After Canario’s lofted pass had found its way out to Samuel on the left flank the young winger decided to burst forwards down the left side of the Cornellà penalty area before passing the ball to Fullana, whose powerful effort on goal was well saved by Ramón. The 19 year old was replaced by Hugo Diaz in the 81st minute of the game.

This was a match winning performance from Samuel who will have been relieved to have found the back of the net again. It was a very intelligent performance from the left winger who adapted well to the game despite the tight defending of Pere down the left flank and the physicality of the opposition. Essentially creating Nuha’s opener, Shashoua went onto create a number of very good chances for Manix Mandiola’s side and he got his rewards for his excellent movement and hard work when he scored Atlético’s second of the game early on in the second half, with a really smart finish. The former England under 18 international was superb in every department against Cornellà and  his contribution to the game at both ends of the pitch was of the highest quality. Samuel’s next game is against Anthony Georgiou’s Atlético Levante on Sunday morning, hopefully Anthony will be fit enough to face his Spurs teammate!

Samuel Shashoua for Atlético Baleares this season: 

Appearances: 28

Goals: 5

Assists: 2

Advertisements

Spurs under 23’s 2-1 Swansea City: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-1 Swansea City: (match report)

8310BD9F-F948-4173-9C24-252FA68D69C4.jpeg

Our under 23’s penultimate PL2 game of the 2018/19 season was a must win game for Wayne Burnett’s side who languished in the division one relegation zone, going into Monday nights match. Burnett and his coaching staff made a number of changes from the team which started the previous Monday’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, with fresh starts handed to a whole batch of our under 18’s for the game in South Wales. It was the perfect response from our under 23’s on Monday night and after putting in a superb high energy performance, Burnett’s side thoroughly deserved to beat Swansea 2-1 courtesy of two fine strikes from the excellent Troy Parrott. Already on the cusp of relegation to the second division the leagues basement club Swansea City needed to beat Spurs to stand any chance of beating the drop. Burnett’s side on the other hand were also desperate to record a win and get themselves out of the relegation zone. Spurs started yesterday’s match at the Liberty Stadium with an energy about them which I hadn’t seen for a long while. We lined up to win the game and our positive and attacking approach to the game was evident from the back four right up to our centre forward Troy Parrott. It was a highly entertaining and competitive game of football and it was Burnett’s side who started the first half the better of the two sides. The lively Troy Parrott hit the woodwork early on in the game as Spurs created a number of good chances. The game was being played at a high tempo and both sides were looking to catch one another on the break. Spurs’ best player Troy Parrott gave the young Lilywhites the lead five minutes before the interval after he curled home a sumptuous free kick from the edge of the Swansea penalty area. However, less than four minutes later the ‘ Swans ‘ drew level after Liam Cullen finished off a smart passing move from inside the Tottenham penalty area. Spurs managed to maintain their high energy levels throughout the second half as both sides really started to go for the win. Chances came and went for both teams however, it was the more technical side who ended up netting the winner in the 80th minute of the game.

The unplayable and bullish Troy Parrott managed to create space for himself on the edge of the Swansea penalty area, to receive Dilan Markanday’s pass. Parrott’s good feet and quick thinking resulted in him twisting his way around Swansea defender Ben Cabango before clinically slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner of Steven Benda’s goal to score his and Spurs’ second goal of the game. Spurs defended excellently to see out the remainder of the game and record a vital three points. It was one of our development sides best performances of the season on Monday night, and it will give them a huge boost of confidence going into their final league game against Derby County at the end of the month. Burnett’s side are currently two points above 11th placed West Ham and a win against the ‘ Rams ‘ in their final PL2 fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would secure their division one status. Wayne Burnett’s side linedup in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation on Monday evening, but the Tottenham head coach made a number of changes from their last game. Brandon Austin started in goal while a back four of Tariq Hinds, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, captain Japhet Tanganga and Harvey White lined up in front of him. George Marsh partnered Jamie Bowden in central midfield, as Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks either side of CAM Jack Roles. The inform Troy Parrott led the line for Spurs on what was his 11th appearance of the season for our development side. The Spurs players huddled around one another prior to kick off due to the importance of Monday’s game. Wayne Burnett’s side got the game underway on a cool evening at the Liberty Stadium in front of a crowd of a couple of hundred or so spectators. Spurs were knocking the ball about well during the first few minutes of the game before they launched their first meaningful attack. After Lyons-Foster had passed the ball to Markanday on the right flank he gave the ball to Tariq Hinds whose whipped cross was cleared by Ben Cabango inside the Swansea penalty area. A couple of minutes later Spurs came desperately close to taking the lead through the lively Troy Parrott. After Shilow Tracey had passed the ball to Parrott the Irishman managed to sidestep his way past Swansea’s Simon Paulet before having a pop on goal from just over 20 yards out. Parrott’s powerful low effort seemed to be heading for the bottom left hand corner of Steven Benda’s goal however, it ended up striking the base of his right hand post before bouncing behind for a goal kick, even though Parrott had claimed that Benda had got a finger on the ball. 

After the alert Jamie Bowden had pounced on a sloppy pass from the Swansea goalkeeper Steven Benda, the 17 year old gave the ball to Parrott who quickly slipped the ball into Shilow Tracey down the left hand side of the Swansea penalty area. However, the Spurs winger took too long to get his shot away and both Tyler Reid and Ben Cabango had been able to get back in time to close down Tracey’s angles. The 20 year old eventually fired the ball wide of the goal at Steven Benda’s near post. At the other end of the pitch the rapid Jordon Garrick managed to breeze past Harvey White down the right flank before cutting the ball back to Keiran Evans on the edge of the Spurs box. Evans’ resulting first time strike flew a fraction wide of Brandon Austin’s goal. The high tempo to the game continued as both sides looked to attack one another’s defences. Troy Parrott attempted to play Shilow Tracey through on goal with a clever pass however, the talented Tyler Reid managed to get in front of Tracey and clear the ball. A couple of moments later Tyler Reid was on hand again, this time to clear Harvey White’s teasing cross into the danger zone. At the other end of the pitch Tottenham captain Japhet Tanganga was on hand to block a cross from Jordan Garrick behind for a Swansea corner kick. The speedy Jordon Garrick was continuing to cause young Harvey White problems down the right flank. After surging past the makeshift left back, Garrick brought the ball into the Spurs penalty area. However, Lyons-Foster was on hand to make an important challenge to win the ball off of Garrick inside the Spurs box before getting it clear. A whipped low cross from the potent Jordon Garrick was then well cleared by Lyons-Foster inside the Spurs box before Harvey White fouled Garrick out on the right flank, to concede a free kick in a dangerous position. Just as the rain started to come down, Keiran Evans whipped the ball into the danger zone from the resulting free kick. Swansea defender Ben Cabango attacked the ball inside the Spurs box before heading the ball over Brandon Austin’s crossbar courtesy of a deflection off of Tariq Hinds.

Ben Cabango headed Kees De Boer’s corner kick narrowly wide of Austin’s near post as the Tottenham defence started to become a little bit anxious. The impressive Brooklyn Lyons-Foster made another important defensive intervention after Ben Cabango passed the ball to Liam Cullen the edge of the Spurs penalty area. However, the decisive Lyons-Foster was able to step in front of Cullen before clearing the ball. Spurs responded down the other end through Troy Parrott. After Marsh had passed the ball to Markanday the creative Tottenham winger slipped the ball into Parrott inside the Swansea box. However, the Dubliner’s quickly taken effort down the right hand side of the penalty area was blocked by Swansea captain Cain Harries, as Jack Roles appealed for a handball. An ambitious pass from Jamie Bowden shortly afterwards came close to picking out Dilan Markanday who was in space down the right side of the Swansea penalty area. However, the winger only just missed meeting the ball on the volley and it went behind for a goal kick. Spurs continued to try and test the ‘ Swans ‘ defence and after White received Bowden’s pass on the left flank the Tottenham fullback played the ball down the line to Shilow Tracey, who whipped the ball across the face of Steven Benda’s goal. A couple of minutes later Swansea defender Ben Cabango was on hand to clear away an inviting cross from Jamie Bowden. Jack Roles then had an effort on goal blocked by Cabango on the edge of the Swansea box as Burnett’s side continued to put pressure on the home side. A good passing move resulted in Markanday passing the ball to Marsh who then gave it to Parrott on the edge of the Swansea penalty area. Parrott’s first touch was sublime and it allowed him to take the ball away from Ben Cabango, but the Swansea defender panicked and ended up tripping Parrott who elected to take the following free kick. The Confident Dubliner who had scored a free kick from a similar position against Chelsea’s under 18’s the previous week, had set himself up well. Parrott managed to get his trademark side footed dipping free kick, up and over the Swansea wall, before it nestled into the top left hand corner of the helpless Steven Benda’s goal, 1-0. 

Parrott sprinted over to the nearest photographer, as he and his teammates celebrated his first ever goal at this level. Shortly after the game got back underway Shilow Tracey gave the ball to Jack Roles on the edge of the Swansea box. The Cyprus under 21 international managed to sort his feet out well but he rushed himself and his resulting curling effort flew well over Steven Benda’s crossbar. Both Harvey White and Jamie Bowden did well to clear successive corners from Swansea’s Kees De Boer, before Spurs broke forward down the other end of the pitch. After Roles had shifted the ball out to Hinds on the right wing the Goodmayes born fullback floated a nice cross into Parrott who was in the middle of the Swansea box. However, the Ireland under 19 international could only glance his resulting header wide of the Swansea goal. Despite all of the good football which Spurs had played during the first half, Burnett’s side were unable to prevent the ‘ Swans ‘ from drawing level in the 44th minute through their top scorer Liam Cullen. After Keiran Evans picked up the ball he drove forward towards the Tottenham penalty area, before slipping a nicely weighted pass into Cullen who had made a run down the left side of the box. Cullen’s run wasn’t picked up by Spurs’ right back Tariq Hinds and he was able to slot the ball past the helpless Brandon Austin at his near post, and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-1. Spurs launched one final late attack after Shilow Tracey managed to find Jack Roles inside the Swansea penalty area, but his resulting effort was blocked by Ben Cabango, and Roles‘ subsequent appeals for a penalty were waived away by the referee Richard Hulme before he blew for half time. Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack’s Swansea side got the second half underway as the rain continued to pour down on the Liberty Stadium. An early Tottenham attack resulted in Bowden passing the ball to Parrott who then slipped the ball into the feet of Dilan Markanday down the right hand side of the Swansea box. Markanday brought the ball towards the byline where he then tried to find Parrott in the centre of the box, but his lofted pass was gathered by Steven Benda.

Harvey White did well to clear a menacing cross from Jordi Govea at the other end of the pitch, a matter of moments before Swansea came close to taking the lead for the first time in the game. After Kees De Boer managed to pass the ball to Mason Jones-Thomas down the left side of the Spurs box, the Swansea winger had only Austin to beat but his powerful low effort was spectacularly kept out by the diving Austin who managed to get a strong hand on the ball, before Tanganga managed to clear it. A couple of minutes later Jones-Thomas was found once again down the left side of the Tottenham penalty area, this time by Keiran Evans. However, his resulting shot was blocked superbly by the sliding Tanganga before it could trouble Austin. The game was quickly gathering pace as both sides began to really attack one another’s defence. After Jamie Bowden had passed the ball to Dilan Markanday the skilful winger decided to try his luck with a low drilled effort some 20 or so yards out from Steven Benda’s goal. Markanday’s powerful effort had caught Benda by surprise and the outstretched German goalkeeper was unable to get to the ball as it struck the base of his left hand post before going wide. Shilow Tracey was shown a yellow card shortly afterwards for pulling back Swansea’s Simon Paulet. After Dilan Markanday had received Jack Roles’ pass out on the right flank, the skilful 17 year old cut inside onto his left foot before forcing a good save out of Steven Benda from his powerful long range, curling effort on goal. After Swansea substitute Adam King’s misplaced pass came to Jack Roles just inside the Spurs half, nobody in the stadium expected the 20 year old to do what he did next. Instead of attempting to play Troy Parrott through on goal, Roles had looked up and spotted that Benda was off his line. Roles’ speculative first time effort had good pace on it, and it ended up looping dangerously over the panicked Swansea goalkeepers head before clipping the top of the crossbar before going over. It had so nearly been an incredible goal from young Jack Roles.

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster did well to clear a dangerous cross from Mason Jones-Thomas before it came to Adam King at Brandon Austin’s near post. A couple of moments later the Spurs goalkeeper came out to confidently claim a corner kick from Kees De Boer. It continued to be a highly entertaining game and after Jamie Bowden managed to find Troy Parrott down the left flank, the Spurs striker came close to reestablishing our lead. Parrott had tried to take the ball past Swansea defender Ben Cabango who managed to step in front of him. However, the ball bounced kindly off of Cabango and into Parrott who was allowed to advance into the Swansea penalty area. One on one with Steven Benda, you’d have fancied the inform Irishman to score but his low sided footed effort lacked the pace needed to beat Benda, who was able to make a relatively comfortable save. At the opposite end of the pitch, Japhet Tanganga did well to block a shot from Adam King inside the Spurs box, before Harvey White managed to block an effort from Jordi Govea after a Swansea free kick had found its way out to the Spaniard on the edge of the Spurs box. There was a brief pause in play after Spurs captain Japhet Tanganga had collided with Liam Cullen inside the Spurs box, before Lyons-Foster was able to head clear a cross from Jordon Garrick. Troy Parrott was shown a yellow card for a late sliding challenge on Simon Paulet, before Spurs made their first substitution of the game after Wayne Burnett brought off Shilow Tracey for Tashan Oakley-Boothe. A couple of seconds after coming on Oakley-Boothe managed to win a free kick out on the left flank. Harvey White’s resulting delivery hit Adam King inside the Swansea penalty area, but the Tottenham players appeals for a handball were instantly dismissed by the referee. The flawless Japhet Tanganga managed to clear a corner from Jordi Govea before a dangerous Swansea attack ended in Tariq Hinds blocking a shot from Keiran Evans inside the Spurs box. A lofted pass from Jamie Bowden managed to pick out Troy Parrott on the edge of the Swansea box. He did well to hold off Ben Cabango after entering the box before twisting around and giving the ball to Jack Roles who showed some fancy footwork before firing an effort straight at Steven Benda on the turn, and he was able to make the save. 

Wayne Burnett’s side continued to push for that all important winner, after Markanday had latched onto Tariq Hinds’ pass down the right side of the Swansea box he attempted to cut the ball back to Parrott who was waiting in the centre of the box. However, Markanday’s pass was intercepted and then cleared by Ben Cabango. A couple of minutes later Japhet Tanganga picked up the ball before bursting forward through the middle of the park before firing a venomous effort narrowly over Steven Benda’s crossbar, from long range. Wayne Burnett made an attacking change after he brought on Phoenix Patterson for George Marsh in central midfield as the clock started to tick down. Spurs scored a dramatic late winner in the 80th minute of the game through none other than Troy Parrott who netted his and Spurs’ second of the game with another fabulous goal. A sloppy pass from the Swansea goalkeeper Steven Benda came out to Dilan Markanday who did well to control it out on the right flank. Markanday darted inside as he travelled towards the Swansea penalty area before passing the ball to Troy Parrott on the edge of the box who had done really well to create space for himself. Parrott sorted his feet out well before cleverly going around Swansea defender Ben Cabango and into the box, and then clinically firing the ball past Benda and into the bottom right hand corner of the Swansea goal, 2-1. It was an excellent finish from the first year scholar who showed such intelligence to create the space for himself in order to get the shot away. Swansea almost made an immediate response after Keiran Evans slipped the ball into Liam Cullen down the right side of the Spurs box. Cullen cut the ball back to Kees De Boer whose powerful low effort was heroically cleared on the line by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Spurs were in no rush to get the game back underway and for the remainder of the game Spurs preferred to knock the ball around inside their own half. Wayne Burnett introduced some fresh legs when he brought on the energetic Armando Shashoua for Jack Roles. 

The tireless Dilan Markanday made a hugely important interception to win the ball off of Swansea substitute Brandon Cooper inside the Spurs box. A late free kick for the home side deep in second half stoppage time was pumped into the Spurs box by Brandon Cooper, Austin attempted to punch the ball clear but he failed to make sufficient contact with the ball. Thankfully Japhet Tanganga was on hand to get to the loose ball and he managed to bring it out of the Spurs box before being fouled by the ‘ Swans ‘ substitute Adnan Maric. The referee Richard Hulme blew his whistle for full time a couple of moments later much to the delight of the Tottenham players and coaching staff alike. A fantastic team performance from the young Spurs lads in South Wales means that they only need to beat Derby County in their final league game at the end of the month to secure their division one status.

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: The Spurs goalkeeper put in another impressive performance on Monday night on what was his 20th appearance for our development side this season. Austin may have only made one save but it was a hugely important one from the 20 year old, at a hugely important moment in the game. Austin dealt authoritatively and effectively with set pieces and crosses and he communicated well with the back four throughout Monday’s important game. Austin made a fantastic reaction save to deny Mason Jones-Thomas from close range early on in the second half and that proved to be a decisive moment in the game.
  • Tariq Hinds: Overall I thought that Hinds put in a solid shift at right back and I felt that he defended well against Swansea winger Mason Jones-Thomas for the most part of the game. I think it would be very harsh to say that Hinds should have defended better during Swansea’s goal and I think that he had a solid game from a defensive point of view.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: My motm, see below.
  • Japhet Tanganga: The Spurs captain was imperious at LCB on Monday evening alongside Brooklyn Lyons-Foster who he formed a rock solid partnership with. Tanganga read the game really well alongside Lyons-Foster and he made some very intelligent decisions during the match. He dealt well with the physicality that Swansea centre forward Liam Cullen posed and he constantly managed to get in front of his man when he was defending. Excellent in the air and committed in the challenge, Tanganga also made some crucial blocks. I could only describe the 19 year olds performance as being flawless!
  • Harvey White: Although regular left back Dennis Cirkin did travel and train with the Spurs squad before and during the game, the Dubliner wasn’t named in Wayne Burnett’s match day squad and this meant that midfield anchorman Harvey White had to fill in for him. White has played at left back on a number occasions this season and despite the fact that he had a difficult opening 10-15 minutes against the speedy Jordon Garrick, the first year scholar grew into the game as it went on and I thought that he defended well down his side of the pitch. White read the game well and although he couldn’t match Swansea winger Jordon Garrick for pace, he made up for it with his excellent positioning and the good timing of his challenges. The 17 year olds passing was nice and crisp, and he made a number of important defensive interventions.
  • George Marsh: It was a workman like performance from the holding midfielder who broke up play well during his 79 minutes on the pitch. 
  • Jamie Bowden: After returning from injury only last week when he completed 70 minutes of our under 18’s 2-0 league win over Chelsea. I thought that Bowden was absolutely outstanding last night alongside George Marsh in central midfield. Defensively sound and nice and alert throughout the match, the 17 year olds well roundedness enabled him to pull the strings from central midfield. Bowden made many an ambitious forward pass and his excellent movement and quick thinking helped Spurs to move the ball around well in the middle of the park. Once again the second year scholar looked really sharp and I thought that from an offensive and defensive perspective he was flawless, and he was also a highly influential player for Wayne Burnett’s side. His footballing brain is remarkable for a player so young, and I thought that his positivity and deftly accurate passing proved to be crucial to us winning Monday’s game.
  • Dilan Markanday: The 17 year old had a magnificent game out on the right wing against Swansea on what was only first ever competitive start at this level. Exciting and creative, Markanday’s directness and close ball control caused huge problems for Swansea’s left back Jordi Govea. The second year scholar tracked back excellently after him and he made a number of important interceptions inside his own half. However, it was the unpredictability of his attacking play which really helped Spurs to open up the ‘ Swans ‘ defence. He played with confidence about him and after coming close on two occasions to finding the back of the net during the second half, Markanday did well to set up Troy Parrott’s late winner. I thought it was an excellent performance from the North Londoner!
  • Jack Roles: Another player who had a big impact on Monday nights win was CAM Jack Roles. Constantly looking to initiate chances and try different things, the Cyprus under 21 international linked up really well with the centre forward Troy Parrott and the pair seemed to have a good understanding of one another. Furthermore, the 20 year old was involved in a number of good Spurs attacks and his razor sharp movement got him into some good goalscoring positions. The highlight of the hardworking midfielders game was his audacious effort from long range which came so close to catching Swansea goalkeeper Steven Benda out from inside his own half. 
  • Shilow Tracey: Operating out on the left flank the 20 year old linked up well with left back Harvey White during his 70 minutes on the pitch. Tracey gave a very talented young right back in Swansea’s Tyler Reid some real problems and his pace did catch Reid out on a number of occasions. 
  • Troy Parrott: Since returning from injury 17 year old centre forward Troy Parrott has been in red hot form. And that fine form continued on Monday evening after the Dubliner put in an outstanding match winning performance at the Liberty Stadium. Parrott led the line with aplomb. He was bullish, extremely hard working and he held the ball up excellently, but he was also our most creative player on the night and he was constantly bringing other players into the game. The Ireland under 19 international was dominant in the air but it was his razor sharp movement, skill and clinical finishing which won the game for Spurs. Parrott scored his first and second ever goals at this level last on Monday. His first was a glorious dipping free kick while his second was as a result of some excellent movement, skill and finishing. This was an outstanding performance from Parrott who has now scored five goals from his last three matches since returning from a toe injury earlier this month. I really wouldn’t be surprised if he made the bench for our first team before the end of the season.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: I thought that the second half substitute had a positive effect on Monday’s game after he replaced Shilow Tracey out on the left flank. Oakley-Boothe went on some nice purposeful runs down the left channel and his skill helped him to hold up the ball during the latter stages of the game.
  • Phoenix Patterson: It was a tidy late cameo from Phoenix Patterson who brought some much needed energy to the Tottenham midfield for the final moments of the game.
  • Armando Shashoua: It was only a very brief cameo from the 18 year old but it was an important one. Shashoua pressed the Swansea players aggressively during his short time on the pitch.

My man of the match: This was a very difficult decision to make and I do feel really bad for not giving it to the outstanding Troy Parrott who singlehandedly won Burnett’s side Monday nights game. However, for me the performance of second year scholar Brooklyn Lyons-Foster at RCB was just as impressive but for totally different reasons. The ball playing centre half made only his 11th ever appearance for our development side on Monday evening but the 18 year old looked as if he had played over 100 games at this level, such was the quality of his performance. Lyons-Foster anticipated danger and read the game so well against Swansea, and some of the defensive interventions in which he made were just as important as Troy Parrott’s goals. Right from the get go he was looking to play positive forward balls, something which we greatly missed when we played Blackburn the previous week. The composed centre back played really well alongside the more combative Japhet Tanganga and his heroic late clearance on the line to prevent Kees De Boer from scoring an equaliser, along with his many perfectly timed challenges, interceptions and clearances ensured that Spurs came back from South Wales with all three points. After having a series of frustrating injuries during the early parts of the season Lyons-Foster has performed excellently on a consistent basis since the start of the year. I personally thought that he didn’t put a foot wrong on Monday night.

Swansea City: Benda, Reid, Govea (Cooper 79), De Boer (Maric 84), Harries (c), Cabango, Jones-Thomas, Paulet, Cullen, Evans, Garrick (King 59). Substitutes (not used): Zabret, Price.

Spurs: Austin, Hinds, White, Marsh (Patterson 79), Tanganga (c), Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Bowden, Parrott, Roles (A.Shashoua 88), Tracey (Oakley-Boothe 70). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Dinzeyi.

Goals: Swansea – Cullen 45; Spurs – Parrott 40, 80.

Yellow cards: Swansea- Harries 15, Cabango 39, Paulet 75; Tracey 56, Parrott 69.

Referee: Richard Hulme.

Venue: Liberty Stadium.

Spurs under 21/23’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Jack Roles – 10

Shayon Harrison – 5

Kazaiah Sterling – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Jaden Brown – 2

Vincent Janssen – 2

Troy Parrott- 2

Samuel Shashoua – 1

Marcus Edwards – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Harvey White – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Assists: Jack Roles – 6

Kazaiah Sterling – 3

Vincent Janssen – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

Jaden Brown – 2

Tariq Hinds – 2

Troy Parrott – 1

Shayon Harrison – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Jamie Bowden – 1

George Marsh – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 2

Alfie Whiteman – 1

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against Barcelona B:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against Barcelona B:

59B4EA66-A57A-456A-9FE7-E63DD291D667

Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou was in action for Atlético Levante on Saturday evening in the Spanish Segunda Division B Group III, when Luis Tevenet’s side took on Barcelona B at the Mini Estadi. Georgiou completed 54 minutes of the ‘ Granotas ‘ 3-2 defeat to Barcelona however, despite Anthony putting in an impressive performance it was overshadowed by the fact that he picked up an injury early on in the second half, which forced him to come off. From the 54 minutes of the game that I watched, it was a frantic end to end match. Anthony started the game out on the left wing as Levante lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The game began in disastrous fashion for Anthony’s team, after a goalkeeping error from Picón led to Barcelona striker Mujica giving the home side the lead inside the first minute of the match. Georgiou’s first involvement in the match occurred a couple of minutes later. After the Cyprus international had received Rulo’s pass on the left flank Georgiou decided to drive forward with the ball, before picking out Cantero in the middle of the Barcelona box from his low cross. However, the Levante striker was quickly intercepted by Barcelona defender Miranda who then managed to clear the ball. Levante managed to respond and after Joan Monterde managed to beat Barcelona goalkeeper Iñaki Peña from close range in the seventh minute of the game, the visitors found themselves on level terms. Luis Tevenet’s side started to grow in confidence and after Arturo shifted the ball out to Georgiou on the left flank shortly after the restart, he decided to power forwards. The nimble footed 22 year old surged past two Barcelona players before entering the oppositions penalty area where he decided to let fly on his left foot. However, Georgiou’s powerful effort on goal was blocked by Araujo before the ball came back to Georgiou, whose resulting sliced effort was easily gathered by Barcelona goalkeeper Iñaki Peña. Anthony was looking nice and sharp during the opening stages of the game and he was doing well at vacating space for himself out on the left flank. 

I spotted a good bit of defensive work from Georgiou after he tracked back all the way into the Levante penalty area to close down Carles Pérez’s space inside the box, just as Monchu was about to pump the ball into the danger zone. Georgiou bravely got himself in between the Levante goalkeeper and Pérez, as Picón managed to gather the ball however, he ended up painfully clattering into Georgiou as he did so. Levante then went on a promising attack down the other end of the pitch. After Pepelu embarked on a surging forward run options opened up for the Levante winger, but instead of passing the ball to Georgiou who had made a good run down the left side of the Barcelona box, Pepelu decided to go for goal. However, his powerful low effort failed to test Iñaki Peña and the ball went behind for a goal kick. Levante managed to take the lead for the first time in the game on 34 minutes through Cantero. The Levante striker was able to head home from inside the Barcelona penalty area after he had latched onto Arturo’s cross. However, something which may not have been picked up was Georgiou’s contribution to the goal. After sprinting across the Barcelona defenders as he made a run towards to the near post, Georgiou managed to suck in the Barcelona defence who failed to pick up Cantero who was in acres of space in the centre of the box. I thought that this was a very intelligent piece of play from young Anthony to draw in the Barcelona defence. However, Levante’s lead didn’t last long and less than three minutes later Barcelona managed to draw level through Carles Pérez. Anthony’s last involvement during the first half came in stoppage time. After picking the ball up on the left flank the Lewisham born winger darted down the flank before whipping a low cross into the Barcelona penalty area, but it was cleared behind for a corner kick by Guillem. Sadly Anthony’s game came to an abrupt end just eight minutes into the second half. The youngster had appeared to pull something in his leg as he was running, and Barcelona’s Collado then collided into the back of him. After a couple of seconds of limping about the park he then fell to the floor unable to continue.

It was such a shame to see Anthony have to be replaced with just 54 minutes on the clock, and you could tell by the look on his face that he was absolutely gutted. I am really hoping that this isn’t anything serious for Anthony who has already missed almost three of months of this season through injury. It was a sad end to what had been another very positive and well rounded performance from the speedy young winger, against a very good side in Barcelona B. Overall I thought that the 22 year old gave a really good account of himself on Saturday evening against Barcelona right back Guillem. As always Georgiou did his best to help out Levante’s Rulo at fullback even though it wasn’t always his responsibility to do so. And from an offensive point of view he created a number of good chances for the away side from his many sprints down the left flank. One thing which I have always admired about the Cyprus international is his directness and positivity while he has the ball at his feet. That side of Georgiou’s game has really helped out Levante since he joined them on loan back in January, I just hope that Anthony will recover in time to face his Spurs teammate Samuel Shashoua when Levante go head to head with league leaders Atlético Baleares next Sunday in their next league game.

Anthony Georgiou for Atlético Levante this season:

Appearances: 8

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Spurs under 23’s versus Swansea City: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Swansea City: (match preview)

AF805B63-2234-40C7-979E-8F9BB10A53C4

Our under 23’s have a hugely important PL2 game to prepare for on Monday when they take on Welsh club Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, in Wayne Burnett’s sides penultimate league game of the season. This is a very big game for Spurs who find themselves dangerously close to being relegated to division two, following their 3-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers the previous Monday. Burnett’s side will be going to South Wales with the sole objective of picking up three points on Monday evening. Their opposition who are co managed by Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards, have all but been relegated to the second  division. The ‘ Swans ‘ have picked up just 16 points from their 20 PL2 matches this season, and with just two games remaining they find themselves six points off of tenth place West Ham who have a superior goal difference to them. After the disappointing manner of their 3-0 defeat to Blackburn last Monday, Burnett will be hoping that his side can make a much needed response when they take on Swansea on Monday. The young Lilywhites know that they will need to record a win as they can’t be relying on West Ham dropping points when they take on Derby County on the same evening. The ‘ Swans ‘ have lost just one of their last five competitive games and despite the poor season which they have endured, they are still a good team as we found out in the reverse back in November. On that day Burnett’s side went into the game in good form and after taking the lead during the first half they seemed set to win the game. However, a superb second half performance from the ‘ Swans ‘ ended in them beating us 4-1. Swansea have picked up just four points from their ten home league matches this season, and that has been their downfall this season, but their poor home form is something which Spurs can exploit. The South Wales club have a number of talented young players on their books that Spurs will have to wary of. The ‘ Swans ‘ top scorer this campaign is forward Liam Cullen (8), young technical midfielder Kees De Boer and left winger Mason Jones-Thomas are other players who are capable are making an impact on Monday’s game, along with CAM Yan Dhanda.

The return of Troy Parrott from injury couldn’t have come at a better time for Wayne Burnett as we have desperately been lacking the focal point of an out and centre forward, ever since Kazaiah Sterling joined Sunderland on loan in January. This is a huge game in Spurs’ season and I am confident that our lads will try their very best to make amends for last Monday’s hugely disappointing defeat to Blackburn. I will be traveling up to Swansea to report on Monday’s big game and I would like to wish our lads all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Hinds, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, Marsh (c), White, Tracey, Maghoma, Roles, Parrott.

Subs from: De Bie, Dinzeyi, Duncan, Oakley-Boothe, Bennett. 

Injured/unavailable: Luke Amos, Luis Binks, Maximus Tainio, Enoch Asante, Jeremie Mukendi.

Doubtful: TJ Eyoma, Jamie Reynolds, Malachi Walcott.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-4.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1. 

My one to watch: The ‘ Swans ‘ 21 year old right back Tyler Reid really impressed me during the reverse fixture back in November. The former Manchester United youngster put in an excellent performance against us at left back on that particularly day, and his physicality and reading of the game was second to none. Reid who has previously spent time out on loan with Newport County, has made 14 appearances for Swansea City in the PL2 this season. 

Spurs under 18’s 2-0 Chelsea: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-0 Chelsea: (match report)

30CF7140-7D4A-4B4D-87C0-C4D07D492045.jpeg

Our under 18’s faced Chelsea at their Cobham training centre on Wednesday afternoon in their penultimate league game of the 2018/19 season. John McDermott’s side put in a hugely impressive performance to overcome a strong Chelsea side 2-0, on a sunny afternoon in County Surrey to keep their hopes of winning the league title alive, going into the final round of fixtures. Spurs were once again without a number of important players on Wednesday, most notable of which was the absence our two centre halves Luis Binks and Malachi Walcott. Spurs outsmarted Andy Myers Chelsea side at Cobham by putting in a very intelligent performance against a considerably more physical opposition. As expected the ‘ Blues ‘ gave us a tough game in what was yet another fiercely competitive London Derby. McDermott’s side moved the ball around a lot quicker than the hosts, and technically they were a lot better than Andy Myers side. Defensively outstanding, the back four of Dermi Lusala, Jubril Okedina, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Maxwell Statham performed their duties diligently. The midfield of Jamie Bowden and captain Armando Shashoua fulfilled their roles with aplomb, while the wide men caused problems for the Chelsea fullbacks. However, it was perhaps the excellent hold up play, razor sharp movement and clinical finishing of centre forward Troy Parrott which proved to be the most important component of McDermott’s side. The Dubliner who only returned from injury last Saturday to face Aston Villa, put in another hugely impressive performance for our under 18’s and it was his two well taken goals which won the game for Spurs on Wednesday. Both sides started the game with a good energy about them however, it was Spurs who struck first. 17 year old striker Troy Parrott managed to give Spurs the lead after just 16 minutes when he finished off a fine attacking move from the young Lilywhites. After Jamie Bowden had latched onto Chelsea goalkeeper Jake Askew’s long pass, the Spurs midfielder knocked the ball down to Dilan Markanday who quickly slipped the ball into the feet of Parrott who had made a run into the Chelsea penalty area. Parrott showed lovely feet and composure before calmly slotting the ball past Askew to give Spurs the lead. 

Spurs saw more of the ball than Chelsea during the remainder of the first half but despite creating some good chances they were unable to extend their lead. Some excellent defending from the Tottenham back four managed to keep the potent Chelsea attack at bay and the ‘ Blues ‘ did manage to create some good chances to draw level. John McDermott’s side started the second half well and in the 62nd minute of the game they doubled their advantage thanks to a lovely curling free kick from Troy Parrott to net his and Spurs’ second goal of the game. Spurs continued to play some really good attacking football as well as defending impeccably against an increasingly threatening Chelsea attack. We suffered a blow ten minutes before the end after schoolboy Dermi Lusala was shown a harsh red card on his debut for our under 18’s. However, Spurs managed to reorganise their defence well to deal with some late pressure from the hosts, to record a hugely impressive victory over Chelsea as they continue their fight for the league title ahead of their final league game of the season against Leicester City, at the end of the month. John McDermott’s side lined up in a 4-2-31 formation on Wednesday with overage goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie starting in goal. A back four consisting of schoolboy Dermi Lusala, Jubril Okedina, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Maxwell Statham lined up in front of the Belgian. Captain Armando Shashoua and Jamie Bowden partnered up in central midfield while Maurizio Pochettino and Phoenix Patterson operated out on the flanks, either side of Dilan Markanday who played in the hole. For the second successive game Ireland under 19 international Troy Parrott led the line for Spurs. John McDermott’s side got the game underway on a sunny afternoon at the ‘ Blues ‘ Cobham training centre. Chelsea managed to create the first chance of the game after former Spurs schoolboy Armando Broja went on a darting run through the middle of the pitch before testing Jonathan De Bie with a powerful low effort. The Belgian goalkeeper managed to parry the ball before Jubril Okedina was able clear it away from danger.

After Troy Parrott had laid the ball off to Phoenix Patterson on the edge of the Spurs box, the Tottenham winger tried to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Jake Askew with a first time curling effort. However, the Chelsea goalkeeper was able to gather Patterson’s effort. A couple of minutes later Chelsea’s Marcel Lavinier attempted to pick out Marcel Lewis inside the Spurs box with a searching pass however, De Bie was alert and he managed to come out to smother the ball before Lewis could get to it. The game continued to be played at a high tempo and after Dilan Markanday had managed to find Patterson down the right hand side of the Chelsea box, McDermott would have fancied his players chances of giving Spurs the lead. However, ‘ Blues ‘ defender Dynel Simeu managed to cut the move out and clear the ball. Although Chelsea were seeing more of the ball during the opening stages of the game it was still a very even contest. After receiving Marcel Lewis’ pass down the left side of the Tottenham penalty area, Armando Broja tried to test De Bie from a tight angle but his powerful low effort went behind for a goal kick. Spurs then broke forward down the opposite end of the pitch after Maxwell Statham played the ball down the line to Phoenix Patterson on the left wing. The 18 year old burst forward with the ball before sending a teasing low cross into the Chelsea box, but the ball was cleared away by Dynel Symeu, before Jonathan De Bie managed to gather a cross from Marcel Lavinier a couple of minutes later. The confident Dermi Lusala did well to clear another hopeful Chelsea cross, this time from Thierno Ballo a couple of moments later. However, it was the wonder boys of Hotspur Way who managed to make the early breakthrough after Troy Parrott gave Spurs the lead after just 16 minutes of play. A long pass from Chelsea goalkeeper Jake Askew fell to Spurs midfielder Jamie Bowden some 30 yards out from goal. Bowden managed to knock the ball down to Markanday who slipped the ball into the feet of Parrott down the left hand side of the Chelsea box. The ice cool Irishman brought the ball forward before sorting his feet out nicely, and calmly slotting the ball between the legs of Jake Askew who had tried to close down his angles, and into the back of the net, 1-0.

Shortly after the restart Jonathan De Bie managed to comfortably gather a cross from Marcel Lavinier. After meeting Jon Russell’s corner on the edge of the Spurs box, Thierno Ballo sent a looping effort over Jonathan De Bie’s crossbar. Then, a couple of minutes later Sam McClelland nodded a corner kick from Jon Russell narrowly wide of De Bie’s goal. Chelsea continued to test the Tottenham defence and after Armando Broja managed to slip the ball into Marcel Lavinier inside the Spurs box, our young lads found themselves in a spot of bother. However, an intelligent piece of defending from Spurs left back Maxwell Statham resulted in the 18 year old managing to get in front of Lavinier to cut out the attack and clear the ball, while the Chelsea players hopes of a penalty kick were waived away by the referee. Maurizio Pochettino had a cross into the Chelsea box headed away by Sam McClelland, as John McDermott’s side looked to double their advantage. A clever move saw Armando Shashoua play a quick one two with Parrott on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area, before the Spurs captain managed skilfully dance his way around three Chelsea defenders before entering the Chelsea box before trying to beat Askew with a low placed effort. However, the Chelsea goalkeeper managed to make a smart save with his feet to deny Shashoua from scoring his eight goal of the season. Jubril Okedina made an important interception on Thierno Ballo at the opposite end of the pitch to prevent the Austrian from having a clear route through to goal. After winning a free kick out on the left flank Phoenix Patterson’s resulting delivery was cleared behind for a corner kick by Sam McClelland. Patterson played a quick one two with Shashoua from the corner before slipping the ball into the feet of Markanday in the middle of the box, but the 17 year olds first time effort on goal was blocked by Marcel Lewis with what appeared to be his arm. This prompted a couple of Spurs players to go over to the referee in search of a penalty. Shortly afterwards, Troy Parrott managed to pick out Markanday in the middle of the Chelsea box with a clever lofted pass. However, Markanday’s headed effort on goal flashed narrowly wide of Jake Askew’s goal. 

The skilful and involved Dilan Markanday managed to turn his way around Chelsea’s Jon Russell before darting towards the Chelsea box where he was tugged to the ground by ‘ Blues ‘ captain Clinton Mola before being awarded a free kick. Phoenix Patterson curled his resulting effort over Jake Askew’s  crossbar. In a late attempt to draw level before halftime, Jon Russell sent an inviting ball into the Spurs box from a corner kick. The Chelsea midfielder managed to pick out McClelland, the Northern Irishman headed the ball back across De Bie’s goal before Marcel Lewis managed to meet it and force a fairly comfortable save out of the Spurs goalkeeper. At the other end of the pitch the impressive Jamie Bowden came close to setting Troy Parrott racing through on goal after taking a free kick early. Phoenix Patterson had an effort on goal blocked by McClelland on the edge of the Chelsea box, after receiving Dilan Markanday’s pass. That turned out to be the final piece of action from an eventful first half. Chelsea got the second half underway but it was Spurs who managed to create the first chance of the second half. After Parrott managed to meet Maurizio Pochettino’s pass inside the Chelsea box, the Irishman could only prod the ball well wide of Jake Askew’s goal. Spurs continued their good start to the second half and after schoolboy Dermi Lusala played the ball down the line to Pochettino on the right wing, the 18 year old sped towards the Chelsea penalty area. However, upon entering the box the second year scholar fired an effort wide of Jake Askew’s near post. Chelsea went on a promising attack at the opposite end of the pitch a couple of minutes later. After Marcel Lavinier received Marcel Lewis’ pass on the right flank Lewis tried to test De Bie from the edge of the Spurs penalty area. However, his effort was blocked by Statham before the ball came to Thierno Ballo whose resulting effort was blocked by Lyons-Foster, and then Chelsea captain Clinton Mola curled an effort wide of De Bie’s goal. Shortly afterwards the ever impressive Jamie Bowden picked the ball up some 20 yards out from the the Chelsea goal before forcing a decent save out of Jake Askew from his powerful low effort on goal.

Despite Chelsea seeing more of the ball, Spurs were in control of the game however, McDermott’s side knew that they needed to get that all important second goal. After embarking on an excellent mazy forward run through the middle of the pitch, the skilful Dilan Markanday ended up slipping the ball into the feet of Parrott who had made a run down the left side of the Chelsea penalty area. The Dubliner managed to successfully hold off Chelsea defender Sam McClelland before curling the ball against the base of Jake Askew’s left hand post. Parrott’s placed effort then came back across goal off of the post, much to his disbelief. The former Belvedere FC schoolboy continued to be a thorn in Chelsea’s side. And after managing to latch onto Dilan Markanday’s slightly over hit pass down the left side of the Chelsea box once more. Parrott spun himself around inside of the box before curling the ball onto the top of Jake Askew’s crossbar before it went behind for a goal kick. John McDermott’s side had been knocking the ball around the pitch really well during the second half as they pushed for their second goal of the game. After Dilan Markanday had managed to win a free kick right on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area the confident Troy Parrott stood up to take it. The 17 year old looked so assured as he steadied himself, before curling a glorious effort up and over the Chelsea wall and into the top right hand corner of the goal, as Chelsea goalkeeper Jake Askew stood rooted to the spot, 2-0. As expected Chelsea started to come at our defence more following our second goal of the game. After Dilan Markanday had fouled Marcel Lewis right on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, Jon Russell tried to beat De Bie from the resulting free kick. The Belgian could only parry Russell’s curling effort. The ball then came to McClelland whose headed effort was cleared on the line by Jubril Okedina. Shortly afterwards Brooklyn Lyons-Foster did well to block a powerful effort from Thierno Ballo on the edge of the Spurs box, before Pierre Ekwah fired an effort narrowly wide of De Bie’s goal after connecting with Jon Russell’s corner kick on the edge of the Spurs box, before Statham managed to block a shot from Marcel Lavinier inside the Spurs box. 

Spurs made their first change of the game on 70 minutes after Rayan Clarke came onto replace Jamie Bowden. Dermi Lusala did well to clear a dangerous cross from Jon Russell, before Maurizio Pochettino was replaced by Chay Cooper who went out onto the left flank. A sloppy pass from Spurs goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie gave Chelsea’s Marcel Lewis a brief view of goal however, his chipped effort on goal from 25 yards out, flew harmlessly over the Belgians crossbar. The ‘ Blues ‘ continued to up their tempo and after Chelsea captain Clinton Mola went on a driving forward run through the middle of the pitch, the central defender curled a low effort narrowly wide of De Bie’s right hand post. Then in the 80th minute of the game the referee made a very big call after he sent of Spurs schoolboy Dermi Lusala on his competitive debut for our under 18’s. After latching onto Marcel Lewis’ pass Thierno Ballo surged forward towards the edge of Tottenham penalty area where he was through on goal. However, the player nearest to him (Dermi Lusala) managed to get across his man and he eventually brought him to the ground. The referee deemed this to be a red card offence and so he showed a surprised looking Lusala a very harsh straight card. It was harsh because Spurs captain Armando Shashoua would have been able to get back across Ballo once he had got into the penalty area. Clinton Mola curled the resulting free kick narrowly over Jonathan De Bie’s crossbar. The ten men of Spurs had to deal with an increasingly threatening Chelsea attack during the final moments of the game. After latching onto Marcel Lavinier’s cross inside the Spurs box, Clinton Mola poked an effort wide of De Bie’s goal on the turn, before the alert Lyons-Foster did well to head Sam McClelland’s cross away from the danger zone. A free kick from Chelsea‘s Marcel Lewis managed to find its way to Clinton Mola on the edge of the Spurs box after De Bie had come out to punch it clear. Mola’s resulting effort deflected off of Parrott before being nodded towards goal by Ballo, but De Bie was able to make a comfortable save and he was able to hold the Austrians effort. 

Chelsea continued to pile the pressure on the Tottenham defence and after Jubril Okedina had cleared a cross from Marcel Lavinier, the ‘ Blues ‘ protested in vain that Okedina had handled the ball inside the Spurs box. Elliot Thorpe came onto replace Phoenix Patterson in the 89th minute of the game as John McDermott made his final substitution of the game. Chelsea did have one final chance to pull a goal back after Jon Russell’s stoppage time corner kick came to Ballo at the back post. He then headed the ball back across goal to substitute George Nunn whose looping header on goal was spectacularly tipped over the bar by the acrobatic Jonathan De Bie. Clinton Mola then sent a late dipping effort sailing over De Bie’s crossbar a couple of moments later, before the referee blew the final whistle. It was an excellent team performance from John McDermott’s side on Wednesday afternoon who go into their final league game of the season against Leicester City, on Saturday the 27th Of April with a good chance of winning the Premier League South. Providing that Arsenal fail to beat Fulham on the same day!

Player reviews:

  • Jonathan De Bie: The overage goalkeeper kept his second clean sheet of the season for our under 18’s on Wednesday. De Bie had a good game for John McDermott’s side and he made some important stops (five in total) and his all round game E.g his distribution, handling and anticipation was impressive. De Bie’s finest save was his one to deny George Nunn’s looping header from going in, in second half stoppage time.
  • Dermi Lusala: Although he was harshly shown a straight red card in the 80th minute of Wednesday’s game, I was very impressed with how schoolboy Dermi Lusala performed at right back, on his first ever competitive appearance for our under 18 side. Lusala who is an England under 16 international, grew into the game and after putting in a solid performance at right back during the first half he really grew in confidence during the second period. The former Brentford schoolboy went on some good attacking forays down the right flank, and his speed as well as his balance made him quite difficult to defend against. Lusala looked very comfortable on the ball and he also made some important interceptions against Chelsea’s left wing back James Clark who he defended solidly against, for the entirety of his time on the pitch.
  • Jubril Okedina: The second year scholar was absolutely outstanding at RCB against Chelsea just like his partner at centre halve, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Okedina was so, so impressive on Wednesday afternoon where he made a number of crucial defensive interventions. The Greenwich born defender put in arguably his finest performance of the season for Spurs yesterday, when he made his 20th appearance of the season for our under 18 side. Okedina read the game exceptionally well and his positioning as well as his intelligent off the ball work made life very difficult for Chelsea striker Armando Broja who he effectively kept out of the game. Furthermore, the 18 year old was so cool on the ball and he brought it out well from the back.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Another Tottenham defender who put in a faultless shift at centre back was RCB Brooklyn Lyons-Foster who always managed to get himself into the perfect position across the back four. Lyons-Foster made a number of impressive blocks, clearances and interceptions against the ‘ Blues ‘ and he was dominant in the air. The 18 year olds distribution and positive forward passing from the back really helped McDermott’s side to play quicker football. Both Lyons-Foster and Okedina managed to quell the threat of Chelsea centre forward Armando Broja.
  • Maxwell Statham: Once again the makeshift left back looked right at home out on the left wing. Statham defended really well against Chelsea’s speedy wing back Marcel Lavinier and I thought that Statham made some very intelligent defensive choices throughout the match. Maxwell played with a lot of confidence about him and he made more blocks than any other Spurs player on the day.
  • Armando Shashoua: The Tottenham skipper put in a sterling performance in central midfield alongside Jamie Bowden. Shashoua’s tremendous technical ability, vision, skill and tireless running and defensive work proved to be so key to Spurs winning Wednesday’s game. Shashoua combined both his defensive duties and his offensive duties very well. Excellent at breaking up play and recycling possession alongside Bowden, the 18 year olds skill and agility helped to open up the Chelsea back three and he showed a really good understanding of the game with centre forward Troy Parrott. Shashoua created some good chances for Spurs and he came close to finding the back of the net after he danced his way around three Chelsea defenders on the edge of the Spurs box before forcing a good save out of Jake Askew during the first half.
  • Jamie Bowden: He may not have played a game of football for over ten weeks, but 17 year old Jamie Bowden looked frighteningly good when he returned from injury yesterday to partner Shashoua in central midfield. Bowden put in a very elegant but highly effective performance, and his sharpness and anticipation was superb. The Irish Londoners passing was deftly accurate and his positioning and off the ball movement was as good as ever. His presence in the team had such a big effect on the way in which we played. Bowden was tigerish and he managed to break up play well while also making defence splitting forward passes. It was so good to see him back playing again and I really liked how he played with such confidence yesterday afternoon.
  • Maurizio Pochettino: It was another good performance from Pochettino out on the right flank, and he went some good attacking forays down that side of the pitch. Furthermore, Pochettino tracked back well to help out the inexperienced Dermi Lusala at right back.
  • Dilan Markanday: The 17 year olds rich vein of form continued when we made the short trip Cobham on Wednesday afternoon. Operating as a number ten, Markanday was able to penetrate the Chelsea defence with his surging forward runs and excellent close ball control. After managing to set up Troy Parrott’s opener with a well weighted pass, Dilan then managed to win the second half free kick from which Parrott scored his second goal of the game.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The second year scholar operated out on the left wing where he put in an impressive performance. Skilful and very positive with the ball at his feet, Patterson created some good chances for his teammates.
  • Troy Parrott: My motm, see below.
  • Rayan Clarke: The winger was forced to track after him following Lusala’s sending off and I was impressed with some of his late defending.
  • Chay Cooper: The left winger stayed deep and he did some good defensive working during his late cameo
  • Elliot Thorpe: N/A (too brief a cameo).

My man of the match: 17 year old Dubliner Troy Parrott capped off an outstanding performance on Wednesday afternoon by scoring both of Spurs’ goals. Parrott was unplayable on the day and it was a performance in which a certain Harry Kane would have been very proud of. The hardworking centre forward led the line superbly for John McDermott’s side. Parrott held the ball up very well and he linked up play well with the likes of Markanday and Pochettino. However, the first year scholar played with great freedom and from a defensive point of view he was constantly getting back inside his own half to help out the Tottenham defence. Parrott was creative and he made some really intelligent passes against the ‘ Blues ‘ but it was his two goals which will get all of the plaudits. His first goal was an excellent and composed finish to tuck the ball past Jake Askew from inside the Chelsea box, whereas his second came from pure technique to curl home a free kick from the edge of the danger zone. Troy also hit the woodwork on two separate occasions and he was very unselfish with the ball. The well roundedness of Parrott’s performance makes me think that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have him on the bench on Saturday, for our first teams Premier League game against Huddersfield at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium! Troy has now scored 15 goals for our under 18 side this season from just 12 appearances.

Spurs: De Bie, Lusala, Statham, A.Shashoua (c), Okedina, Lyons-Foster, Pochettino (Cooper 76), Bowden (Clarke 70), Parrott, Markanday, Patterson (Thorpe 89). Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Pedder.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Troy Parrott – 15

Dilan Markanday – 12

J’Neil Bennett –  9

Rayan Clarke – 8

Armando Shashoua – 7

Harvey White – 6

Rodel Richards – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Luis Binks – 3

Maurizio Pochettino – 3

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Jeremie Mukendi – 2

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Phoenix Patterson – 2

Kion Etete – 2

Jubril Okedina – 1

Tarrell Whittaker – 1

Elliot Thorpe – 1

Assists: Harvey White – 12

Armando Shashoua – 12

Rayan Clarke – 8

Troy Parrott – 6

Dilan Markanday – 6

Jamie Bowden – 5

Phoenix Patterson – 4

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Rodel Richards – 3

Chay Cooper – 3

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Paris Maghoma – 2

Luis Binks – 2

Elliot Thorpe – 2

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Malachi Walcott – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Maxwell Statham – 1

Jeremie Mukendi – 1

Nile John – 1

Kion Etete – 1

Tarrell Whittaker – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 7

Jonathan De Bie – 2

Spurs under 18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Chelsea: (match preview)

A61098EF-00BE-44DB-863A-254A90BE8C01

Once regarded as our old nemesis at under 18 level, Chelsea’s domestic dominance over the last five or so years has come to somewhat of a halt this season. Andy Myers side exited the FA Youth Cup in the third round and they have been unable to mount a meaningful title challenge in the Premeir League South since the 2018/19 season began last August. The ‘ Blues ‘ sit behind us in the league after picking up 38 points from 19 games. A number of Chelsea’s most talented second year scholars have been playing up for the development side or even the first team. And the absence of Daishawn Redan and Billy Gilmour has been sorely felt. Still in with a chance of winning the Premier League South after John McDermott’s side recorded a 3-2 away win against Aston Villa at the weekend, Wednesday’s London Derby with Chelsea at their Cobham training centre is another must win game for the wonder boys of Hotspur Way. This game comes at quite a good time for McDermott’s side as Chelsea are currently on a bad run. Having won only one of their last five league matches, the ‘ Blues ‘ have suffered defeats to both Arsenal and Brighton, and for Andy Myers side the only thing which is left to play for this season is pride. Still an incredibley difficult venue to get a result at, our under 18’s became the first side in over three years to beat Chelsea at Cobham when they defeated them 3-0 in this fixture last season. An excellent performance from Spurs saw them beat Chelsea 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in September however, it was from easy for the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ and they really had their work cut out that day. Some Chelsea players to keep an eye on, on Wednesday afternoon are their top scorer this campaign Thierno Ballo, forward and Ireland under 19 international George Nunn, speedy wide man and former Spurs schoolboy Armando Broja and steady Northern Irish fullback Sam McClelland. McDermott’s side will once again be without a whole host of players to injury and with the likes of captain Armando Shashoua and Rodel Richards unlikely to feature it means that McDermott will have to shuffle the squad around, just like he did against Aston Villa last Saturday. The return of first year scholar Troy Parrott will massively bolster Spurs’ chances of winning their final away game of the season. I would like to wish the Spurs lads all the very best of luck for Wednesday’s game and I am feeling confident that we will get all three points.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Okedina, Walcott, Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, Thorpe, A.Shashoua (c), Markanday, Patterson, Cooper, Parrott.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Statham, Bowden, Pochettino, Clarke.

Injured/unavailable: Jeremie Mukendi, Maximus Tainio, Enoch Asante, Rodel Richards, Luis Binks.

Doubtful: Armando Shashoua.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: The ‘ Blues ‘ top scorer this season is Austrian Thierno Ballo who has netted nine goals for Chelsea’s under 18 side. Ballo operates primarily as a CAM and the first year scholar is a player who manages to get himself into good goal scoring positions, and he is also a clinical finisher.

Spurs under 23’s 0-3 Blackburn Rovers: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-3 Blackburn Rovers: (match report)

0FEBFCA3-17FC-42B8-96ED-20A5982DE68B.jpeg

Our under 23’s returned to PL2 action on Monday evening when they hosted Blackburn Rovers at the Lamex Stadium, in a game which had been dubbed as a relegation six pointer. Wayne Burnett’s side simply didn’t turn up for Monday’s big game and to be quite truthful the ‘ Rovers ‘ out played them. Spurs were too slow on the ball and the team seemed quite disjointed from very early on in the game. The opposition were considerably more energetic than us and they played some good attacking football. Whereas for us, all of our huff and puff counted for very little in the end. Spurs were unable to pose much of a threat going forward and they were unable to create sufficient chances for the false nine Jack Roles to put away. Damien Johnson’s Blackburn side minus their three most important players started the game positively. After just three minutes of the game the Lancashire club took the lead through Jack Vale after the striker managed to nod home Stefan Mols’ cross from inside the Tottenham penalty area. Following on from their opener Blackburn began to grow in confidence and their incisive attacking football was causing the Spurs defence huge problems during the opening stages of the game. Things got worse for Burnett’s side after first year scholar Harvey White gave away a penalty on 13 minutes. Daniel Butterworth was able to convert the following spot kick to double the ‘ Rovers ‘ advantage. Although Spurs did manages to create some half decent chances, Blackburn came close on numerous occasions to extending their lead during the first half. Although Burnett did alter the formation on a couple of occasions throughout the game Spurs didn’t make any changes for the beginning of the second half. Despite Spurs’ best efforts they were simply unable to work their way past what was a very well structured Blackburn defence and for the majority of the second half our attacking players were ineffective. The late introduction of centre forward Troy Parrott did have a positive impact on Spurs’ game and the Dubliner came close to finding the back of the net on two separate occasions however, it wasn’t enough.

Blackburn sealed the victory seven minutes before the end thanks to a lovely curling strike from the highly rated Joseph Rankin-Costello. It was a very flat performance from our under 23’s on Monday evening, and they allowed the visitors to play their own brand of football to great effect. 11th placed Spurs have two remaining PL2 games starting with a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City next Monday. However, Burnett’s struggling side are going to have to return to winning ways if they want to avoid being relegated to division two. Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation on Monday evening. Brandon Austin started in goal while a back four of Tariq Hinds, Jonathan Dinzeyi, captain George Marsh and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in central midfield while Paris Maghoma played in the hole either side of wingers Shilow Tracey and J’Neil Bennett. 20 year old Cyprus under 21 international Jack Roles led the line for Burnett’s side as Parrott was unable to start the game following his recent return from a toe injury. Spurs got the game underway at the Lamex Stadium and they started the first two or so minutes of the game relatively brightly. After Tariq Hinds passed the ball to Oakley-Boothe inside the Blackburn penalty area the 19 year old spun around before attempting to pass the ball to Roles in the middle of the box, but the ball was cut out by Blackburn’s Jacob Davenport. Paris Maghoma had an effort on goal blocked by the same player a couple of moments later, on the edge of the Blackburn penalty area. Although Spurs had started the game relatively well they were about to get a shock in the third minute of time, after the visitors took a surprise lead. After Joseph Rankin-Costello had passed the ball to Stefan Mols out on the right flank, the Spaniard attempted to pick out Jack Vale inside the Tottenham penalty area with a first time cross. Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin chose not to come out and punch the ball clear and Vale was able to get in between both Marsh and Dinzeyi before nodding the ball past Austin from close range, and into the the back of the net, 0-1.

Austin tried his best to motivate the Spurs players in the aftermath of Jack Vale’s goal. Following their opener the ‘ Rovers ‘ started to attack the Tottenham defence with more confidence, and after Mols passed the ball to Rankin-Costello down the right side of the Spurs penalty area we looked as if we were going to concede a second. However, J’Neil Bennett had tracked back well after him to block Rankin-Costello’s attempted pass towards Vale in the centre of the box, behind for a corner kick. Jacob Davenport’s resulting corner kick was whipped dangerously into the box and it ended up striking Tariq Hinds at the near post, before it went behind for another corner. Davenport’s resulting corner was cleared away from danger by George Marsh. Paris Maghoma was on hand to clear yet another corner kick from Davenport a couple of minutes later, as Burnett’s side struggled to get out of their own half. The ‘ Rovers ‘ continued to threaten the Spurs defence and after Charley Doyle managed to send a lofted pass over Marsh to set Jack Vale through on goal, Spurs found themselves in real trouble. Vale managed to latch onto Doyle’s pass before surging forward towards the edge of the Spurs box where he attempted to beat Austin who had come rushing off his line, with a powerful low effort. However, the Spurs goalkeeper managed to make a smart stop with his feet to prevent Blackburn from doubling their lead. Burnett’s struggling side were dealt a further blow after young Harvey White gave away a penalty a couple of minutes later. After Daniel Butterworth received Rankin-Costello’s pass in the middle of the Tottenham penalty area, Harvey White made a reactionary sliding challenge on the Blackburn man. The Tottenham midfielder completely missed the ball and he ended up taking Butterworth out right in front of the referee David Rock, who pointed straight to the spot. Daniel Butterworth stood up to take the resulting spot kick and he made no mistake from seven yards out. Butterworth clinically fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to beat Austin who had dived the right way, 0-2. Shortly after the restart Harvey White managed to win a free kick out on the right flank however, his resulting delivery was cleared by Tyler Magloire and the ball came to Oakley-Boothe down the right side of the Blackburn box. The Spurs midfielder saw his resulting effort blocked by the sliding Hayden Carter. 

After Harvey White had shifted the ball out to J’Neil Bennett on the left wing the 17 year old pumped the ball into the Blackburn box where it was cleared by Carter.  Spurs tried hard to respond and after Maghoma had won a free kick in a promising position, Harvey White elected to take it. However, his delivery into the danger zone was gathered comfortably by Blackburn goalkeeper Charlie Albinson. Spurs captain George Marsh did well to clear Lewis Thompson’s teasing low cross at the opposite end of the pitch, before Harvey White did well to block a shot from Daniel Butterworth on the edge of the Spurs box, as Blackburn continued to play fast attacking football. Jonathan Dinzeyi did well to clear a dangerous low cross from Joseph Rankin-Costello before Spurs managed to test the Blackburn goalkeeper for the first time in the game. A good move resulted in Roles passing the ball to Maghoma who gave the ball to Cirkin down the left flank. The Spurs left back brought the ball forward before stinging the palms of Blackburn goalkeeper Charlie Albinson with a fizzing effort from the edge of the Blackburn penalty area. Cirkin’s shot was too hot to handle and Albinson could only tip the ball behind for a corner kick. Jonathan Dinzeyi came close to scoring from the resulting corner kick after he arrowed a header narrowly over Albinson’s crossbar, after meeting Harvey White’s delivery. Damien Johnson’s Blackburn side should have extended their lead after the unmarked Jack Vale was able to meet Joseph Rankin-Costello’s cross from the right flank inside the Tottenham penalty area. However, the ‘ Rovers ‘ striker ended up heading the ball into the ground, and it bounced narrowly over Brandon Austin’s crossbar. After giving the ball to Daniel Butterworth on the edge of Spurs penalty area shortly afterwards, defender Jonathan Dinzeyi managed to make an important recovery challenge before Butterworth was able to test Austin. A couple of minutes later a powerful low drive from Jacob Davenport deflected off of George Marsh before going narrowly wide of Brandon Austin’s goal. 

The Tottenham goalkeeper Brandon Austin did well to punch a free kick from John Buckley away from danger shortly after Tashan Oakley-Boothe had conceded a free kick out on the left flank. Wayne Burnett had instructed J’Neil Bennett and Shilow Tracey to switch flanks while Harvey White had dropped back to partner Dinzeyi in central defence as Marsh came into central midfield. The alert Dennis Cirkin did well to clear a menacing cross from Joseph Rankin-Costello a couple of moments before Harvey White managed to clear Daniel Butterworth’s cross. The referee David Rock blew for halftime a couple of minutes later to bring an end to a hugely disappointing half from Wayne Burnett’s sides perspective. The ‘ Rovers ‘ got the second half underway and after Buckley managed to slip Jack Vale through on goal early on in the half Spurs thought they were in real trouble. And even though the linesman on the near side had raised his flag for offside Brandon Austin wasn’t aware and he made a really good save with his legs to keep out Vale’s powerful low effort. Jack Roles had a penalty shout waived away by David Rock after ‘ Rovers ‘ John Buckley had made a strong challenge on him inside the Blackburn penalty area. Blackburn came close to extending their lead at the other end of the pitch after Dennis Cirkin’s clearance from Lewis Thompson’s cross came to Daniel Butterworth on the edge of the Spurs box. Butterworth’s resulting effort on goal deflected off of Jonathan Dinzeyi before hitting Brandon Austin’s crossbar, and eventually being cleared away by Harvey White. A promising attacking foray from Dennis Cirkin down the left flank ended in him being completely taken out by Blackburn’s John Buckley who was never going to catch him. Jonathan Dinzeyi had a volleyed effort on goal blocked by Hayden Carter, a couple of moments before J’Neil Bennett whipped a dangerous ball across the face of Charlie Albinson’s goal. After picking up Lewis Thompson’s pass on the left flank Jacob Davenport whipped an inviting cross into the Spurs box where he managed to pick out Jack Vale whose headed effort on goal was headed behind for a corner by Harvey White who was standing on the goal line. 

Daniel Butterworth’s resulting corner kick was met by Hayden Carter who headed the ball straight into the arms of the grateful Brandon Austin. Jack Roles was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Charley Doyle a couple of minutes later as Burnett’s side continued to struggle to keep up with the pace of the visitors. A good surging run through the middle of the pitch from Daniel Butterworth ended in him forcing a decent save out of Brandon Austin from his powerful low effort from long range. George Marsh did well to block a shot from George Marsh inside the Spurs box shortly afterwards before managing to clear the ball away from the danger zone and behind for a corner kick. Tyler Magloire headed John Buckley’s resulting corner to Jacob Davenport on the flank. The former Manchester City player continued forward down the flank before passing the ball to Stefan Mols inside the penalty area. However, Harvey White did well to slide in front of the Blackburn winger before putting the ball behind for a corner. Wayne Burnett a double substitution after he brought off both Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Shilow Tracey and Dilan Markanday and Troy Parrott. A couple of minutes later our best player Dennis Cirkin was replaced by Brooklyn Lyons Foster who went to centre back, while White filled in for Cirkin at left back. Soon after coming on Troy Parrott nodded a corner kick from Harvey White a fraction wide of Charlie Albinson’s goal. Then in the 83rd minute of the game Damien Johnson’s side put the game to bed after Joseph Rankin-Costello made it 3-0 the visitors. After Jacob Davenport had passed the ball to Rankin-Costello on the right flank the skilful Blackburn winger came inside onto his left foot, before curling a lovely effort across the helpless Brandon Austin and into the far left hand corner of the goal from the edge of the Spurs box, 0-3. Spurs launched a hopeful late attack after Brooklyn Lyons-Foster played the ball down the left flank to J’Neil Bennett who slipped the ball through to Parrott on the edge of the Blackburn box. However, the Dubliner’s powerful low side footed effort was well saved by Charlie Albinson, who managed to hold onto the ball. John Buckley blazed an ambitious effort wide of Brandon Austin’s goal at the other end of the pitch, in what turned out to be the final piece of action of the game.

This was a very disappointing performance from Spurs who allowed Blackburn to dominate the game from start to finish. Not only were Burnett’s side quite poor defensively, they also offered virtually nothing going forward. Spurs are now in serious danger of being relegated to division two unless they can beat Swansea City next Monday evening at the Liberty Stadium in what is now a must win game for Wayne Burnett’s young side. 

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: I thought that the Spurs goalkeeper had a good game for us on Monday evening. Austin had a solid game and he made three saves including an excellent one to deny ‘ Rovers ‘ centre forward from a one on one early on in the game. Austin also dealt authoritatively with crosses and set pieces.
  • Tariq Hinds: The right back put in a decent performance for Wayne Burnett’s side on Monday, particularly from a defensive point of view. Hinds stayed deep throughout the match and he defended reasonably well against Blackburn winger Stefan Mols.
  • Jonathan Dinzeyi: The 19 year old operated at RCB and I personally felt that he put in quite a strong performance for our under 23’s yesterday. Although his passing was somewhat sloppy on occasions, Dinzeyi was good in the air and he made some good recovery challenges, and blocks and interceptions. 
  • George Marsh: The Spurs captain started the game at LCB although he would later slot into central midfield. It was by no means the 20 year olds best game and he did struggle to keep up with the pace of the Blackburn players despite all his very best efforts and hard work. 
  • Dennis Cirkin: My motm, see below.
  • Harvey White: I thought that the first year scholar was one of Wayne Burnett’s sides best players on the day. White would start the game in central midfield before going onto play in central defence, and later at left back. Wherever the 17 year old played he was able to look competent and solid. Furthermore, the Maidstone born midfielders all round game and versatility impressed me on the day. Apart from giving away an early penalty White made numerous important defensive interventions and his passing was also very good.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The 19 year old was never really able to impose himself on Monday’s game despite his best efforts. Operating in his favoured position of central midfield Oakley-Boothe did impress me with his passing and his movement however, he just wasn’t able to influence the game in the way in which he would have liked to. 
  • Shilow Tracey: The 20 year old completed 72 minutes of Monday’s PL2 game. Although he started the game on the right wing Tracey would later switch flanks with J’Neil Bennett. The former Ebbsfleet United man was unable to trouble ‘ Rovers ‘ on the night although he did do some excellent defensive work. 
  • Paris Maghoma: It was a frustrating night for Maghoma (17) who often found himself isolated playing as a CAM. The second year scholar battled hard to try and make an impression on the game however, the well structured Blackburn defence managed to quell the threat of the hardworking Tottenham midfielder, but he did give a good account of himself.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The first year scholar completed the entirety of last nights match but he would divide his time playing on both the left and right flank. Hardworking and willing to make positive runs down the channels, the 17 year old tracked back excellently after himself on the night and offensively  I thought that he did quite a good job.
  • Jack Roles: Operating once again as a false nine the 20 year old led the line for Burnett’s side against Blackburn. However, Roles was unable to impact the game even after he dropped deeper following the second half introduction of Troy Parrott. 
  • Troy Parrott: It was a positive cameo from the Dubliner who came close to finding the back of the net on two separate occasions. Parrott’s movement was sharp and he made some good runs through the middle of the park.
  • Dilan Markanday: The 17 year old worked hard to make an impact on the game down the right flank, after replacing Shilow Tracey in the 72nd minute of the game.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: It was a solid albeit brief cameo at LCB from the 18 year old. 

My man of the match: Left back Dennis Cirkin (17) was without question our under 23’s best player on Monday night. The Dubliner who had only just returned from a short spell on the sidelines, put in a very strong performance at left back and he defended really well against Blackburn’s skilful right winger Joseph Rankin-Costello who he managed to deal with efficiently during his 76 minutes on the pitch. Cirkin was commanding and his strength and aggression helped him to assert himself on the game. The first year scholar made some good strong challenges, and apart from putting in a good defensive shift, the attacking fullback was also very good going forwards. Cirkin played with his head up and he was constantly looking to drive at Blackburn’s right back Charley Doyle who he often managed to get the better of for both pace and skill. Cirkin also came close to finding the back of the net after he tested Blackburn goalkeeper Charlie Albinson with a fizzing effort shortly before halftime. It was a very well rounded performance from the attacking left back.

Spurs: Austin, Hinds, Cirkin (Lyons-Foster 76), White, Dinzeyi, Marsh (c), Tracey (Parrott 72), Oakley-Boothe (Markanday 72), Roles, Maghoma, Bennett.

Substitutes (not used) De Bie, Duncan.

Blackburn Rovers: Albinson, Doyle, Thompson, Davenport, Magloire (c, Annesley 90+1), Carter, Rankin-Costello (Pike 90+2), Buckley, Vale, Butterworth (Whitehall 86), Mols. Substitutes (not used): Eastham, Saadi.

Goals: Blackburn – Vale 3, Butterworth 14 (pen), Rankin-Costello 83.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Roles 63; Blackburn – Butterworth 16, Magloire 53, Buckley 64, Doyle 69.

Referee: David Rock.

Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

Attendance: 476.

Spurs under 21/23’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Jack Roles – 10

Shayon Harrison – 5

Kazaiah Sterling – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Jaden Brown – 2

Vincent Janssen – 2

Samuel Shashoua – 1

Marcus Edwards – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Harvey White – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Assists: Jack Roles – 6

Kazaiah Sterling – 3

Vincent Janssen – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

Jaden Brown – 2

Tariq Hinds – 2

Troy Parrott – 1

Shayon Harrison – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Jamie Bowden – 1

George Marsh – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 2

Alfie Whiteman – 1

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against UB Conquense:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against UB Conquense:

C41BAC2F-14A0-4EBB-AD30-7DBABCECD701

Spurs youngster and Cyprus international Anthony Georgiou (22) played 72 minutes of Spanish club Atlético Levante’s 1-1 draw with UB Conquense earlier today. Georgiou made his seventh competitive appearance of the season for the Spanish Segunda Division B Group III side, and the Lewisham born winger put in another very positive performance for the ‘ Granotas ‘ at the Ciudad Deportiva De Buñol. Anthony started Sunday mornings game out on the left wing as Luis Tevenet’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Georgiou started the game well and after pouncing on a loose ball out on the left flank the speedy winger sprinted past a Conquense player before then knocking the ball past Márquez and continuing towards the penalty area where he was intercepted by Maxi. A couple of minutes later Anthony played a corner kick short to Quintana who then passed the ball to Fran Manzanara inside the box however, the Levante defender fired an effort wide of the Conquense goal. Young Anthony continued to be involved in the game during the early stages and after he had a whipped cross into the Conquense penalty area cleared by a defender, Georgiou continued to be menacing out on the left flank. After USA international Shaq Moore delivered a low cross into the danger zone from the right wing he almost managed to pick out Georgiou who had made a good run towards the back post. However, a Conquense defender was on hand once again to get the ball clear, then a couple of moments later Anthony latched onto Rulo’s pass out wide before advancing forward and clipping the ball into the danger zone but the ball was eventually cleared. Around five minutes later Anthony delivered another good corner kick into the box, but it was headed narrowly over the crossbar by Levante centre forward Juan Delgado. After Manzarana picked out Georgiou on the left flank, the Cyprus international did well to control the ball before pumping it into the danger zone where it was gathered by Conquense goalkeeper Marqueta. The visitors took a slightly surprising lead in the 36th minute of the game through Maxi after the centre half managed to head home from Lozano’s free kick.

The ‘ Granotas ‘ pushed for an equaliser and the positive running of Anthony Georgiou was helping Luis Tevenet’s side out. A low cross from Shaq Moore managed to find its way to Georgiou inside the Conquense penalty area. He attempted to get around Márquez before having his resulting effort on goal blocked by Miros who managed to get in front of him in time. Anthony’s resulting corner kick was headed away by the same player. After receiving Benktib’s pass down the left side of the oppositions penalty area Georgiou was in a lot of space but the pass which he received had far too much pace on it for him to control it. Anthony put his head in his hands as he knew that if the pass had been better then he probably would have scored. The Lewisham born winger continued to be one of Levante’s most influential attacking players. After being given the ball by Benktib on the left flank Georgiou managed to jink past Conquense defender Márquez before sending a low cross into the penalty area. He had managed to pick out Delgado but the Levante striker could only flick the ball across goal. Anthony’s final involvement of the half came from a corner kick which he whipped into the danger zone however, it was cleared by a Conquense defender at the near post. Although the Spurs loanee wasn’t as involved in the game during the second half he still managed to have a positive impact on the match. After doing well to keep Rulo’s long pass in play, Georgiou whipped a hopeful ball into the Conquense penalty area but it was cleared behind for a corner kick by Miros. The resulting corner kick was played short to Georgiou and the Spurs man whipped another good ball into the box where he managed to pick out Delgado, who glanced a header just wide of the mark. Levante managed to find an equaliser a couple of minutes later after Shaq Moore fired an unstoppable effort past Marqueta on the half volley from the edge of the Conquense penalty area. Anthony was left unhappy after his teammate Cantero decided to have a shot on goal, despite the fact that Georgiou had managed to find a good pocket of space for himself inside the opponents penalty area shortly afterwards.

The Cyprus international turned playmaker after he managed to slip an intelligent pass through to substitute Joel down the left flank. Joel surged forwards before stopping on the edge of the penalty area and curling the ball over Marqueta’s crossbar. Anthony played the next five or so minutes of the game out on the right flank before he was brought off in the 72nd minute of the game for Joan. Once again the young Spurs winger managed to give another positive account of himself in a game in which the home side never really turned up for. Georgiou saw plenty of the ball out on the left flank and his well timed runs, dangerous whipped crosses, good tracking back and his willingness to take players on were just some of the many positives which the 22 year old can take away from today’s game. Anthony and Atlético Levante are in league action again next Sunday when they take on Barcelona B at the Mini Estadi.

Anthony Georgiou for Atlético Levante this season:

Appearances: 7

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Spurs under 23’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

D7D3EBB4-B48D-4D03-A3EC-5BDD2E5ABA78

It has been almost a month since our under 23’s last played a competitive game of football however, Wayne Burnett’s side will return to PL2 action on Monday evening when they host Blackburn Rovers at the Lamex stadium. This match is a relegation six pointer, with both sides still not completely safe of the drop going into the final three league games of the season. Damien Johnson’s Blackburn Rovers side sit above Spurs in the table in ninth place, but they are only above us because of goal difference. Last seasons Division Two champions have adapted reasonably well to life in the top flight of the PL2. Despite enduring a difficult start to the season the Lancashire club have done well to be in the position that they are at this stage of the season. The ‘ Rovers ‘ have a number of promising young players in their development side. Centre forward Joe Nuttall (22) is Blackburn’s top scorer in the PL2 this season with six goals, while another good offensive player in Johnson’s side is the versatile Daniel Butterworth. Another attacking player worth keeping an eye on tomorrow evening is Joe Rankin-Costello (19), primarily operating out on the wing the skilful Rankin-Costello has also filled in at right back on occasions this season. Another of Blackburn’s most highly rated youngsters is former Manchester City player Jacob Davenport who operates as a central defensive midfielder. After picking up some impressive victories over the likes of Liverpool and league leaders Everton this season, Damien Johnson’s well structured side have tended to perform better in big games. During the reverse fixture last September, Blackburn gave a strong Spurs side which included Luke Amos and Oliver Skipp a good game however, after being reduced to ten men early on in the game the home side began to crumble and Spurs took full control of the game. In the end Burnett’s side recorded an impressive 3-1 win. The young Lilywhites will be hoping that they can do the double over Blackburn when both of those teams meet tomorrow evening. After recording an impressive 2-1 away win against Leicester in their last game, Wayne Burnett’s side will be feeling confident going into their final three league games of this season. We are only three points off the relegation zone and it really is a must win game tomorrow for Burnett’s injury hit side tomorrow.

My in-depth match report of Monday’s match will be out on Tuesday night. I would like to wish Wayne Burnett’s side all the very best of luck for this important PL2 game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Hinds, Tanganga (c), Dinzeyi, Reynolds, Skipp, White, Oakley-Boothe, Maghoma, Tracey, Roles.

Subs from: De Bie, Lyons-Foster, Marsh, Duncan, Parrott.

Injured/unavailable: Luke Amos, Dennis Cirkin, Jamie Bowden, Maximus Tainio, Rodel Richards, Jeremie Mukendi, Enoch Asante.

Doubtful: TJ Eyoma, Armando Shashoua, J’Neil Bennett.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: ‘ Rovers ‘ forward Daniel Butterworth (19) has been in good goal scoring form for Blackburn’s development side this season and the versatile forward impressed me during the reverse fixture back in September. He is a player who the Spurs defence will have to monitor closely.

Spurs under 18’s 3-2 Aston Villa: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 3-2 Aston Villa: (match report)

1822B16C-7E16-42C5-8601-899E031734BE.jpeg

Our under 18’s took on Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon knowing that they had to respond from their devastating 3-2 league defeat to Arsenal the previous Tuesday. John McDermott’s side did exactly that when they took on the ‘ Villains ‘ at their Bodymoor Heath training ground. It was another good performance from what was a much changed Spurs side than the one which played against Arsenal last Tuesday. Bolstered by the return of centre forward Troy Parrott who had been out for over seven weeks with a toe injury, in Parrott McDermott’s side had a much needed focal point up top. And the Dubliner’s presence on the pitch allowed Spurs to play their passing game to its usual effect. This was arguably the biggest psychological test of the season for the young Spurs lads who, for the first time during this league campaign had to bounce back from a defeat. The wonder boys of Hotspur Way dominated possession on Saturday afternoon although it was a far from one side affair. Spurs were unquestionably the better team and they created considerably more chances then David Hughes’ Aston Villa side. However, the ‘ Villains ‘ physicality and directness made life difficult for the Spurs defence on occasions. It is fair to say that it was quite a scrappy game of football. After starting the game well title challengers Spurs took the lead with less then six minutes on the clock. A well worked and incisive move ended with Elliot Thorpe picking out Troy Parrott in the middle of the Aston Villa penalty area, after floating in a cross from the left flank. Parrott battled with Aston Villa defender Myles Sohna to get to the ball, and he did just about enough to get to it and prod it past the ‘ Villains ‘ goalkeeper Akos Onodi to give Spurs the lead. Following the opening goal of the game Spurs started to play with more zip about them. After creating a number of good goal scoring opportunities Spurs doubled their lead nine minutes before the break. After the influential Chay Cooper had won a penalty, Parrott stood up to cooly slot the ball past Onodi to get his and Spurs’ second goal of the game. David Hughes’ Aston Villa side started to take considerably more risks during the second half.

A slight error of judgement from Spurs goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi ended in the 18 year old giving away a penalty early on in the second half. Dutchman Colin Odutayo stood up to convert the resulting spot kick to get Aston Villa back into the game. However, less than six minutes later Spurs regained their two goal cushion courtesy of a smart finish from Maurizio Pochettino on the half volley. However, the ‘ Villains ‘ did fight back and Ben Guy managed to pull a goal back for the hosts. During the 23 remaining minutes of the game the home team piled the pressure on our back four. However, the likes of Jubril Okedina and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster held strong to help Spurs to record another important win to keep the pressure on league leaders Arsenal. Sadly the ‘ Gunners ‘ defeated Reading 8-0 on Saturday to maintain their four point lead at the top of the Premier League South. John McDermott’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation for Saturday’s league match in county Staffordshire. Joshua Oluwayemi retained his place in goal while a back four of Rayan Clarke, Jubril Okedina, captain Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Maxwell Statham lined up in front of him. Dilan Markanday and Phoenix Patterson partnered each other in central midfield due to the absence of both Harvey White and Armando Shashoua. Maurizio Pochettino and Chay Cooper operated out on the flanks either side of CAM Elliot Thorpe, while Troy Parrott returned to the side to lead the line for the first time since January. Aston Villa got the game underway and it was the home side who had the first real chance of the game. After Ben Guy had passed the ball to Michael Tait down the left wing, the second year scholar burst forward towards the edge of the Spurs penalty area, where he let fly on his left foot. Tait’s powerful effort took a big deflection off of Jubril Okedina before looping narrowly wide of Joshua Oluwayemi’s goal. Makeshift holding midfielder Phoenix Patterson conceded a free kick in a dangerous position shortly afterwards however, Tait’s resulting effort flew straight into the Tottenham wall. At the other end of the pitch, Aston Villa defender Myles Sohna did well to clear a cross from Maurizio Pochettino a couple of moments before McDermott’s side took the lead, right out of the blue.

After pouncing on a loose ball inside Aston Villa’s half the alert Elliot Thorpe managed to latch onto the ball before passing it to Parrott. The Dubliner gave the ball back to Thorpe as he bolted forward down the left flank. The Wales under 19 international waited until Parrott had got into the penalty area before floating in a low cross towards the Spurs striker. Parrott battled it out with ‘ Villains ‘ defender Myles Sohna and he managed to just do enough to get to the ball first, and knock it past Aston Villa goalkeeper Akos Onodi on the volley, after just six minutes on the clock, 1-0. A couple of minutes later the lively Chay Cooper was given the ball by Thorpe on the edge of the Aston Villa box. The skilful Cooper came inside onto his right foot before forcing a good save out of Onodi from his powerful curling effort. After sprinting down the left flank Aaron Pressley passed the ball to Jaden Philogene-Bidace on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area. However, the Aston Villa winger fired the ball over Joshua Oluwayemi’s crossbar on the half volley. There was a good tempo to the game and both sides were creating some decent early chances. Elliot Thorpe was on hand to flick a free kick from Jack Birch away from danger before Dilan Markanday managed to clear a teasing cross from Michael Tait, Myles Sohna then had an effort on goal blocked by Pochettino on the edge of the Spurs box. Joshua Oluwayemi did well to claim Philogene-Bidace’s hopeful ball into the Tottenham penalty area before Spurs broke forward down the opposite end of the pitch. After Chay Cooper had received Dilan Markanday’s pass he gave the ball to Pochettino down the right flank. The 18 year old floated the ball into the Aston Villa box where he attempt to pick out Parrott at the far post but Brad Burton was on hand to head the ball behind for a corner kick, before Parrott could attack it. Phoenix Patterson’s resulting corner kick was cleared by Mungo Bridge, but only to Pochettino who was waiting on the edge of the penalty area. The Barcelona born winger struck the ball sweetly on the half volley but his effort flew into the chest of Okedina who was in an offside position. The energetic Phoenix Patterson did well to track back and make an important interception to win the ball off of Aaron Pressley on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, before Oluwayemi managed to gather the ball.

After the balletic Dilan Markanday went on a surging run through the middle of the park he decided to thread a pass into the the feet of Cooper down the left side of the Aston Villa box. Cooper attempted to cut the ball back to Parrott but it was cleared away by Myles Sohna. The young Lilywhites were in control of the match. Maxwell Statham had a cross cleared by Mungo Bridge, before Elliot Thorpe came inside from the left wing before slipping the ball into Parrott inside the Aston Villa box. However, the tigerish Tottenham centre forward was intercepted by Sohna. A dangerous attack from the home side followed, after Michael Tait passed the ball to Philogene-Bidace down the left flank the skilful winger managed to skip past Okedina, before squaring the ball for Ben Guy on the edge of the Spurs box. However, Guy’s powerful, first time side footed effort was well kept out by the diving Oluwayemi who made a smart stop. Shortly after Troy Parrott won a free kick in a promising position, Phoenix Patterson fancied his luck from range. However, his resulting curling effort flew straight into the Aston Villa wall. A couple of minutes later Thorpe passed the ball to Statham on the edge of the oppositions penalty area. Statham whipped the ball into the penalty area but it was headed away by Mungo Bridge. The impressive Chay Cooper did ever so well to bring down a long pass from Brooklyn Lyons-Foster on the edge of the Aston Villa box. Cooper passed the ball to Parrott who then laid the ball off to Thorpe whose resulting curling effort flew high and wide of Akos Onodi’s goal. Chay Cooper had a cross cleared by the commanding Myles Sohna a couple of minutes later. A free flowing attacking move from Spurs led to them winning a penalty. After Markanday received Thorpe’s pass he slipped the ball into the feet of Cooper who had made a run down the left side of the Aston Villa box. Before Cooper could test Onodi he was aggressively barged off the ball by Villa’s Jack Birch, and the referee almost immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Penalty specialist Troy Parrott stood up to take the resulting penalty kick. The Ireland under 19 international cooly slotted the ball past Onodi and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to net his and Spurs’ second goal of the game, 2-0.

David Hughes’ side tried to respond before the end of the first half. After Philogene-Bidace received Jack Birch’s pass out on the left flank he came inside onto his right foot before curling an effort wide of Oluwayemi’s goal. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster then did well to clear Colin Odutayo’s cross away from the danger zone. Jubril Okedina did well to nod behind a corner kick from Jack Birch, before Maurizio Pochettino received the first yellow card of the game for a mistimed challenge. The alert Joshua Oluwayemi assertively claimed Brad Burton’s cross before the referee blew for half time. Spurs got the second half underway but it was clear from quite early on that the home side were now playing a lot quicker with the ball. Philogene-Bidace cut inside from the left flank before firing an effort wide of Oluwayemi’s goal. A couple of moments later the Spurs goalkeeper conceded a penalty. After latching onto Michael Tait’s through ball to Philogene-Bidace down the left side of the Spurs box. Philogene-Bidace was about to pull the trigger when Oluwayemi came rushing out to try and close him down. However, Oluwayemi slightly mistimed his run and he ended up missing the ball and bringing down the Aston Villa winger with his feet. Once again the referee pointed straight to the penalty spot. Colin Odutayo managed to tuck the resulting penalty kick past Oluwayemi and straight down the middle of the goal to get Aston Villa back into the game, 2-1. Jubril Okedina failed to deal with Jack Birch’s cross a couple of moments later, and the ball ended up bouncing up to Philogene-Bidace inside the Spurs box. The Aston Villa winger then forced a decent save out of Oluwayemi from a fabulous overhead kick which the Spurs goalkeeper was able to gather. After some good feet from Parrott on the edge of the Aston Villa penalty area the Spurs striker fired an effort wide of Akos Onodi’s goal. Rayan Clarke did well to clear Charlie Farr’s cross at the other end of the pitch, before Dilan Markanday did well to win the ball off of Philogene-Bidace inside the Spurs box, before Patterson managed to get the ball clear. 

Spurs managed to regain their two goal cushion in the 57th minute of time thanks to a fine strike from Maurizio Pochettino. After Cooper received Maxwell Statham’s pass on the left wing, the Spurs winger looked up before coming inside and spotting Pochettino who was in space down the right side of the Aston Villa penalty area. Cooper’s precise lofted pass was controlled well by Pochettino who chested the ball down before firing it past the helpless Akos Onodi on the half volley, and into the far left hand corner of the goal, 3-1. Shortly after the restart Michael Tait went on a surging run down the right wing before cutting the ball back to Aaron Pressley on the edge of the Spurs penalty area. However, the Aston Villa striker curled the ball narrowly wide of Oluwayemi’s goal and a corner kick was surprisingly given after the referee deemed his effort to have deflected off of Okedina. Elliot Thorpe did well to clear Colin Odutayo’s free kick before Spurs made their first change of the game, bringing off Troy Parrott for schoolboy Tarrell Whittaker up top. The potent Chay Cooper managed to slide the ball into the feet of Thorpe on the edge of the Aston Villa box however, Thorpe’s resulting curling effort was gathered well by Akos Onodi who made a fine save. Jubril Okedina made a good challenge on Pressley inside the Spurs box a couple of minutes later before the Spurs defender managed to put the ball behind for a corner. And it was from the resulting corner kick which the ‘ Villains ‘ netted their second goal of the game. Philogene-Bidace’s whipped delivery was flicked on by Sohna and the ball came to Ben Guy at the back post. Guy managed to weave his way around Pochettino inside the box, before firing the ball past Oluwayemi and into the roof of the goal, 3-2. Shortly after the restart Rayan Clarke conceded a free kick down the right flank. Colin Odutayo’s resulting delivery was confidently claimed by Oluwayemi. A couple of minutes later Michael Tait played the ball down to Pressley on the right flank. The ‘ Villains ‘ centre forward came inside onto his left foot before firing an effort straight at Okedina who made an important block. 

Aston Villa continued to attack our defence and they were coming close to finding an equaliser. After Philogene-Bidace latched onto Michael Tait’s pass inside the Spurs box, the winger managed to dart past Patterson but he was then intercepted by Thorpe who made a terrific tackle before he could get his shot away. Aaron Pressley headed Jack Birch’s resulting corner kick narrowly over Oluwayemi’s crossbar. John McDermott then made a double substitution as he brought off both Phoenix Patterson and Elliot Thorpe for Rafferty Pedder and schoolboy Matthew Craig. Shortly after coming on Pedder was given the ball by Statham, he then advanced through the middle by going on a surging run, before he slipped the ball through to Whittaker down the left side of the Aston Villa box. Whittaker’s powerful low, first time effort was clawed behind impressively by Akos Onodi to prevent Spurs from reestablishing their two goal cushion. Joshua Oluwayemi then did well to gather a low cross from Michael Tait. Both sides were pushing for a late goal. After Cooper received the ball from Whittaker he managed to find Pochettino down the right side of the Aston Villa penalty area. However, this time Pochettino’s effort on the half volley was blocked by Charlie McConnachie. Aston Villa had one final chance to equalise after Michael Tait whipped the ball into the Spurs box where he managed to pick out Mungo Bridge. However, the central defenders low headed effort was saved well by Oluwayemi as Spurs held on to record all three points. Spurs will play their game in hand against Chelsea on Wednesday and as long as it is mathematically possible for McDermott’s side to win the league then they will not stop believing! The young Lilywhites battled well to beat the ‘ Villains ‘ on Saturday without a whole host of experienced players.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: Once again the 18 year old had another fine game in between the sticks and he had quite a lot to do on Saturday afternoon. Oluwayemi made three saves in total and in terms of his handling, anticipation and how he dealt with corners and set pieces was top class. Unlucky to concede a penalty in the second half, Oluwayemi did make three impressive saves however, his first one to deny Ben Guy from close range was probably the most pivotal of them all.
  • Rayan Clarke: Although the winger found it difficult at times to play at right back against Aston Villa, the 18 year old tried his very best to fill in for our regular right back Jubril Okedina. Clarke had the difficult task of defending against the ‘ Villains ‘ best player on the day in Jaden Philogene-Bidace. The Aston Villa winger did cause Clarke huge problems throughout the match but I still thought that he put in a good and well disciplined shift. 
  • Jubril Okedina: Due to the absence of both Luis Binks and Malachi Walcott, Okedina got to play in his favoured position of RCB on Saturday. The ever impressive second year scholar had a solid game alongside Brooklyn Lyons-Foster who he made some crucial defensive interventions with. Okedina read the game to great effect and he made a number of important interceptions and challenges. The 18 year old was also dominant in the air and he was vocal throughout the match.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The Spurs captain led by example in the absence of  regular skipper Armando Shashoua. Lyons-Foster operated at LCB and I thought that like Okedina he had a solid game, and one thing which I really like about his performance was his positioning which I thought was very good. Lyons-Foster made a number of important clearances, interceptions and challenges. The second year scholar has now featured 16 times for our under 18 side this season and he is improving all of the time.
  • Maxwell Statham: Even though Statham was playing out of position at left back once again, the 18 year old filled in really well for the injured Dennis Cirkin. Defensively solid but not afraid to overlap Chay Cooper down the left flank, I thought that the second year scholar combined both of his duties really well. The tough tackling defender did a good job at defending against the speedy Colin Odutayo down the left wing and he should be proud of his performance.
  • Dilan Markanday: Interestingly the inform forward was playing in central midfield alongside Phoenix Patterson on Saturday afternoon. The slightly more advanced of the two midfielders, I thought that Markanday slotted in excellently to the role in which he was asked to play in. Not only did he help the forwards out with his driving and weaving forward runs from midfield, from a defensive point of view I thought that the 17 year old was very very good. He snuffed out danger well, was good at breaking up play and he made some crucial interceptions. His skill and balance helped him out on occasions to carry out his midfield duties so effectively. He is such a versatile young player.
  • Phoenix Patterson: This was the 18 year olds first competitive start since November but he looked very sharp alongside Markanday in central midfield. Defensively he was very good and disciplined, but he also moved the ball around the park well and his incisive passing and vision contributed to some good Spurs attacks during his time on the pitch.
  • Maurizio Pochettino: The 18 year old has been in fine form of lately for our under 18’s, and another impressive performance on Saturday resulted in him scoring his third goal of the season for John McDermott’s side. Pochettino’s skill and good close ball control caused problems for Aston Villa left back Charlie McConnachie. He did well to create space for himself out on the right flank and he whipped some good crosses into the danger zone. Furthermore, Pochettino linked up well with makeshift right back Rayan Clarke. The second year scholars second half finish on the half volley was superb, and he throughly deserved his goal.
  • Elliot Thorpe: The Wales under 19 international started the game in the hole and during the first half in particular he had a real influence on the game. It was an intelligent performance from Thorpe and for periods of the game his vision, off the ball movement and his ability to link play was something which the home side found very difficult to deal with. The 18 year old initiated and set up Troy Parrott’s opener, and he worked very hard to make an impact on the game during his time on the pitch. Hopefully he will start against Chelsea on Wednesday.
  • Chay Cooper: My motm, see below. 
  • Troy Parrott: Considering that this was the 17 year old centre forwards first competitive game of football for over seven weeks, I thought that his performance was superb. Parrott showed his usual sharpness and good movement as well as a real urge to press the defenders and drop deep in order to influence the game. The Dubliner did well to get to and score from Elliot Thorpe’s early cross. The first year scholars second goal from the penalty spot was a very composed finish and before he was replaced by schoolboy Tarrell Whittaker during the second half, Parrott managed to make such a positive impression on the game. He was ruthless in front of goal today but it was the all round intelligence of his performance and his hunger to get involved and make things happen, which was just so impressive. It is so good to see our under 18’s top scorer back playing football again.
  • Tarrell Whittaker: The 16 year old schoolboy came onto replace Troy Parrott up front during the second half. On his fifth appearance for our under 18’s this season Whittaker really impressed against Aston Villa. He was so sharp and alert in and around the penalty area, and I thought that his movement was top class. The schoolboy came desperately close to scoring today but for an excellent save from Aston Villa goalkeeper Akos Onodi.
  • Rafferty Pedder: It was another bright albeit brief cameo from the Maidstone born teenager on his 17th birthday. Operating in the CAM role he was involved in a couple of nice passages of play and he was always very positive whenever he had the ball at his feet. Shortly after he came on Pedder went on a lovely searing forward run before slipping a perfectly weighted pass into the feet of Whittaker inside the Aston Villa box, and the schoolboy came very close to scoring.
  • Matthew Craig: It was a tidy and slick performance from Matthew Craig in central midfield on only the schoolboys second ever competitive appearance at this level. 

My man of the match: On only his fourth start for our under 18 this season, first year scholar Chay Cooper (17) was my man of the match on Saturday for his excellent performance out on the left flank. The former Southend United schoolboy had a tremendous impact on Saturday’s league game. Cooper really expressed himself down the left channel and he managed to constantly get himself into good pockets of space to receive the ball. The versatile forward played with plenty of flair and he really oozed confidence. His intricate play, good first touch, vision and fancy foot work asked real questions of Aston Villa’s right back Brad Burton who he tormented throughout the match. Although he liked to dribble with the ball as well as cut inside onto his right foot to try and test the goalkeeper, I liked the fact that Cooper was difficult to read because he mixed up his game. The 17 year old was involved in two of our goals, both of which he set up. After doing well to win a penalty during the first half he went onto set up Maurizio Pochettino’s second half goal after picking him out inside the danger zone with a lovely lofted pass. It was a very exciting performance from the first year scholar on Saturday.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Clarke, Statham, Patterson (Matthew Craig 77), Okedina, Lyons-Foster (c), Pochettino, Markanday, Parrott (Whittaker 61), Thorpe (Pedder 77), Cooper. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Muir.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Troy Parrott – 14

Dilan Markanday – 12

J’Neil Bennett –  9

Rayan Clarke – 8

Armando Shashoua – 7

Harvey White – 6

Rodel Richards – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Luis Binks – 3

Maurizio Pochettino – 3

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Jeremie Mukendi – 2

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Phoenix Patterson – 2

Kion Etete – 2

Jubril Okedina – 1

Tarrell Whittaker – 1

Elliot Thorpe – 1

Assists: Harvey White – 12

Armando Shashoua – 12

Rayan Clarke – 8

Troy Parrott – 6

Jamie Bowden – 5

Dilan Markanday – 5

Phoenix Patterson – 4

J’Neil Bennett – 4

Rodel Richards – 3

Chay Cooper – 3

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Paris Maghoma – 2

Luis Binks – 2

Elliot Thorpe – 2

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Malachi Walcott – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Maxwell Statham – 1

Jeremie Mukendi – 1

Nile John – 1

Kion Etete – 1

Tarrell Whittaker – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 7

Jonathan De Bie – 1