Spurs under 18’s versus Norwich City: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Norwich City: (match preview)

After losing their first two league games of the season Matt Taylor’s under 18 side will be looking to get a positive result against this Saturday’s opponents Norwich City. Last seasons basement club, the ‘ Canaries ‘ have started this season with two draws from their opening two games and they are all ready looking to build on last seasons total points tally of 11. Taylor’s side played some decent football against Brighton last Saturday but they ultimately came unstuck at the back. This weekends opponents Norwich City have a number of talented first year scholars in this years intake as well as some more experienced second years scholars. These include tenacious defender and Ireland under 19 international Andrew Omobamidele, forward Scottish forward Thomas Dickson-Peters and full back Arash Ahmadi. We managed to do the double over Paul Williams’ side last season, scoring an impressive ten goals combined in those two games. Saturday’s match will be a tricky one but I’m confident that we’ll get our first win of the season. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Cesay, Muir, Binks (c), Lusala, John, Cooper, Whittaker, Asante, Robson, Etete.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Matthew Craig, Carrington, Pedder, Cooper.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, J’Neil Bennett, Dennis Cirkin.

Doubtful: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My one to watch: The ‘ Canaries ‘ Scottish forward Thomas Dickson-Peters who has already scored three goals from Norwich’s opening two league games, this season.

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Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

After getting two wins from their first two matches of the PL2 season Wayne Burnett’s high flying development side welcome Derby County to Hotspur Way on Friday afternoon, for game week three of the new season. Last Friday Burnett’s side put in a glorious team performance to overcome Manchester City by three goals to one at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The weekend before that they beat Liverpool by four goals to nil. Darren Wassall’s Derby County side have won one and lost one so far this season so they’ll be hoping to put in a performance similar to the one which saw them beat Southampton in game week two. The ‘ Rams ‘ finished in seventh place in the PL2 division one last season after accumulating 30 points from 22 games. Some Derby players to look out for on Friday afternoon include experienced first team players Duane Holmes and Chris Martin if involved! Derby captain and centre half Max Bird as well as Irish silky midfielder and forward Jayden Mitchell-Lawson are other players to look out for. Derby are usually a well structured and defensive side who like to be very direct in there play. Last season we lost 1-0 to Derby at Pride Park before beating them 3-1 on the final day of the season. I am expecting another physical battle when these teams meet on Friday afternoon, especially if first team player Chris Martin is involved. Spurs on the other hand will be hoping to continue there fine start to the season and they’ll be hoping that 17 year old Troy Parrott can fire them to victory once again after his heroics against Manchester City. I shall be reporting on Fridays game at Hotspur Way and my in depth match report of the game will be out later that night. I would like to wish Wayne Burnett’s side all the very best of luck for what will be a tricky game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Okedina, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Hinds, Bowden, Maghoma, Markanday, Oakley-Boothe, Tracey, Parrott.

Subs from: De Bie, Dinzeyi, A.Shashoua, Clarke, Richards. 

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, Phoenix Patterson, Maurizio Pochettino, Maximus Tainio, J’Neil Bennett, Jeremie Mukendi, Dennis Cirkin, Maxwell Statham.

Doubtful: Samuel Shashoua, Harvey White, Tariq Hinds.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-0. 

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: The ‘ Rams ‘ experienced centre forward and Scotland international Chris Martin (29). Martin who played in Derby’s last game at this level could well play again on Friday as he presumably works on his match fitness. The former Hull City and Fulham strikers physicality and aerial prowess is something which could potentially cause our defenders some trouble along with his sheer experience.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against AFC Wimbledon:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou’s performance against AFC Wimbledon: 

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Spurs loanee Anthony Georgiou made his competitive debut for Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, when they hosted AFC Wimbledon in a league one fixture at Portman Road. Georgiou came on at half time with Ipswich trailing by one goal to nil, and the Cypriot international totally reenergised the home team with his searing pace and directness, and he helped them to turn the game around and win 2-1. In the following piece I will be going through Anthony Georgiou’s second half performance in chronological order. Georgiou replaced Ipswich winger Idris El Mizouni out on the left wing at halftime as manager Paul Lambert looked to inject some pace into the game, after a slow first half. Young Anthony got a good reception from the Ipswich faithful when he came on. Georgiou’s pace was already causing problems for the Wimbledon defence and soon after coming on the 22 year old managed to win a free kick on the edge of the Wimbledon penalty area. It came about after Georgiou was the quickest to a loose ball and he was then tugged back by Wimbledon defender Thomas Terrell. Georgiou took the resulting free kick, he whipped the ball into the Wimbledon box where he managed to pick out central defender Luke Woolfenden whose headed effort on goal was blocked by a Wimbledon defender. The energetic Spurs man was tracking back well during the opening stages of the first half and he was also making some good runs down the left flank. One such good, surging run should have been picked out by Cole Skuse after Georgiou had beaten his man with ease down the left flank but he was ignored by Skuse who decided to play a different pass. Shortly afterwards Myles Kenlock passed the ball to Georgiou down the left flank, Georgiou dropped his shoulder before taking the ball into the Wimbledon box and whipping in a dangerous low cross which was cleared away by Paul Kalambayi, before being gathered by goalkeeper Nathan Trott. Georgiou was getting plenty of touches of the ball as Ipswich switched to a 4–4-2 formation. After picking up the ball down the left flank Georgiou darted forward before whipping another teasing cross into the danger zone, but once again it was cleared away by Paul Kalambayi.

A couple of moments later Anthony received a pass from Kayden Jackson down the left flank, before whipping a dangerous low cross into the Wimbledon box. However, no one was able to meet it (though they should have!) and the ball ran across the face of the goal. Georgiou had singlehandedly become the most dangerous player on the park and the Ipswich players were trying to feed the ball into him out on the left flank at every opportunity. After Ipswich centre forward James Norwood had won a free kick out on the left flank, Georgiou elected to take it. The 22 year old whipped another good ball into the danger zone but it was cleared away by Paul Kalambayi, before Cole Skuse fired an effort wide of goal. About five minutes later Georgiou came close to latching onto James Norwood’s cross into the Wimbledon box from the right flank, after Georgiou had made a good run into the danger zone. A couple of minutes later Georgiou passed the ball to the overlapping Myles Kenlock down the left flank, and he cut inside onto his right foot before forcing a save out of Nathan Trott from his low effort. Anthony delivered a whipped corner kick into the box shortly afterwards from the left hand side but it was cleared behind for another corner kick by a Wimbledon defender. The Lewisham born winger then pumped in the resulting corner kick on the right hand side but before anyone could attack it an Ipswich player had been penalised for a foul inside the box. James Norwood netted a leveller for Ipswich a matter of minutes later as the home side now had some momentum going into the final period of the game. After substitute Alan Judge had won a corner kick Anthony Georgiou whipped the ball into the box but it was cleared away by a defender. Georgiou continued to be heavily involved in the game. After picking the ball up out on the left flank he darted forward with the ball glued to his feet. He then drifted inside onto his right foot on the edge of the Wimbledon box before having a shot blocked by Thomas Terrell. A corner kick which was delivered by Alan Judge a couple of minutes later came to Georgiou in the middle of the box. He poked the ball to Luke Chambers whose resulting effort was blocked by a defender.

Anthony switched onto the right flank for the final moments of the game. Then deep in stoppage time Ipswich netted a dramatic late, late winner through Kayden Jackson. It was in many was the dream debut for Georgiou the fearless left winger. He was an absolute joy to watch with his many surging runs, perfect whipped crosses and tireless tracking back. Unlike in pre-season for Spurs when he was played at left back, Georgiou was allowed the freedom to run at defenders and beat players. And he did so with the same ease and the same quality in which those of us who regularly watch the Spurs development side have been used to for so long. It was a fantastic debut for Georgiou who is now very likely to start Ipswich’s next game away to Bolton on Saturday.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Jack Clarke’s performance against Millwall under 23’s:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Jack Clarke’s performance against Millwall under 23’s:

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Spurs loanee Jack Clarke (18) was in action for a strong Leeds under 23’s side on Monday afternoon, when they took on Millwall at Thorp Hatch in a league fixture. Clarke completed the entirety of the ‘ Whites ‘ 3-2 victory over the south London club in what was an entertaining game of football. In the following piece I will be going through Clarke’s performance in chronological order. The York born winger started the game out on the left wing as Leeds played in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Early on in the game Clarke picked the ball up on the left flank and he quickly whipped a dangerous low cross into the Millwall box. The ball ran through to Jordan Stevens who fired the ball over Ryan Sandford’s crossbar. A couple of minutes later the involved Leeds winger did well to keep Jamie Shackleton’s long pass in on the left flank. After keeping the ball in play, Clarke dribbled into the Millwall penalty area before playing a quick one two with Gianni Alioski and having a poked effort on goal saved by Ryan Sandford, before the Spurs man had an effort blocked by Sam Skeffington on the edge of the Millwall box. After Gianni Alioski won a free kick out on the left flank, Jack Clarke whipped the ball past everyone in the box and out for a throw in on the far side. A couple of minutes later the speedy teenager received the ball down the left flank after latching onto a pass from Alioski. Clarke dribbled into the Millwall penalty area before passing the ball to Alioski who quickly laid the ball off to Jamie Shackleton who fired the ball over Ryan Sandford’s crossbar. Clarke then whipped a teasing cross into the Millwall box but it was cleared away by Topalloj. Clarke was hugging the left touchline during the opening stages of the match, and he was also tracking back well after him. Clarke was involved again shortly afterwards, this time the winger received a pass from Alioski’s down the left side of the Millwall box. He jinked inside onto his right foot before laying the ball off to Jamie Shackleton whose resulting low drive on goal was deflected behind for a corner kick. Leeds took the lead a couple of minutes later. 

Shortly after the restart Clarke picked the ball up on the left flank, he then drifted inside before letting fly on his right foot on the edge of the Millwall box. Clarke’s powerful effort was parried by Ryan Sandford before being cleared away by a Millwall defender. The 18 year old had linked up really well with left back Gianni Alioski during the first half and he was also pressing the Millwall defenders well. Clarke started the second half out on the right wing. After Leeds had won a free kick on the edge of the Millwall penalty area, the 18 year old winger elected to take it, but his effort struck the one man Millwall wall.  About five minutes later Jack Clarke helped to create the ‘ Whites ‘ second goal of the game. After picking the ball up deep inside his own half Clarke went on a surging run through the middle of the park, before playing a lovely defence splitting pass through to Jordan Stevens down the left flank. Stevens then whipped a low cross into Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah in the Millwall box and he managed to slot the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to make it 2-0 to Leeds. A couple of minutes later Jordan Stevens fed the ball into Clarke down the left side of the Millwall box. Clarke spun around before forcing a decent save out of Ryan Sandford with a curling effort. After winning a free kick moments later out on the right flank, Clarke elected to take it but once again his effort struck the Millwall wall. Clarke then whipped in a promising corner kick into the Millwall box but it was cleared away by a defender. The 18 year old whipped another corner kick into the danger zone a couple of minutes later. This one was headed wide by Gaetano Berardi. Leeds were dominating possession although Millwall did pull a goal back through George Alexander. Millwall then got an unexpected leveller a couple of minutes later, through Mitchell. A couple of minutes later Clarke did well to keep in a long pass from Gaetano Berardi down the left flank. Clarke then did a couple of step overs before sending in a whipped cross into the Millwall box which was pushed away by Ryan Sandford, before being fired over the crossbar by Jamie Shackleton. Leeds netted a late, late winner through Mateusz Bogusz before the referee blew his whistle for full time.

This was another very positive performance from the traditional young winger, albeit at under 23 level. What I like about young Clarke is that he is always looking to influence the game and with his directness and skill he usually does exactly that.

Spurs under 18’s 2-3 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-3 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

 

Our under 18’s second league game of the 2019/20 season saw us take on south coast club Brighton & Hove Albion at Hotspur Way. It was to be another tricky game for Matt Taylor’s side, as they continue to get to know the remaining second year scholars. Despite getting off to their perfect start after Max Robson won a penalty inside the first minute of the game, Kion Etete converted from the spot to give Spurs an early lead. However, after taking the lead Taylor’s side seemed to struggle and this allowed the ‘ Seagulls ‘ with a way back into the game. After creating some good chances Brighton levelled through Stefan Vukoje in the 20th minute of time. And Mark Beard’s side finished the half strongly as Spurs struggled to come to terms with there equaliser. Brighton also started the second half well and they took the lead for the first time in the game on 62 minutes through the potent Lorent Tolaj. Tolaj would net his second of the game less than 13 minutes later as the ‘ Seagulls ‘ dominated. A late Spurs resurgence resulted in second half substitute Kallum Cesay netting a late goal but it turned out to only be a consolation goal for Matt Taylor’s side who suffered there second consecutive defeat of the season. Matt Taylor’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation on Saturday morning. Kacper Kurylowicz started in goal while a back four of Matthew Craig, Marqes Muir, Luis Binks and Dermi Lusala started in front of him. Michael Craig and Chay Cooper anchored the midfield, while Max Robson and Tarrelle Whittaker operated out on the flanks either side of CAM Nile John. 17 year old striker Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway on a sunny morning in Enfield. And the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ started the game brightly, a nice early move resulted in Michael Craig passing the ball to Tarrelle Whittaker who, passed the ball to Max Robson who had made a run into the Brighton penalty area. Robson was then bundled to the ground by Brighton defender Antef Tsoungui and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Kion Etete stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and the second year scholar made no mistake. Etete fired the ball inside the bottom left hand corner of the goal to beat Brighton goalkeeper Fynn Talley, 1-0.

After Max Robson played a corner kick short to Tarrelle Whittaker the wide man sent a cross deep into the Brighton box where he managed to pick out Luis Binks at the back post. However, the defenders looping header went over Fynn Talley’s crossbar. Then at the other end of the pitch Irishman Matthew Everitt came inside from the right flank before firing an effort on goal which clipped off of Stefan Vukoje inside the Spurs box and onto Jack Leahy who was ruled offside. The commanding Kacper Kurylowicz gathered a low cross from Leahy shortly after, before the Polish youth international plucked a free kick from Jack Spong out of the air. Tarrelle Whittaker then had a cross cleared away by Luka Cocoracchio before Fynn Talley gathered a free kick from Nile John. After Dermi Lusala brought down Jack Spong on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, Spong curled his resulting effort wide of Kurylowicz’s goal as the game continued to be closely fought. Sam Packham cleared a cross from Matthew Craig before Cooper fed the ball into Lusala down the left side of the Brighton box but his resulting weak effort was saved comfortably by Talley. After beating Ed Turns down the left side of the Brighton box Tarrelle Whittaker tried to square the ball for Etete but Fynn Talley came out to smother it. After Chay Cooper had conceded a free kick right on the edge of the Brighton box, Scotland youth international Marc Leonard curled an effort over Kurylowicz’s crossbar. Brighton drew level in the 20th minute of the game. After Stefan Vukoje latched onto Marc Leonard’s long ball over the top of the Spurs defence, Vukoje burst forward before going down the left side of the Spurs box and tucking the ball past Kurylowicz and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-1. After Lorent Tolaj drifted in from the left flank he tested Kurylowicz in the Spurs box with a thumping effort. Dermi Lusala then had an effort from long range deflected behind for a corner kick by Jack Leahy before Brighton attacked Spurs once more. After being given the ball by Stefan Vukoje, Marc Leonard powered a low effort at Kurylowicz’s goal which took a slight nick off of Marqes Muir. However, Leonard’s effort was parried by Kurylowicz before he managed to smother the ball in time, before Lorent Tolaj could get to it.

Matthew Craig saw his cross into the Brighton box cleared away by Luka Cocoracchio before Michael Craig passed the ball to Nile John on the edge of the Brighton box, and he came close to setting through Tarrelle Whittaker on goal. Luis Binks cleared a cross from Lorent Tolaj before a cross from Jack Leahy managed to pick out Antef Tsoungui in the Spurs box with a cross, but Tsoungui’s resulting headed effort was saved by Kurylowicz. After some nice skill Nile John pumped the ball into the Brighton penalty area where he managed to pick out Max Robson at the back post, but he headed wide of Fynn Talley’s goal. The referee sounded his whistle for halftime shortly after. Centre back Marqes Muir was replaced by right back Kallum Cesay at the break as Matthew Craig switched to RCB. Brighton restarted the game. A good move saw Whittaker pass the ball to John who slipped it into Robson down the left side of the Brighton box but the Spurs wingers resulting effort was saved by Fynn Talley. A couple of minutes later Nile John scooped a nice ball up for Chay Cooper who had made a run down the left hand side of the Brighton box but he fired his effort narrowly over Fynn Talley’s crossbar on the half volley. Then at the other end of the pitch Sam Packham whipped a dangerous cross across the face of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal, before Jack Leahy cut inside from the left flank before curling an effort wide of the Spurs mans goal. Brighton continued to put pressure on Spurs, Stefan Vukoje received Marc Leonard’s pass on the edge of the Spurs penalty area before curling a low effort a fraction wide of the mark. Nile John then whipped an effort just wide of the Brighton goal from long range, before Luis Binks was shown a yellow card for bringing down Matthew Everitt down the right flank. Shortly past the hour mark Brighton took the lead through Lorent Tolaj. After latching onto Marc Leonard’s long ball over the top of the Spurs defence, he ran through into the Spurs box before slotting the ball past the outrushing Kurylowicz and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-2.

After receiving Max Robson’s pass on the edge of the Brighton box, Tarrelle Whittaker forced a save out of Talley with a powerful low effort on goal. Brighton then attacked us down the opposite end of the pitch, Ed Turns gave the ball to Lorent Tolaj who slipped it into Stefan Vukoje in the Spurs box however, Luis Binks came across Vukoje to make an excellent last ditch block to stop the Brighton mans effort from testing Kurylowicz who was able to comfortably gather the ball, it was an excellent piece of defending from the 17 year old. After Matthew Everitt passed the ball to Todd Miller from the left wing the Brighton substitutes effort was pushed away by Kurylowicz before Jack Spong fired wide. Enock Asante replaced Max Robson out on the left wing shortly afterwards. After latching onto Dermi Lusala’s pass down the right hand side of the Brighton box the overlapping Kallum Cesay struck the bottom right hand post. Then at the other end of the pitch Stefan Vukoje had an effort defelcted over by Michael Craig before Luis Binks blocked a shot from Todd Miller. Brighton continued to pressurise the Tottenham defence and after Matthew Everitt passed the ball to Stefan Vujoke who fired wide on the turn from inside the Spurs box. A couple of minutes later Brighton all too easily extended their lead. A good attacking move ended in Everitt passing the ball to Lorent Tolaj after he had received Todd Miller’s pass inside the Spurs box and he fired the ball past Kurylowicz and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal on the turn, 1-3. Enock Asante headed Tarrelle Whittaker’s corner kick into the arms of Fynn Talley shortly after the restart as Spurs tried to respond. However, Brighton continued to come at us. Todd Miller whipped an effort over Kurylowicz’s crossbar before Lorent Tolaj nodded over from Matthew Everitt’s cross. Stefan Vukoje fired a deflected wide off of Dermi Lusala down the right hand side of the Spurs box before Kacper Kurylowicz saved a low effort from Todd Miller. Tarrelle Whittaker had a deflected effort saved after shooting on the edge of the Brighton box. Then in the 86th minute of the game Spurs managed to pull a goal back. 

After Tarrelle Whittaker passed the ball to Pedder out on the right flank the Spurs substitute whipped the ball into Binks at the back post. Binks’ headed effort came off the bottom of the right hand post before bouncing into the path of Kallum Cesay who tapped home from close range, 2-3. Kurylowicz saved Stefan Vukoje’s late strike before Spurs had a good chance to get a late equaliser. After Nile John received the ball on the edge of the Brighton box the Spurs midfielder should have passed the ball to Cesay who had made a good run down the right side of the Brighton box however, John opted to go for glory but his effort sailed over Fynn Talley’s crossbar. The referee sounded his whistle for full time a couple of seconds later. Up next for Matt Taylor’s side is a home league game against Norwich City, next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: The Spurs goalkeeper made five saves in total on the day and apart from leading his defence well throughout the game, Kurylowicz had a very solid match in between the sticks. The 17 year old  dealt well with crosses and set pieces, he also made a number of strong saves.
  • Matthew Craig: Operating at right back for the first half, Michael Craig had a solid first half half before slotting into central defence for the second half where he was tidy.
  • Marqes Muir: He put in a decent first half performance but he was ultimately substituted at halftime.
  • Luis Binks: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dermi Lusala: The left back went on some powerful attacking forays down the left flank and he also defended relatively solidly.
  • Chay Cooper: The 17 year old made a number of intelligent passes from central midfield and he also linked up well with the forwards.
  • Michael Craig: The CM used the ball well and he made some well weighted passes.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: Operating on both flanks throughout the game, Whittaker was one of our best players. He went on some promising attacking forays and he made some good passes.
  • Nile John: The CAM was heavily involved in the game, he showed nice skill and his movement was also good. 
  • Max Robson: The wide man won the early penalty kick and he made some good runs out wide.
  • Kion Etete: The striker held the ball up well, his movement was good and his sheer presence made him a real handful for the Brighton defence. Etete took his penalty well.
  • Kallum Cesay: The second half substitute went on some good overlapping runs down the right flank and he was in the right place at the right time to tuck away our late goal. He also defended his side of the pitch well. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him. 
  • Enock Asante: Showed good movement during his time on the pitch.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The second half substitute was involved in our late consolation goal. 

My man of the match: Although there weren’t many standout performers for Spurs on the day, I thought that our best player was captain Luis Binks. Operating at LCB Binks made a couple of really well timed challenges and blocks and he was very good in the air. In addition to his fine defending the second year scholar was commanding at the back and he talked his teammates through the game. Binks’ last ditch sliding block to prevent Stefan Vukoje from getting a shot away inside the Spurs box during the second half,  was top class. 

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: Kion Etete – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Assists: Max Robson – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Matthew Craig, Lusala, Cooper (Pedder 72), Muir (Cesay 46), Binks (c), Robson (Asante 66), Michael Craig, Etete, John, Whittaker. Substitute (not used): Lo-Tutala.

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Manchester City: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Manchester City: (match report)

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For our under 23’s second PL2 game of the 2019/20 season Wayne Burnett’s side welcomed Manchester City to the world class Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Friday evenings match was a game of total domination from the home side who, from start to finish outplayed Manchester City with their slick passing game. Spurs started the game with an assuredness about their game and after playing some good football around centre forward Troy Parrott Wayne Burnett’s side came close to taking the lead through attacking midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Spurs eventually took the lead through Troy Parrott who finished smartly from inside the Manchester City penalty area. Spurs doubled their advantage shortly before the break through Paris Maghoma as Spurs took a healthy two goal cushion into the interval. Spurs started the second half well and they continued to restrict the visitors to efforts from long range. After Shilow Tracey won a penalty kick, Troy Parrott calmly converted to net his second goal of the game. The game was slightly overshadowed by an injury which Parrott would pick up later on in the half. Spurs played some nice stuff during the remaining stages of the game and although Manchester City managed to pull a late goal back through Nabil Touaizi, it wasn’t to matter in the grand scheme of things. Spurs continue to sit at the top of the PL2 division one after totally dominating Manchester City on a wet night in North London.  Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation on Friday. Brandon Austin started in goal while a back four of Tariq Hinds, captain TJ Eyoma, Japhet Tanganga and Harvey White. Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out wide on the flanks, either side of CAM Tashan Oakley-Boothe. 17 year old Ireland under 19 international Troy Parrott led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway in front of a fairly sizeable crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. After seeing quite a bit of the ball during the opening stages of the game Spurs were trying to break Manchester City down. 

Paris Maghoma tried to slip through Troy Parrott inside the Manchester City box but Taylor Harwood-Bellis managed to intercept the ball. At the other end of the pitch Jayden Braaf fired a low effort wide of Brandon Austin’s goal, after he had received Nabil Touaizi’s pass. A couple of minutes later Troy Parrott won a free kick right on the edge of the Manchester City penalty area. However, he curled his resulting effort into the ‘ Sky Blues ‘ wall. A cross from Jamie Bowden which was intended for Troy Parrott was cleared away by Man City defender Joel Latibeaudiere before Spurs created their first real chance of the game. After Paris Maghoma passed the ball to Dilan Markanday the tricky winger slipped the ball into the feet of Tashan Oakley-Boothe down the right hand side of the oppositions penalty area however, Oakley-Boothe’s resulting low effort was saved by the feet of Man City goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. Japhet Tanganga did well to cut out Adrián Bernabé’s intended through ball for Nabil Touaizi shortly afterwards. The fast pace to the game continued. After Dilan Markanday won a free kick on the edge of the Manchester City box Paris Maghoma elected to take it. However, his resulting curling effort was deflected behind for a corner kick by the Man City wall. Nabil Touaizi cleared Harvey White’s resulting corner kick. Spurs continued to put pressure on the oppositions defence and they were coming closer to breaking the deadlock. After receiving Jamie Bowden’s pass Dilan Markanday had a deflected low effort saved by Gavin Bazunu. After Jamie Bowden’s cross was spilt by the Manchester City goalkeeper Dilan Markanday was unable despite his best efforts, to turn the ball home from inside the Man City box. Harvey White’s resulting corner kick just missed Japhet Tanganga in the danger zone. At the other end of the pitch Dilan Markanday made an important challenge on Alpha Dionkou after he had latched onto Ben Knight’s whipped low cross in the Spurs box, before Paris Maghoma did some good defensive work to stop Adrián Bernabé from bursting into the Tottenham penalty area.

After dribbling into the Man City box Dilan Markanday was intercepted by Tommy Doyle. At the other end of the pitch Alpha Dionkou had a cross cleared by Tariq Hinds. Then in the 36th minute of the game Spurs’ hard work was rewarded when they took the lead through Troy Parrott. It was a truly sumptuous finish from the Irishman. After receiving the ball Dilan Markanday passed the ball to Parrott in who had his back to goal in the Manchester City box. However, the 17 year old quickly sorted out his feet and he turned around Taylor Harwood-Bellis before whipping an unstoppable effort into the top left hand corner of Gavin Bazunu’s goal, 1-0. We were pressing well and we continued to cause the Manchester City defence problems. A dangerous cross from Tariq Hinds just evaded Shilow Tracey in the Man City box before TJ Eyoma was on hand at the other end of the pitch to cut out Adrián Bernabé’s through ball to Nabil Touaizi. Shilow Tracey nodded Dilan Markanday’s cross wide of Bazunu’s goal a matter of moments later before Spurs doubled their lead right on the stroke of halftime through Paris Maghoma. After Troy Parrott had passed the ball to Shilow Tracey down the left hand side of the Manchester City box the winger pondered before cutting the ball back for Maghoma on the edge of the penalty area. His first time side footed effort nestled wonderfully into the top right hand corner of Gavin Bazunu’s goal, beating the Irishman with ease, 2-0. The referee Matthew Russell sounded his whistle for halftime a couple of moments later. Manchester City got the second half underway and early on in the half TJ Eyoma did well to cut out a pass from Jayden Braaf. A couple of minutes later a nice move saw Hinds pass the ball to Bowden who slipped the ball into Parrott inside the Manchester City box. Parrott held off his man inside the danger zone before striking the bottom right hand post with a powerful low effort. The ball came back to Bowden inside the area but he was unable to control the ball and it went behind for a goal kick.

After Troy Parrott won a free kick on the edge of the Manchester City box, free kick specialist Harvey White tried to test Gavin Bazunu. White’s curling effort was touched onto the side netting by Bazunu before it could nestle in the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Harvey White then had a corner kick cleared away by Joel Latibeaudiere before Shilow Tracey won a penalty for Spurs. After receiving Maghoma’s pass down the left hand side of the Man City box, he managed to hold off two Manchester City defenders before being brought down by Jeremie Frimpong. Troy Parrott calmly despatched his resulting penalty kick by whipping the ball past Bazunu and inside the left hand corner of the goal, 3-0. After Dilan Markanday was brought down by Jeremie Frimpong inside the Man City box shortly after the restart, he looked at the referee hoping for a penalty to be awarded but Matthew Russell saw nothing in it. Alpha Dionkou had a cross cleared by Harvey White, before White himself had a cross cleared away by Jeremie Frimpong. After beating Man City captain Tommy Doyle in the oppositions box, Tariq Hinds attempted to square the ball for Parrott but it was cleared away by Latibeaudiere. After suffering a heavy challenge from Tommy Doyle, Parrott picked up an injury and he was swiftly replaced by Rodel Richards. Spurs were just knocking the ball about with ease as the minutes ticked by. Adrián Bernabé had a shot blocked behind by TJ Eyoma before Harvey White managed to clear Tommy Doyle’s corner kick. After being given the ball by Markanday, Maghoma burst into the Manchester City box before back heeling the ball for Shilow Tracey who fired the ball narrowly wide of Gavin Bazunu’s goal. Jamie Bowden had a shot on goal which was blocked by Tommy Doyle before Dilan Markanday curled an effort wide from the edge of the Man City box after he received the ball from Paris Maghoma. Then at the other end of the pitch Jeremie Frimpong saw his cross headed over by TJ Eyoma. Tommy Doyle’s resulting corner kick was headed back across goal by Frimpong for Touaizi who headed the ball just wide of Brandon Austin’s goal. 

Harvey White cleared Jayden Braaf’s cross before Brandon Austin gathered a cross from the same player a couple of moments later. After receiving Dilan Markanday’s pass on the edge of the Man City box Rodel Richards curled an effort over Gavin Bazunu’s crossbar. Manchester City substitute Fisayo Dele-Bashiru surged forward through the middle of the pitch before lashing an effort over Brandon Austin’s crossbar. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster replaced Tariq Hinds before Dilan Markanday had a shot blocked by Taylor Harwood-Bellis after he had cut inside from the right flank. Manchester City pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute of the game after TJ Eyoma was intercepted by Nabil Touaizi who burst into the Spurs box. However, he was intercepted by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster who lunged in to make a pin point challenge. However, the ball came back to Touaizi and he fired an effort past Austin on the turn, and the ball nestled into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Jubril Okedina came onto replace Jamie Bowden as Brooklyn Lyons-Foster switched out to left back as Harvey White went into central midfield. TJ Eyoma cleared a cross from Adrián Bernabé before Dilan Markanday went on a surging forward run before being fouled on the edge of the Man City box by Tommy Doyle. Harvey White’s resulting dipping free kick was pushed behind by Bazunu. Rodel Richards had an effort blocked by Tommy Doyle before Japhet Tanganga curled a deflected effort wide. Paris Maghoma then curled an effort wide of the Man City goal from long range. Rodel Richards had a late effort on the turn blocked by Frimpong in the Man City box before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. Bringing an end to a totally one sided game. Our under 23’s next game is at home to Derby County next Friday.

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: The Tottenham goalkeeper didn’t make a single save against Manchester City on Friday night. Austin’s distribution was faultless and the 20 year old goalkeeper could have done nothing to prevent Nabil Touaizi’s second half goal. 
  • Tariq Hinds: It was a very assured performance from the right back against Manchester City. I personally didn’t think that Hinds put a foot wrong during his 77 minutes on the pitch. The skilful fullback defended well against Manchester City winger Jayden Braaf, and he went on some promising attacking forays of his own down the right flank. The 19 year old also made some important interceptions and clearances.
  • TJ Eyoma: The Spurs captain had for the most part a very solid game minus albeit a minor lapse in concentration which contributed to Nabil Touaizi’s late goal. Eyoma was good in the air and he cut out some promising forward passes. He also made some timely interceptions and challenges. He looked very composed on the ball.
  • Japhet Tanganga: Operating at LCB Tanganga’s time away with the first team during pre-season really showed last night. The 20 year old was rock solid alongside TJ Eyoma albeit against a not too threatening attack. Furthermore, Tanganga’s positioning was impeccable on the night as was the commanding nature of his defending. Like Eyoma the Hackney born defender cut out some dangerous passes and he also made some important defensive interventions.
  • Harvey White: It was another really solid showing at left back from the young midfielder (17) who did a good job up against Manchester City’s Ben Knight who he helped to neutralise the threat of during the game. White kept good positioning and the timing of his defending was also good. Furthermore the Maidstone born White who filled in, in his natural position of central midfield for the latter stages of the game, also whipped some inviting crosses into the danger zone and he came close to finding the back of the net from a couple of free kicks.
  • Jamie Bowden: My man of the match, see below.
  • Paris Maghoma: Playing in central midfield as oppose to playing as a CAM as he did so against Liverpool the previous week. Maghoma put in a very mature performance against Manchester City and alongside the astute Jamie Bowden he helped to link defence with attack. Maghoma recycled possession well and his passing throughout the game was top quality.
  • Dilan Markanday: Apart from setting up Troy Parrott’s opening goal the skilful winger carved his way through the Manchester City defence on numerous occasions on Friday. Markanday enjoyed great joy down the right hand side of the pitch and his skill and low centre of gravity really worked fullback Joel Latibeaudiere hard. Markanday also wasn’t afraid to try his luck on goal.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Operating as a CAM the energetic Oakley-Boothe was another link between defence and attack and his movement as well as his first touch and passing were all good. 
  • Shilow Tracey: It was an electric performance from the 21 year old who embarked on many a surging run down the left flank. Tracey’s strength and pace made him difficult to defend against and the former Ebbsfleet United man set up Paris Maghoma’s goal after assessing his options before he won the penalty which Troy Parrott tucked away, after he burst into the danger zone. Tracey tracked back well and he also made some intelligent passes and decisions in the final third.
  • Troy Parrott: At times unplayable, centre forward Troy Parrott led the line by example on Friday night. Parrott’s power and strength made him so difficult to defend against and that along with his razor sharp movement and ability to drop deep in order to receive the ball, made him a constant thorn in Manchester City’s side. Parrott took his first goal excellently, everything about it was top class. His second half penalty was also taken really well. However, it was perhaps his hold up and link up play which was most impressive of all. On the day that he was called up to the Ireland senior team provisional squad, I just hope that the injury that he picked up during the second half is nothing to worry about. 
  • Rodel Richards: The second half substitute led the line well during his time on the pitch and he made some good runs.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The defender looked solid at both right and left back during his time on the pitch.
  • Jubril Okedina: It was a solid albeit late showing at RB from Okedina.

My man of the match: An artist in central midfield who linked defence with attack so diligently, midfielder Jamie Bowden put in an outstanding shift for the team on Friday night. Very Michael Carrick-esque in his overall play, Bowden did a good job alongside Maghoma in breaking up play and also in creating chances from deep. The Irish Londoner made some seriously intelligent passes and with his vision, guile and determination he helped Spurs to achieve the victory.

Spurs: Austin, Hinds (Lyons-Foster 77), White, Bowden (Okedina 84), Eyoma (c), Tanganga, Markanday, Maghoma, Parrott (Richards 61), Oakley-Boothe, Tracey. Substitutes (not used): Oluwayemi, A Shashoua.

Manchester City: Bazunu, Dionkou, Latibeaudiere (Amankwah 67), Harwood-Bellis, Frimpong, Doyle (c), Knight (Dele-Bashiru 55), Bernabé, Touaizi, Rogers, Braaf. Substitutes (not used): Moulden, Ogbeta, Simmonds.

Goals: Spurs – Parrott 36, 54 (pen), Maghoma 45+1; City – Touaizi 83.

Yellow cards: City – Touaizi 85, Frimpong 88.

Referee: Matthew Russell.

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Attendance: 5,731.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 2

Jamie Bowden – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview


After suffering a slightly surprising 4-0 defeat to Fulham on the opening day of the league season, Matt Taylor’s under 18 side will be desperate to bounce back when they host Brighton at Hotspur Way, in game week two. Taylor’s side welcome a Brighton team who finished in fifth place in the Premier League South last season. Some of the Brighton players to look out for tomorrow include centre forward Lorent Tolaj, captain and central midfielder Jack Spong and attacking midfielder Stefan Vukoje. The ‘ Seagulls ‘ are usually a very well structured side at this level and it could prove difficult to get the better of Mark Beard’s side tomorrow morning. Apologies for the short preview, my in-depth match report of the game will be out on Sunday afternoon. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Lusala, Muir, Binks, Kyezu, White (c), John, Cooper, Whittaker, Scarlett, Etete.

Subs from: Solberg, Cesay, Michael Craig, Pedder, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, J’Neil Bennett, Dennis Cirkin. 

Doubtful: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-2. 

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-1.

My one to watch: The ‘ Seagulls ‘ top scorer last season with 12 goals, centre forward Lorent Tolaj.

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

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

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Fresh from their emphatic 4-0 victory over Liverpool last Saturday, Spurs’ under 23’s will welcome Manchester City’s development side to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium for tomorrow’s historic PL2 game. Wayne Burnett’s side got off to the dream start against a very strong Liverpool side and they’ll be hoping to continue their strong start to the season by overcoming a Man City side who they did the double over last season in the league. Paul Harsley’s Manchester City lost their opening league game of the season 4-3 to Southampton and they’ll be desperate to avoid a similar outcome tomorrow. Man City have a talented squad of young players and some of the ‘ Sky Blues ‘ players to keep an eye on tomorrow night include 17 year old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, centre half Nathanael Ogbeta, skilful winger Ian Carlo Poveda and Spanish attacking midfielder Adrian Bernabe. Despite having home advantage and the opportunity to play at our fantastic 62,000 seater home, this will be another very tough game for Burnett’s side and one in which they’ll need to be at their very best if they want to get maximum points out of. In terms of how Spurs will lineup I wouldn’t be surprised if Spurs’ lineup was exactly the same as the one in which defeated Liverpool last week. With players such as Kazaiah Sterling, Paris Maghoma and Jamie Bowden all likely to start. In this fixture last season we put in an excellent team performance to overcome a very technical Man City side 2-0. It was in many ways the complete team performance. A similar performance tomorrow night would be wonderful to see. My in-depth match report of tomorrow’s game will be published on Saturday afternoon. Playing in front of up to 10,000 spectators will provide our lads with memories that they will never ever forget. 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Okedina, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Hinds, Oakley-Boothe, Bowden, Markanday, Maghoma, Tracey, Sterling (c).

Subs from: De Bie, Clarke, Dinzeyi, A.Shashoua, S.Shashoua.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, Phoenix Patterson, Maurizio Pochettino, Maximus Tainio, J’Neil Bennett, Jeremie Mukendi, Dennis Cirkin.

Doubtful: Samuel Shashoua.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Manchester City’s 17 year old Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is my one to watch for tomorrow evenings game. Bazunu who is an Ireland under 17 international, is an extremely highly rated young goalkeeper who was once strongly linked with a move to Spurs. The second year scholar is quick on his feet, has razors sharp reflexes and he is a penalty saving specialist. Making his senior debut for Irish premier division side Shamrock Rovers while still a schoolboy, Bazunu is a very talented goalkeeper who Spurs could find hard to beat tomorrow night. 

Some notes on Spurs loanee Jack Clarke’s performance against Salford City:

Some notes on Spurs loanee Jack Clarke’s performance against Salford City:

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Spurs loanee and recent signing Jack Clarke (18) was in action for Leeds United on Tuesday evening when they took on league two club Salford City, in the second round of the Carabao Cup. This was young Clarke’s first competitive appearance of the season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and he looked nice and sharp. It was a good performance from the winger who would often switch flanks with Helder Costa throughout the game. In the following piece I will be going through Clarke’s 70 minutes on the pitch in chronological order. The York born winger started out on the right wing as Leeds played in a 4-1-4-1 formation. After tracking back well during the opening stages of the match Clarke cut inside from the right flank early on in the game before attempting to thread a pass through to Eddie Nketiah in the Salford penalty area however, a defender managed to cut Clarke’s pass out. It was quite noticeable that there always seemed to be two defenders on Clarke during the early periods of the game. The 18 year olds next involvement in the game occurred a couple of minutes later after he had a cross cleared away by Salford defender Carl Piergianni. Clarke then turned defender after he cleared Richie Towell’s volley on the line, from a Salford corner kick. The teenager continued to impress me as the game progressed and I was particularly impressed with the many intelligent runs in which he was making down the right flank. After receiving the ball out on the right flank Clarke managed to dribble his way into the Salford penalty area before he had a shot blocked by defender Carl Piergianni. The ever impressive Kalvin Phillips then sprayed a nice pass out to Clarke on the right flank. Clarke controlled the ball before he whipped a nice cross into the danger zone but it was cleared away by the dominant Piergianni. A clever run into the Salford box from the Spurs loanee shortly afterwards almost resulted in him meeting Egzijan Alioski’s cross in the centre of the penalty area. Clarke switched flanks with Helder Costa a couple of minutes later.

Jack Clarke was creating a number of good chances from out wide such as in the 34th minute when he cut inside onto his right foot from the left flank, before dribbling into the Salford penalty area but instead of shooting he elected to pass the ball to a teammate who was in a more central position. A couple of minutes later Clarke received a pass from Egzijan Alioski on the edge of the Salford penalty area. Clarke opened up his body before testing the Salford goalkeeper Chris Neal with a curling effort which took a slight deflection off of Lois Maynard. However, it was eventually beaten away by Neal. Constantly looking to receiving the ball, since moving out onto the left flank Clarke was roaming around the park more freely and he was drifting into more central positions more regularly. After managing to find Egzijan Alioski with a low pass on the edge of the Salford box the North Macedonian international fired an effort over Carl Neal’s crossbar. Leeds took the lead shortly afterwards through Eddie Nketiah right on the stroke of halftime. Clarke started the second half out on the left flank. Leeds doubled their lead in the 50th minute of the game through Gaetano Berardi before Mateusz Klich further extended the visitors advantage just under eight minutes later. Unfortunately Leeds didn’t focus a lot of their attention down the left flank during Clarke’s remaining minutes of the game and hence Clarke didn’t see a lot of the ball. After Kalvin Phillips picked out the Spurs youngster down the right hand side of the Salford box Clarke attempted to head the ball back across goal for Eddie Nketiah but once again Carl Piergianni was on hand to cut it out. Clarke switched back onto the right flank before he was replaced by Alfie McCalmont in the 70th minute of the game. I was really impressed with how Clarke conducted himself on the field last night, he tracked back excellently during his time on the pitch and his movement and many intelligent runs down the flanks really caught my eye. Clarke was also tidy with the ball and he liked to receive the ball and take players on as well as dribbling with it. Furthermore, the 18 year old created a number of decent chances. 

I will be hoping to write a number of such loan reports on Jack Clarke this season and I am hoping to be able to see him in the flesh, when Leeds play a game in London. 

Spurs under 18’s 0-4 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 0-4 Fulham: (match report)

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Our under 18’s opening league game of the 2019/20 season took them to south west London for a game against rivals Fulham at their Motspur Park training ground. Despite fielding a strong team for Saturday mornings clash Matt Taylor’s side Spurs struggled to match the intensity of the home side. That and the fact that we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal meant that we allowed the ‘ Cottagers ‘ to have the upper hand and they punished us for it. Fulham pressed better than us and they moved the ball about a lot more fluidly. The electric Fabio Carvalho and the dominant Jay Stansfield were at times unplayable and the Tottenham defence couldn’t cope with their presence. In all honesty Fulham out played us from the very start of the game to the very end of it, despite Matt Taylor’s sides best efforts. After coming close to taking the lead on several occasions during the first half Fulham finally made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute of the game through Sylvester Jasper from the penalty spot. The ‘ Cottagers ‘ then doubled their advantage less than seven minutes later through winger Oliver O’Neill. Colin Omogbehin’s side started the second half in the same way that they had finished the first, and less than two minutes into the second period Fulham made it 3-0 through the potent Jay Stansfield. Continuing to dominate proceedings, life was made difficult for Spurs who found it difficult to create chances. Fulham scored their fourth and final goal of the game in the 71st minute through Sylvester Jasper. In truth Spurs should be thankful that goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi was so good on the day otherwise we could have been looking at a six or seven nil defeat. Matt Taylor’s side lined up in a 4-2–3-1 formation for their opening league game of the season. Overage goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi started in goal, while a back four of Dermi Lusala, Marqes Muir, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Captain Harvey White and Nile John partnered up in central midfield. Michael Craig and under 16 forward Dane Scarlett operated out on the flanks while Tarelle Whittaker operated in the hole. Recent addition Kion Etete led the line for Spurs.

Fulham got the game underway on a very windy and cool morning in south west London. An early back pass from centre half Marqes Muir was almost intercepted by the alive Jay Stansfield in the Tottenham penalty area, but Oluwayemi was able to get the ball to clear it in time. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well during the opening minutes of the game. Spurs were let off early on in the game after goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi was intercepted by Fulham striker Jay Stansfield down the left hand side of his own penalty area. Stansfield quickly squared the ball for Fabio Carvalho in the centre of the box but his low first time effort was cleared on the line by Luis Binks. Sylvester Jasper then squared the ball for Oliver O’Neill on the edge of the Spurs box a couple of minutes later but his low side footed effort squirmed just wide of Oluwayemi’s goal after taking a slight deflection off of Dennis Cirkin. Kion Etete cleared Jonathan Page’s cross a couple of moments later as Fulham continued their good start to the game. Spurs’ Dane Scarlett came close to latching onto a lofted pass from Dermi Lusala inside the Fulham box shortly afterwards, before Sylvester Jasper latched onto a long kick up field from goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond down the left side of the Spurs box. However, his resulting effort on goal was saved by Joshua Oluwayemi. Nile John had a cross cleared by Jonathan Page before Fabio Carvalho smashed the ball against Joshua Oluwayemi’s near post after received Oliver O’Neill’s pass down the right hand side of the Tottenham penalty area. Tarrelle Whittaker then came inside from the left flank before curling an effort wide of the Fulham goal. Shortly afterwards central defender Marqes Muir made a good challenge on Fabio Carvalho inside the Spurs box, before Fulham came close to taking the lead. After being given the ball by Fabio Carvalho inside the Spurs box Jay Stansfield shot, but his effort was blocked by Binks. Carvalho then picked up the loose ball before firing an effort on goal which was well saved by the diving Oluwayemi before the linesman on the near sides flag went up for offside.

Spurs had a clear penalty shout waived away by the referee after Oliver O’Neill appeared to pull down Kion Etete after he tried to get on the end of Harvey White’s free kick inside the Fulham box. Kion Etete then came close to connecting with a whipped cross from Harvey White as Spurs tried hard to break Fulham down. Etete continued to be involved in the thick of the action when he fired an effort over on the edge of the Fulham box a couple of minutes later. Spurs continued to enjoy a good spell in the game. After Dane Scarlett threaded a pass through to Etete the Spurs man went racing through on goal although he was slowed down after Stefan Parkes tugged his shirt however, the referee didn’t spot this and Etete continued forward towards the edge of the Fulham box before his poked low effort on goal was saved by Luca Ashby-Hammond. Then at the opposite end of the pitch Fulham were presented with a perfect opportunity to score from after Marqes Muir had shoved Sylvester Jasper to the floor down the left hand side of the Tottenham penalty area leaving the referee with no other option than to point to the penalty spot. Up stepped Jasper to fire the ball past Oluwayemi who dived the wrong way, and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 0-1. Fulham started well straight from the restart and after Jay Stansfield skilfuly cut inside Luis Binks down the left flank the Fulham forward teed the ball off to Fabio Carvalho in the middle of the Spurs box but his first time, low effort was well saved by Oluwayemi who was at full stretch. Kion Etete had a glorious chance to draw level after Nile John threaded a nicely weighted pass through to him, to set him racing through on goal however, he poked his effort narrowly wide of Ashby-Hammond’s goal. The ‘ Cottagers ‘ doubled their advantage in the 39th minute of the game through Ollie O’Neill. After Fabio Carvalho’s free kick was headed back across goal by Stansfield to O’Neill the wingers low curling effort on goal appeared to be cleared on the line by White but the referee adjudged the ball to have crossed the line despite White’s protests, and the goal was given, 0-2. 

Michael Craig had a cross cleared away by Idris Odutayo before the same player blocked shots from Nile John and Harvey White in quick succession. After some fancy footwork from Jay Stansfield inside the Spurs box the Fulham forward had a shot on goal blocked by Luis Binks before the referee sounded his whistle for half time. Spurs got the second half underway, however it was straight back to business as usual as the ‘ Cottagers ‘ further extended their lead shortly after the restart. A long kick upfield from the Fulham  goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond was controlled quite beautifully by Fabio Carvalho out on the right flank. Carvalho then squared the ball for Jay Stansfield in the Spurs box and he then calmly slotted the ball past Oluwayemi and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 0-3. Nile John had an effort on goal blocked by Luca Murphy shortly afterwards before Harvey White sent a free kick straight down the throat of Ashby-Hammond. A deflected cross from Dennis Cirkin was glanced into the arms of the Fulham goalkeeper by Dan Scarlett a couple of moments later as Spurs tried desperately hard to respond. After Whittaker had passed the ball to Cirkin on the edge of the Fulham box the left back had a shot blocked by Luciano D’Auria-Henry. Adrion Pajaziti then appeared to handle a cross from Dermi Lusala inside the Spurs box before Tarrelle Whittaker shot an effort wide of goal. Dennis Cirkin then had a cross gathered by Luca Ashby-Hammond before spurs were awarded a free kick in a promising position after Lusala was fouled. However, Harvey White’s resulting curling effort on goal was comfortably saved by Ashby-Hammond. Harvey White was then shown a yellow card for a foul on Sylvester Jasper down the right flank. Matt Taylor made a double substitution after he brought off Michael Craig and Dane Scarlett for Chay Cooper and Enock Asante. Dennis Cirkin made an important challenge on Oliver O’Neill inside the Spurs box before Fulham got their fourth goal of the game through Sylvester Jasper. After Fabio Carvalho surged past Marqes Muir to latch onto a long pass, the skilful attacking midfielder burst into the Spurs box forcing a save out of Oluwayemi with a powerful effort on goal. The loose ball then came to Jasper who tucked the ball home at the back post. Dennis Cirkin then had a low shot from range saved by Ashby-Hammond after he had cut inside from the left flank.

Shortly after the restart Sylvester Jasper passed the ball to Jay Stansfield at Oluwayemi’s back post inside the Spurs box but Stansfield’s effort on goal was spectacularly saved by the diving Oluwayemi. Rafferty Pedder entered the field for Tarrelle Whittaker for the final moments of the game before the referee sounded his whistle for full time, bringing to an end a pretty one sided affair. Up next for Spurs is a home league game against Brighton, next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dermi Lusala: The right back had a decent game and he defended relatively well against potent Fulham winger Sylvester Jasper. Lusala did tend to get forward a lot and he whipped some inviting crosses into the Fulham box.
  • Marqes Muir: Although he struggled quite a bit in dealing with Fulham centre forward Jay Stansfield this was Muir’s first ever competitive game at this level, and he was unlucky on occasions against the ‘ Cottagers ‘. Muir did make some important interceptions throughout the game.
  • Luis Binks: Despite the fact that we conceded four goals, LCB Luis Binks was in my opinion our best outfield player on the day. Binks made some important clearances, challenges and blocks and he was commanding at the back and in the air.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The left back got up and down the left flank well and he did a reasonably good job at keeping Fulham winger Oliver O’Neill in check throughout the match.
  • Harvey White: The Tottenham captain patrolled the midfield well and he made some good passes during the match. White also made some nice meaty challenges.
  • Nile John: This was only the second time that I had seen John play and like Binks I thought that he was one of our better outfield players. John made some nice passes and his movement in the centre of the park was good.
  • Michael Craig: Craig operated in the unfamiliar position of RW and although he didn’t get many touches of the ball he tended to drift into more central positions on the pitch. 
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The Cam had a number of nice touches and he showed good skill. Furthermore, the first year scholar went on some good surging runs through the middle of the park.
  • Dane Scarlett: The schoolboy had a quiet game but he worked hard and he managed to get himself into some good positions.
  • Kion Etete: Despite not having the best service on the day the towering centre forward worked hard and he managed to battle for every ball. In addition, the 17 year old held the ball up well and he was good in the air. 
  • Chay Cooper: The second half substitute looked lively out wide and he showed initiative while he was on the field.
  • Enock Asante: The 17 year old made a couple of good runs during his time on the pitch and I thought that his movement was good.
  • Rafferty Pedder: N/A.

My man of the match: Our goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi was by far and away our best player on Saturday morning. The overage goalkeeper made a total of five saves on the day and some of them were fabulous. Oluwayemi’s distribution was decent on the day, as was the way in which he dealt with crosses and set pieces. However, it was his shot stopping which really caught the eye. The 18 year old made a number of top saves, including a spectacular late one to deny Jay Stansfield in the dying moments of the game. Were it not for Oluwayemi we would have lost the game by at least seven goals!