Spurs under 21’s versus Portsmouth: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Portsmouth: (match preview)

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Tomorrow night our development side will play their most important game of this season, when they travel down to the south coast to take on Portsmouth in their final group game of this seasons Checkatrade trophy. Wayne Burnett’s side are within touching distance of making history by reaching the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in the clubs history. After picking up four points from their first two group games against both Crawley and Gillingham, Burnett’s side occupy second place in the table, ahead of tomorrow’s crucial game at Fratton Park. For Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth side this competition won’t hold the same significance as it does for Burnett’s youngsters. ‘ Pompey ’ have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition following two wins from their first two group games, this despite the fact that Jackett has fielded a second string side for both of those matches. Kenny Jackett’s high flying Portsmouth have started the season in excellent form, and the league one leaders have only lost two of the 21 matches that they have played this season. Jackett previously spent some time coaching our under 18 side during the 2016/17 season (he is a thoroughly nice man!) and he currently has two former Spurs lads on his books, both of whom are likely to start tomorrow. Those are former Spurs goalkeeper Luke McGee (23) and our former defender Anton Walker who joined Portsmouth for a fee last summer. There a number of outcomes which could see us progress to the knockout stages of the competition following tomorrow’s game against Portsmouth. If Burnett’s side win tomorrow’s game in 90 minutes then they will qualify as group winners. If they draw the game in 90 minutes and then go onto win the resulting penalty shootout then they will qualify in second place. But here’s where things get a bit tricky, if Crawley beat Gillingham and we lose against Portsmouth then we are eliminated from the competition. However, if Crawley draw against Gillingham and then go onto win the penalty shootout and we lose tomorrow’s game, then it will all come down to goal difference. Following our excellent 4-0 win over Gillingham in the last game, Burnett’s side have the superior goal difference to Crawley who will be reliant on us losing by a heavy scoreline in order to progress.

Although Portsmouth don’t have a league game next weekend due to the ongoing international break, they will be without a whole host of key players for tomorrow nights game. Most notable of which is highly rated forward Ronan Curtis who has been called up to the Ireland senior squad. In addition, they aren’t likely to field other important players such as speedy winger Jamal Lowe and experienced centre forward Brett Pitman who is out injured. More encouraging news for Spurs, is that Portsmouth have given minutes to a number of their under 23 players in this seasons competition. 17 year old Joe Hancott and 16 year old Haji Mnoga are two of those players that Jackett has given debuts to in this competition. Whilst Portsmouth will be fielding a second string side for tomorrow nights game, Spurs head coach Wayne Burnett will also be making wholesale changes due to the ongoing international break. Key players Jack Role and Paris Maghoma are just two of seven players that Burnett will be missing for tomorrow’s game due to international call ups. In addition, we are missing the likes of Anthony Georgiou, Jonathan Dinzeyi and Shayon Harrison who are all out injured. On a more positive note 20 year old winger Shilow Tracey has returned to training following an injury he picked up for our under 23’a back in August, and could well feature tomorrow night. Under 18 players Luis Binks, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Rodel Richards, Troy Parrott and Harvey White are just some of the players who could find themselves being included in tomorrow’s match day squad. This is a massive game for Spurs and it will mean a hell of a lot more for our youngsters than it will for the Portsmouth players, especially as they have already qualified for the knockout stages. If Spurs approach tomorrow’s game in the same positive fashion that they did against both Crawley and Gillingham, then they will stand a fighting chance of defeating inform Portsmouth. After suffering disappointing defeats in our last two PL2 games, Burnett will be hoping that his side will be able to respond when his players make the trip down to the south coast on Tuesday. Whilst there has been a lot of disgruntled EFL fans following the introduction of academy sides into this competition. I know full well how much this competition means to our lads, and progressing to the next round of the it would mean the world to them at this stage in their careers. Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s game the whole experience of playing at a stadium like Fratton Park is one that will live long in these young players memories. I will be getting the train down to Portsmouth tomorrow evening to report on what promises to be a fascinating game of football. I wish all of our lads the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game, and whatever happens I have been immensely proud of how well our youngsters have performed in this competition, this season and I hope that they enjoy the occasion.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1)) Whiteman, Marsh (c), Tanganga, Binks, Brown, Bowden, Skipp, Oakley-Boothe, Richards, Duncan, Sterling.

Subs from: Austin, Lyons-Foster, Reynolds, White, Tracey, Parrott.

Injured/unavailable: Jonathan Dinzeyi (injured), Anthony Georgiou (injured), Luke Amos (injured), Shayon Harrison (injured), Jonathan De Bie (international duty), TJ Eyoma (international duty), Jack Roles (international duty), Malachi Walcott (international duty), Paris Maghoma (international duty), Maximus Tainio (international duty), J’Neil Bennett (international duty).

Doubtful: Tariq Hinds.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Andre Green. Some Spurs fans may remember us being linked with the skilful winger after he broke through the ranks at Aston Villa during the 2015/16 season. Now on loan at Portsmouth from Aston Villa following a season and a half of injury troubles, the 20 year old winger has made two appearances for ‘ Pompey ’ this season following his return from injury. And the former England under 20 international will definitely start against us tomorrow evening as confirmed by Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett in today’s press conference. The experienced Green’s pace and agility is likely to cause problems for Spurs down the channels. And neutralising the threat of the wide man could prove to be crucial come the end of tomorrow nights game.

ICYMI: https://superhotspur.com/2018/11/11/spurs-under-18s-3-1-swansea-city-match-report/

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Spurs under 18’s 3-1 Swansea City: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 3-1 Swansea City: (match report)

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Our second group game of this seasons premier league cup took place on Saturday morning at Hotspur Way. As Matt Wells inform side took on bottom of the group Swansea City with the sole objective of getting all three points. And despite making wholesale changes to his side for the visit of the ‘Swans’ to north London. Owing both to the impending international break and next Tuesdays hugely important Checkatrade trophy game against Portsmouth, Wells was understandably missing a couple of his regular players for the Swansea game. This was a positive thing as it gave starts to players who have hardly played for the under 18 side this season. Such as second year scholars Jubril Okedina and Elliot Thorpe who both made their first starts of the season for Matt Wells side. Spurs needed to win Saturdays game to bolster their chances of making the knockout stages of the competition. And despite a slow start to the game against a defensively resolute Swansea side, Wells side had to dig deep to achieve the win. A slow and pretty uneventful first half was ended in positive circumstances after Rayan Clarke gave Spurs the lead in the 38th minute of the game following a well worked move by the Lilywhites. Spurs enjoyed the lions share of possession throughout the game but we were unable to put the game to bed during the opening stages of the second half, despite creating a plethora of decent chances. And we were punished for this after Mason Jones-Thomas drew level for the visitors with a powerful strike on 69 minutes. However, the introduction of Irishman Troy Parrott shortly afterwards changed the game and the centre forward finished off an excellently worked move to regain Spurs’ lead in the 74th minute. And the win was made safe less than two minutes later, courtesy of an excellent solo goal from the impressive Dilan Markanday. It was an impressive win and performance from Spurs when you consider just how many changes were made from our league game against Fulham the previous week.

Following our 3-1 win over the ‘Swans’ we remain in second place in the group with six points to our name. Our final group game against table toppers Middlesbrough will decide who progresses out of the group as group winners. Matt Wells heavily rotated side for the visit of Anthony Wright’s Swansea side saw the Spurs head coach go for the 4-2-3-1 formation. Overage goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie started in goal whilst a back four of Tainio, Statham, Okedina and Markanday lined up in front of him. Phoenix Patterson and captain Armando Shashoua started in the middle of the park, as the attacking trio of Pochettino, Thorpe (his first ever under 18 start) and Clarke started behind lone striker Rodel Richards. Swansea got the premier league cup game underway on a cool autumnal morning in Enfield. Spurs created some good passages of play during the opening stages of the half as Mart Wells side hogged possession. Makeshift holding midfielder Phoenix Patterson made an important early interception on Swansea’s Mason Jones-Thomas on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, before Spurs winger Maurizio Pochettino had to receive treatment following Ben Erickson’s meaty challenge on him. Phoenix Patterson managed to make an important defensive intervention after the 18 year old trapped and cleared Jones-Thomas’ low cross inside the Spurs box. Josh Thomas then fired an effort narrowly wide of De Bie’s goal from the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, as Spurs struggled to find their rhythm in the game. A good jinking run from makeshift left back Dilan Markanday resulted in the 17 year old tricking his way past Bailey Owen inside the Swansea box before attempting to square the ball to Richards who was unable to make contact with the ball in the middle of the box. The game was very slow and it lacked any real sort of intensity from either side. This resulted in their being large periods of the half with nothing to write home on.

Spurs brightened up towards the end of the half and the energetic Dilan Markanday came desperately close to giving the boys from Bulls Cross the lead  on the stroke of halftime. After picking the ball up on the edge of the Swansea penalty area, Markanday drifted onto his right foot before curling an effort onto the upright, leaving Swansea goalkeeper Scott Reed with little chance of getting to the ball. However, a couple of minutes later Spurs did manage to find the breakthrough with six minutes of the first half remaining. Centre back Maxwell Statham who had defended superbly at the back during the first half, spotted Rayan Clarke out on the left flank. Statham picked the winger out with an accurate cross field diagonal pass to pick out the run of Clarke, who took the ball down before darting away from the Swansea defenders and down the left side of the penalty area. The Swansea defenders desperate appeals for an offside were ignored by the referee, and Clarke showed good composure to tuck the ball past Scott Reed and into the back of the net from five yards out, 1-0. Spurs created a good move shortly after the restart as Richards received Pochettino’s pass before passing the ball to Thorpe on the edge of the Swansea penalty area. However, the Wales youth international blazed the ball over Scott Reed’s crossbar, bringing a quiet first half to an end. Matt Wells side got the second half underway but it was the visitors who had the first attempt on goal of the half. After having the ball slipped into him down the right side of the penalty area by Ryan Bevan, Swansea’s Josh Thomas fired an effort into the side netting courtesy of a deflection off of Patterson who managed to get a vital touch on the ball. A nice bit of skill from Pochettino down the right wing a couple of minutes later, resulted in the teenager from Barcelona beating his man down the right hand side of the penalty area before cutting the ball back to Clarke on the edge of the area. However, Clarke’s powerful first time effort was well blocked by the brave Cameron Evans who threw himself in front of the ball.

Dilan Markanday had an effort on goal blocked by Bevan a couple of moments later before Swansea went on a dangerous attack down the other end. A well worked move from the Welsh club resulted in Josh Thomas threading a pass into Jones-Thomas, down the right side of the Spurs penalty area. The attacking midfielders low shot/cross was held by the diving De Bie. Phoenix Patterson almost managed to put Markanday through on goal with a nice lofted pass over the Swansea defence a couple of moments later, as Spurs started to change shape. Then in the 69th minute of the game Swansea drew level after De Bie had been caught out by Mason Jones-Thomas’ powerful low effort. Jones-Thomas created the goal out of nothing after he cut inside from the left flank as he beat Tainio for pace. Jones-Thomas continued towards the edge of the Spurs penalty area before rifling the ball across De Bie and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-1. Spurs responded through Rayan Clarke who cut inside from the left flank before blazing an effort well wide of Reed’s goal. Wells knew that he needed to shake things up in order to change the game and he introduced centre forward Troy Parrott for Elliot Thorpe in the 71st minute, Parrott moved up top whilst Richards dropped back into the number 10 role. The Irish starlet made an instant impact on the game and it took the inform striker less than three minutes to get on the scoresheet. Markanday passed the ball out to Rayan Clarke on the left wing, Clarke spotted the run of Parrott before cutting the ball across goal for the Dubliner to tap home at the back post. Spurs came close to extending their lead straight from the restart, after Markanday embarked on a good run down the left wing before slipping in Richards inside the penalty area. The 18 year old forwards powerful low effort forced a good stop at his near post from Swansea goalkeeper Scott Reed.

Matt Wells side made it 3-1 in the 76th minute of the game courtesy of an excellent solo goal from 17 year old Dilan Markanday. After Shashoua managed to get to the ball before a Swansea player, the Spurs captain poked the ball out to Markanday who advanced on a typical jinking run down the right wing. Markanday beat Daniel Williams before cutting inside Cameron Evans in the penalty area, and then tucking the ball past Scott Reed to finish off a fantastic solo effort to effectively put the game to bed, 3-1. Swansea centre half Cameron Evans felt that he should have been awarded a penalty kick a couple minutes later, after he went to meet Ryan Bevan’s corner kick inside the Spurs box, before going to ground at the back post. Evans was claiming to the referee that he had been pushed from behind by Spurs defender Jubril Okedina. Jeremie Mukendi replaced Dilan Markanday shortly afterwards, this resulted in Mukendi playing up top as Parrott played behind him. Spurs were now in full control of the game, a dangerous whipped cross from the right wing by Pochettino was almost turned into his own net by Ben Erickson. Jeremie Mukendi then had a penalty shout waived away after having his shirt pulled by Evans inside the Swansea penalty area after receiving Parrott’s pass. Matt Wells side were making a series of short passes in the centre of the park as they looked to see out the final minutes of the game against a tiring Swansea side. Spurs goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie got lucky after dropping substitute Owen Evans corner kick, before managing to smother the loose ball. Then in stoppage time defender Cameron Evans fired an effort wide of the Belgians goal with a deflection off of Statham helping to divert the ball away from goal. That was to be the final piece of action from the game, as Matt Wells side managed to record their second win in the competition this season. Our final group game against Middlesbrough next month will be a hugely important game for both sides. Our under 18’s next match is a massive north London derby against Arsenal in the league, on the 24th of this month.

Player reviews:

  • Jonathan De Bie: The overage goalkeeper had a very quiet game and the Belgian had very little to deal with. De Bie could have done nothing to prevent Mason Jones-Thomas’ goal, and other than that Swansea only managed one more shot on target. De Bie is likely to link up with the Belgian under 19 squad during the international break.
  • Maximus Tainio: The young Finn put in a solid performance at right back and he did well to keep the wide players in check throughout the game. Although Tainio had a good game on the whole, he did allow Mason Jones-Thomas to cut inside him for Swansea’s goal. Tainio will likely link up with the Finland under 19 side during the international break.
  • Maxwell Statham: The 18 year old centre half put in an excellent performance at rcb on only his third start for Matt Wells side this season. Statham formed a particularly strong defensive partnership with Okedina, and both players complimented each other throughout the game. Statham read the game well and did a good job at closing down the Swansea forwards as well as defending in tight spaces. Like Okedina the 18 year old was excellent in the air and he made a couple of really important blocks and interceptions. Statham got the assist for our opening goal after he picked out Rayan Clarke on the left flank with a superb Dawson-esque diagonal pass. He played a really big part in our victory over the South Wales club and he has been excellent whenever he has played for us this season. 
  • Jubril Okedina: I was very happy to see Okedina make his first start for Matt Wells side this season, when we took on Swansea on Saturday morning. Operating at lcb Okedina put in a real defensive shift for Spurs, and his lack of game time over the past year didn’t show in the slightest. Strong in the air and committed in the challenge the 18 year old centre half looked very comfortable on the ball and I was impressed with how composed he was both in and out of possession. Okedina made a number of important defensive interventions against Swansea. 
  • Dilan Markanday: Surprisingly the winger started at left back in the absence of Cirkin and Lyons-Foster. The tricky wide man slotted in well at left back although he would often switch positions with other players. Markanday carried the ball well and as always he used it positively and was constantly looking to take on and beat players down the channels. Markanday created a couple of good chances for Spurs and after hitting the post with an excellent effort on the stroke of halftime, Markanday scored a wonderful solo goal in the second half as he continues his excellent start to the season. Markanday has been directly involved in eight goals from the ten games that he has played for our under 18’s this season.
  • Phoenix Patterson: For the second consecutive under 18 game Patterson played as a holding midfielder, and once again the 18 year old put in a fine performance in the middle of the park. Patterson’s skill and agility helped him out in the central areas of the park and this helped him to carry the ball. Patterson made some good passes throughout the game and he did a good job at breaking up play and recycling possession, whilst making a number of important recoveries. 
  • Armando Shashoua: The skipper put in another energetic performance in the middle of the park and he made a positive contribution to the game. Shashoua kept things ticking and he used the ball intelligently when in possession. He worked tirelessly alongside Patterson (he played a slightly more advanced role than Patterson) and his constant chasing down of opposition players helped to force mistakes from the Swansea defence. Armando got the assist for Dilan Markanday’s goal late in the second half. Shashoua has now been directly involved in 12 goals for our under 18’s this season!
  • Maurizio Pochettino: Pochettino had a good game out on the right wing and he was positive and direct with the ball. Showing nice feet and a good turn of pace, Pochettino beat his man on numerous occasions and helped to create a couple of decent chances for his teammates. He also tracked back well after him.
  • Elliot Thorpe: The 18 year old Welshman impressed me on his first ever start for our under 18’s. Thorpe played behind lone striker Rodel Richards and during the first half he was one of our best players. The technically gifted Thorpe made some really clever passes and he constantly created space with his good movement and willingness to get into good positions. Thorpe had one attempt on goal during his time on the pitch, he was replaced by Troy Parrott in the 71st minute of time.
  • Rayan Clarke: The left winger had an excellent game and he chipped in with a goal and an assist. Clarke was a real live wire out on the left flank and he put in a shift at both ends of the park. Clarke made some excellently timed runs in and behind the Swansea defence and he beat the trap on several occasions. The 17 year old took his goal well after latching onto Statham’s long pass before darting into the Swansea box. Clarke also managed to set up Parrott for his goal. Clarke was one of the most positive attacking players on the pitch and he was always looking to take players on. He is such a direct and powerful winger who has really started to remind me of Andros Townsend.
  • Rodel Richards: Richards had a fairly quite game by his standards and the lone centre forward struggled to influence play during his time up top. Later reverting into the cam role, the hardworking forward managed to test Swansea goalkeeper Scott Reed on one occasion before being replaced by Jeremie Mukendi in the 80th minute.
  • Troy Parrott: My motm, see below.
  • Jeremie Mukendi: Mukendi made a positivelate cameo after replacing Richards in the 80th minute. Mukendi led the line for the final minutes of the game and he should have been awarded a penalty after going on a good run through the middle of the Swansea defence, before being fouled in the box.

My man of the match: Troy Parrott. The centre forward changed the game following his introduction in the 71st minute, with the scores still tied at 1-1. Parrott provided Spurs with a focal point up top, and the hardworking and imposing presence of the Irishman helped us to break down what had been a very solid Swansea defence. Some excellent movement shortly after his introduction resulted in the 16 year old managing to get in a good position to convert Clarke’s low cross. Parrott looked so sharp and powerful and his darting movement really upset the Swansea defence. He held the ball up well and he used it unselfishly, going on some good runs through the middle after picking up the ball on the edge of the six yard box. He looked on another level to anyone else on the park and that sheer quality proved to be the difference between the two sides on the day. Parrott has taken to under 18 football like a duck to water, finding the back of the net on eight occasions from just five appearances. The Dubliner has also laid off three goals for his teammates. I would expect him to be involved in the squad that travels to Portsmouth on Tuesday for our Checkatrade trophy game at Fratton park.

Spurs: De Bie, Tainio, Markanday (Mukendi 80), Patterson, Statham, Okedina, Pochettino, A.Shashoua (c), Richards, Thorpe (Parrott 71), Clarke. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, White.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2018/19

Goals scored: Troy Parrott – 8

Dilan Markanday – 6

J’Neil Bennett – 5

Rayan Clarke – 5

Armando Shashoua – 4

Harvey White – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Jeremie Mukendi – 2

Rodel Richards – 2

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Luis Binks – 2

Phoenix Patterson – 2

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Assists: Armando Shashoua – 8

Harvey White – 7

Jamie Bowden – 5

Phoenix Patterson – 4

Troy Parrott – 3

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Dilan Markanday – 2

J’Neil Bennett – 2

Rodel Richards – 2

Rayan Clarke – 2

Paris Maghoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Malachi Walcott – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Maxwell Statham – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 3

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

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

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Our under 18’s will face Swansea City tomorrow at Hotspur Way in their second premier league cup game of this season. Matt Wells side sit second in their group after winning their opening game against Wolves in September, and a win over the ‘Swans’ on Saturday morning would leave them in with a great chance of topping the group and progressing to the knockout stages of the competition. Middlesbrough lead the group on goal difference after beating Swansea 6-1 in the opening round of matches. Matt Wells high flying side recorded a hard fought 1-1 draw with Fulham in a league game last Saturday, and that was the closest that his unbeaten side had come to being defeated in a game this season. Due to the fact that England’s under 17 team are competing in a tournament in Ireland at the moment, Spurs will be without important defenders Dennis Cirkin and Malachi Walcott for tomorrow’s cup game. However, this will give vital game time to some of our other defenders who haven’t played much for Matt Wells side so far this season. Tomorrow’s premier league cup game was originally scheduled to kick off at 1pm however, the game will now kick off at 11am. I am told that this is down to the fact that Swansea will now be staying overnight in a hotel before the game rather than travelling down to London on the day. Spurs will be feeling confident going into this cup game due to the fact that Swansea who are co managed by Anthony Wright and Jon Gray are in such poor league form this season. The South Wales club who we defeated 5-1 in the league back in August, have had a really difficult start to the new season. Swansea sit in 11th place in the southern division and the ‘Swans’ have only won one of their opening nine league games this campaign. The Swans have three players who have caught my eye over the last year or so whenever we have played them. 

The first player is powerful right back Jayden Reid who had a stunning game against our under 23’s during the ‘Swans’ 4-1 win over us the previous week. However, due to the fact that he is already a regular for Swansea’s development side, I would highly doubt that he will the make the trip to north London for tomorrow’s game. The other two players are talented young English centre forward Shaquille Wynter-Coles (18) and the half brother of our former player Eidur Gudjohnsen, Arnor Borg. Arnor Borg Gudjohnsen operates primarily as a ten. There is likely to be quite a bit of rotation from Matt Wells tomorrow, this could see the likes of Maxwell Statham, Kacper Kurylowicz, Jubril Okedina and Elliot Thorpe get much needed starts for the under 18’s. Tomorrow’s game is a big one for our lads and they’ll be desperate to return to winning ways and there’s no better way to do that than in a cup competition. And talking of cup competitions the draw for the third round of this seasons FA youth cup was made earlier today. We have been draw away to category two Millwall with the game set to be played at the Den sometime before the 16th of December. I’m really looking forward to our premier league cup game against the ‘Swans’ tomorrow and my in-depth report of the game will be out on Sunday afternoon. I wish all of our lads the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Okedina, Statham, Lyons-Foster, White, A.Shashoua (c), Patterson, Markanday, Thorpe, Clarke, Richards.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Tainio, Pochettino, Bennett, Mukendi.

Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin (international duty), Malachi Walcott (international duty), Paris Maghoma (international duty), Luis Binks (suspended).

Doubtful: Enoch Asante, Troy Parrott, Rafferty Pedder, Maximus Tainio.

Previous meeting: Spurs 5-1. 

My score prediction: Spurs 4-0.

My one to watch: Swansea’s 18 year old centre forward and joint top scorer for their under 18’s this season with two goals, Shaquille Wynter-Coles. 

ICYMI: https://superhotspur.com/2018/11/08/spurs-under-19s-2-0-psv-match-report/

Spurs under 19’s 2-0 PSV: (match report)

Spurs under 19’s 2-0 PSV: (match report)

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Another mature European performance from Matt Wells under 19 side resulted in Spurs picking up their first win of this season UEFA youth league campaign, after they defeated PSV 2-0 at Hotspur Way on Tuesday afternoon. Wells side dug deep and they showed both the defensive might and attacking prowess needed in order to overcome Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s very technical PSV side. It was far from an easy win for Spurs, it was an enthralling end to end game with chances aplenty at both ends of the pitch. However, Wells young side managed the game well and thanks to an excellent team performance Spurs’ class really showed against PSV, who included former Spurs schoolboy Noni Madueke in their starting 11. Our win over PSV on Tuesday afternoon saw us leapfrog Van Nistelrooy’s side to move up to second in the group, leaving us in great stead of making the knockout stages with just two group games remaining. The first half was played at an extremely high tempo and this resulted in both sides creating a number of chances. After 16 year old centre half Malachi Walcott put Spurs ahead in the fifth minute of time with his bullet header from a Jamie Bowden corner, Spurs took control of the game and had a number of chances to double their lead. However, PSV always posed a threat going forwards and they took a hold of the game for the last 25 minutes of the half, testing our goalkeeper Brandon Austin on multiple occasions. The second half was a quieter affair and Matt Wells side managed the game a lot better from a defensive perspective. Spurs put the game to bed in stoppage time after Troy Parrott finished off an excellent counter attack to spark jubilant scenes of celebration amongst the Spurs players, who now stand a great chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition. Wells opted to go for the 4-3-3 formation for our encounter with Van Nistelrooy’s attacking side. The captain Brandon Austin started in goal whilst a back four of Lyons-Foster, Walcott, Eyoma and Brown lined up in front of him. The midfield trio of Maghoma, Bowden and White played in the middle of the park, whilst wide men J’Neil Bennett and Phoenix Patterson played either side of centre forward Troy Parrott, who led the line.

PSV got the game underway on one of the pristine pitches at Hotspur Way, the Dutch side were cheered on by a whole host of the players parents, who had made the trip to London from Holland to watch their sons’ play. It didn’t take long before the game started to get going and the first decent chance of the match fell to Van Nistelrooy’s side. After pouncing on some sloppy play from Spurs, Joel Piroe picked up the ball before slipping through Belgian Yorbe Vertessen who travelled into the Spurs penalty area. However, the PSV centre forwards powerful low strike flew narrowly wide of Austin’s near hand post. Phoenix Patterson then went on a mazy run at the other end before being intercepted inside the PSV box by defender Andrew Mendonça who ended up putting the ball behind for a Spurs corner. And it was from the following corner kick that Spurs took the lead, after Jamie Bowden whipped a delicious ball into the danger zone, young centre back Malachi Walcott leapt ahead of his marker at the near post before powering a bullet header past PSV goalkeeper Kyan Van Dorp from close range, 1-0. Sekou Sidibe blazed an effort wide from 20 yards out after he latched onto a headed clearance from Harvey White following a corner for the home side. And Sidibe tried his luck on goal again a couple of minutes later after the Belgian cut inside from the left wing before rifling an effort wide of Austin’s goal. Matt Wells side had started to take too many touches in the middle of the park and this left them susceptible to making mistakes in dangerous areas. Brandon Austin did ever so well to tip behind Sidibe’s curling free kick before it bent into the top right hand corner of his goal, as PSV continued to put the Spurs defence under pressure. And the Tottenham goalkeeper made another even better stop just a couple of minutes later to deny Joel Piroe.

A short corner from Sidibe picked out Nigel Thomas whose pacy cross into the danger zone was met by Joel Piroe. The Dutch teenager got behind the ball well before powering a header towards the inside of Austin’s near post. However, the teenager from Hemel Hempstead managed to make a truly outstanding reflex save to push the ball behind for a corner kick. The so far solid TJ Eyoma made an important interception to win the ball off of Vertessen on the edge of the Spurs penalty area, as Wells side got lucky after losing possession in their own half. Then at the other end of the pitch midfielder Paris Maghoma came desperately close to doubling Spurs’ advantage. Maghoma’s powerful dipping effort from 25 yards out appeared to be heading into the top left hand corner of Van Dorp’s goal, but it flashed narrowly wide at the last moment much to the 17 year olds disbelief. Hardworking centre forward Troy Parrott managed to win a free kick out on the left flank shortly afterwards. The ever influential Bowden elected to take it and the 17 year olds pacy delivery was punched frantically clear by Van Dorp just before Eyoma could head home. Paris Maghoma then curled an effort wide from the edge of the penalty area after receiving Jamie Bowden’s pass. Spurs continued to work the PSV defence as they enjoyed a good spell in the game. A well worked move saw Brown pass the ball to Bowden who shifted it into the feet of Maghoma who slipped the ball into Parrott inside the penalty area. However, the Irishman took one touch too many inside the box before having his shot blocked by a PSV defender. J’Neil Bennett then had an effort on goal deflected wide a couple of moments later before Patterson cut inside from the left wing before firing the ball straight at Rico Zeegers. Jamie Bowden then had to be alert to clear Joel Piroe’s free kick at the other end of the pitch as both sides tried to catch each other on the break. Left back Jaden Brown picked up the first yellow card of the game shortly afterwards, after he cynically stopped Zeegers from breaking down the wing, an area of the pitch that the visitors were constantly trying to catch us out on.

Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin then had a nervy moment after he kicked the ball straight at Nigel Thomas inside the Spurs box. Luckily for Austin the ball bounced straight back into his arms. Spurs’ tempo had dropped significantly during the final stages of the half and PSV had now taken control of the game. A good darting run from Thomas down the left resulted in him squaring the ball to Vertessen in the centre of the Spurs box. The Belgian left the ball for Piroe whose powerful low effort on goal was heroically blocked on the line by the sliding Malachi Walcott. PSV came desperately close to drawing level once again after Thomas played in Vertessen who travelled into the Spurs box where he found himself one on one with Austin. However, the Spurs goalkeeper produced a magnificent save with his feet to prevent Vertessen’s powerful low effort from finding the back of the net, in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway and we were joined by two familiar faces Mauricio Pochettino who viewed the game from the stands and one Jan Vertonghen who was standing behind me. PSV started the half sharply and a good incisive move right at the beginning of the half resulted in Sidibe squaring the ball for Vertessen in the centre of the Spurs box from out on the left flank. However, the Belgian centre forward dragged his first time effort across the face of Brandon Austin’s goal. A crunching sliding challenge from Nigel Thomas then drew a yellow card from Northern Irish referee Ian McNabb (who put in one of the best referring performances that I have seen in a long time!). Bennett however, felt that Thomas’ foul warranted more than a yellow card and he began to protest to McNabb but Maghoma smartly told him to calm down and Bennett left it at that. Attacking midfielder Paris Maghoma had an effort blocked by Tijn Daverveld before Wells made a slightly surprising change in the 55th minute after he brought off the impressive Jamie Bowden for Tashan Oakley-Boothe in the centre of the park.

J’Neil Bennett nodded an effort at goal wide from Harvey White’s cross before the Tottenham midfielder manage to head the ball towards Parrott on the edge of the penalty area, but the centre forward poked it well wide of goal. Van Nistelrooy’s PSV side had now changed their tactics and they had started to be a lot more direct in their play. Armando Obispo curled a free kick wide from range. The resulting goal kick from Austin came all the way to Bennett at the other end of the pitch as the young winger took the ball into the PSV box, before trying to take it around Van Dorp. However, the 16 year old was taken out by the PSV goalkeeper and no penalty kick was given by McNabb to the amazement of the Tottenham forward. Spurs went on a good counter attack from a PSV corner a couple of minutes later as Oakley-Boothe passed the ball out to Maghoma who exchanged passes with Parrott as they broke forwards. The latter ended up leaving the ball for Patterson down the left hand side of the PSV box, and the Scotland under 19 international forced a good save from Van Dorp with a powerful effort at his near post. Patterson was withdrawn moments later in place of the more direct Dilan Markanday. Bennett had an effort on goal blocked by Dennis Vos after he had cut inside from the left, before the visitors went on a dangerous attack down the other end. After Vertessen passed the ball down the right wing for substitute Zakaria Aboukhlal the Dutch under 19 international advanced forward before blazing an effort over Austin’s crossbar. Paris Maghoma was replaced by Jack Roles shortly afterwards as the Cyprus under 21 international slotted into the centre of midfield alongside Oakley-Boothe and White. The game had started to go flat, Oakley-Boothe blocked Rico Zeegers effort from long range before Austin managed to hold Vertessen’s headed effort on goal after he had met Dennis Vos’ cross inside the box. Brown went on a darting run through the middle shortly afterwards before being closed down by Armando Obispo on the edge of the PSV box.

Van Nistelrooy’s side were presented with a golden chance minutes later after Harvey White passed the ball straight to Vertessen, who drove past Walcott before entering the Spurs penalty area and dragging an effort across goal. J’Neil Bennett then received a yellow card for a foul on his former Spurs under 16 teammate Noni Madueke, and it was from the following free kick that came the final and most important goal of the game. The newly introduced Damian Timan’s free kick was headed away to Roles on the edge of the penalty area by White. Roles looked up before passing the ball out to Bennett on the left flank and the speedy winger used to his pace to dart past Timan before continuing down the left flank, and all the way to the byline before squaring the ball for Parrott who had made a run into the middle of the PSV penalty area. The Dubliner made no mistake from close range as he tapped home to secure the win for Matt Wells side, 2-0. It was a brilliant counter attack from Spurs which was executed with such class and precision. In the end it was a very mature performance from Spurs who have now moved up to second place in the group with six points to their name. The young Lilywhites penultimate group game is at home to Inter Milan at the end of this month. Spurs are now in with an excellent chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition.

Player reviews: 

  • Brandon Austin: My motm, see below. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The second year scholar had a sterling game at right back where he protected that side of the pitch so well. As always Lyons-Foster’s reading of the game was second to none, and he was intelligent both in and out of possession. Keeping left winger Nigel Thomas in check for the majority of Tuesday’s game, the defender from Islington, north London didn’t put a foot wrong, and he was so disciplined in defence, with his many well timed interceptions and headed clearances. What I also really liked about the 17 year olds performance was how often he would give out advice to his teammates, particularly when they were in too much of a rush to take a throw in during the latter stages of the game. It’s little things like that which make you appreciate just how good his all round ability as a defender is, even when he is not playing in his natural position of central defence. Hopefully he will play in that position for our under 18’s in their premier league cup game against Swansea on Saturday.
  • Malachi Walcott: The 16 year old who operated at rcb put in a heroic performance for Matt Wells side. The youngest player in the Spurs side, Walcott put in an excellent defensive performance and he proved to be crucial to Spurs picking up all three points. After scoring a fine header to open the scoring inside the first five minutes of the game, Walcott made some crucial interventions at the other end of the pitch. He made a spectacular goal saving block on the line (something which he is a specialist at doing!) as well as making a number of important and well timed interceptions throughout the game. Furthermore, the England youth international was dominant in the air and he won the vast majority of aerial duels. He worked well alongside TJ Eyoma who operated at lcb. Walcott has now linked up with the England under 17 team for a tournament  in Ireland. 
  • TJ Eyoma: The England youth international put in an impeccable performance at lcb. Eyoma did his job very well like his younger centre back partner Walcott and the England under 19 international hardly ever put a foot wrong. He read the game very well and maintained good positioning throughout the match as he kept the potent Vertessen in check. You really couldn’t fault Eyoma’s performance in anyway. I would be very surprised if Eyoma wasn’t included in the England under 19 squad for the forthcoming international break. 
  • Jaden Brown: The left back had a good game and he impressed me with his many galavanting runs down the left flank, as well as his overall defending against the speedy Sekou Sidibe who was probably PSV’s best player on the day.
  • Jamie Bowden: The words outstanding and Jamie Bowden seem to go together like two peas in a pod. And that is the exact word that I would use to describe the classy 17 year old midfielders performance against PSV on Tuesday in the UEFA youth league, despite the fact that he only completed 55 minutes of the game. Bowden was his usual classy self, he was both expressive going forwards and defensively disciplined. The Londoner who has unbelievably still not been called up to represent Ireland at youth level got the assist for Walcott’s opener after whipping a delicious corner kick into the box. Bowden dictated play from the middle of the park for the remainder of the half and he made a couple of really good passes and was constantly involved in our attacks. I was quite surprised that he was brought off so early on in the second half, but perhaps it is to keep him fresh for our important Checkatrade trophy game against Portsmouth next week.
  • Harvey White: On his first start in this competition the inform 17 year old put in a really assured performance in the centre of the park. White was the most defensive and deep lying of our three central midfielders. The Maidstone born White adapted well to the game and he essentially performed a very Kante-esque role. White always made safe short passes and in the absence of Oliver Skipp he helped to recycle possession and break up play. He showed good stamina and understanding of the game and as a result he played a big part in our win over the Dutch side.
  • J’Neil Bennett: Although Bennett started out on the right wing he would later switch sides with Patterson. The speedy 16 year old gave a good account of himself down the channels and a fine performance from the former QPR schoolboy was capped off with an excellent solo run and assist for Parrott’s late goal. Bennett showed excellent late stamina to get away from Timan down the left wing and run the whole length of the pitch before squaring the ball for Parrott to convert from inside the penalty area. 
  • Paris Maghoma: Maghoma started the game in the middle of a midfield three and the 17 year old was the most advanced of the three midfielders. Maghoma was prominent going forwards and he linked up well with the likes of Parrott and Bennett. Maghoma was particularly threatening during the first half and he had quite a few shots on goal, and was always positive with the ball at his feet. Once again Maghoma made some excellently timed runs in and behind the PSV defence.
  • Phoenix Patterson: Starting out on the left wing Patterson had a good game for Matt Wells side. Patterson went on some promising weaving runs and would often look to cut inside onto his right foot. Patterson was replaced by Markanday in the 69th minute.
  • Troy Parrott: The 16 year old led the line superbly against PSV, everything from his hold up play to positioning and well timed runs through the middle were all top class. Parrott was sharp and his quick feet and spacial awareness helped to create openings for his teammates. The hardworking and high pressing Dubliner was rewarded for his efforts with a well deserved goal in second half stoppage time. Parrott made an excellent run from his own box all the way into the PSV box to tap home Bennett’s cross to secure the points for Spurs. His work rate is absolutely tremendous and it’s an aspect of his game which will really impress Pochettino and his coaching hierarchy.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The substitute who came on in the 55th minute of the game to replace Jamie Bowden in the middle of the park, gave the side a different edge to their game. Oakley-Boothe closed down the PSV players well and he helped Spurs to control the midfield. This helped Spurs to see out the game.
  • Dilan Markanday: He was a lot more direct than Patterson was out on the right wing however, Markanday didn’t see much of the ball during his time on the pitch despite his best efforts to get forward.
  • Jack Roles: Although Roles was only on the pitch for a short time the midfielder played a part in our second goal of the game by picking our Bennett on the left wing, before the winger went on a long surging run.

My man of the match: Brandon Austin. The skipper made four saves in total against PSV, three of which could only be described as world class. Those three excellent saves made by the England youth international in the first half defined the game, and ultimately ensured that Spurs got all three points. Commanding and effective at dealing with set pieces and crosses, Austin’s kicking was also good on the day. However, the skipper made three decisive saves in the game. The first being the one to divert Sidibe’s curling free kick from nestling inside the top right hand corner of the goal. The second was an incredible reflex save to somehow deny Joel Piroe’s bullet header from hitting the back of the net. Not only did Austin show excellent reflexes to make the save, he also got a very strong hand on the ball to palm it away from danger. The final decisive save that he made was the one to prevent Vertessen from scoring a one on one. Austin made a smart stop with his feet to deny the prolific Belgian centre forward. It was an excellent all round goalkeeping performance from the 19 year old as he continues his excellent start to the 2018/19 season.

Spurs: Austin (c), Lyons-Foster, Brown, White, Walcott, Eyoma, Bennett, Bowden (Oakley-Boothe 55), Parrott, Maghoma (Roles 78),Patterson (Markanday 69). Substitutes (not used) Kurylowicz, A Shashoua, Binks, Richards.

PSV Van Dorp, Zeegers, Daverveld, Obispo, Vos, Mendonça (Kjolo 46), Sidibe (Aboukhlal 69), Sadilek (c), Vertessen, Piroe (Madueke 57), Thomas (Timan 75). Substitutes (not used): Delanghe, Kuisch, Antonisse.

Goals: Walcott 5, Parrott 90+2.

Yellow Cards: Spurs – Brown 36, Bennett 90+1; PSV – Sadilek 48, Zeegers 87.

Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR).

Venue: Hotspur Way, Enfield.

Attendance: 253.

Spurs under 19’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Jack Roles – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Jaden Brown – 1

Malachi Walcott – 1

Troy Parrott – 1

Assists: Jamie Bowden – 3

Troy Parrott – 2

J’Neil Bennett – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Spurs under 19’s versus PSV: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus PSV: (match preview)

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Our under 19’s have a crucial game tomorrow lunchtime at Hotspur Way, when they take on PSV in the UEFA youth league. With three draws from their opening three group stages games in the competition, Matt Wells talented young side will know that they will have to win tomorrow against the Dutch side if they want to progress to the knockout stages. All three of our performances in this competition this season have been excellent despite the fact that we haven’t won a game. In our last game came against tomorrow’s visitors, Rudd Van Nistelrooy’s highly thought of PSV side. We fought back from two goals down in Eindhoven to record a dramatic 2-2 draw courtesy of Jaden Brown’s equaliser at the death. Tomorrow’s game promises to be fascinating viewing (sadly it is isn’t being shown in the UK) and with both sides so eager to get all three points I would expect both teams to lineup in attacking formations. Amongst Van Nistelrooy’s many fine talents are Vertessen, creative midfielder Ihattaren and midfielder anchorman Sadilek. It will be interesting to see what side Wells and McDermott will pick for tomorrow’s game. I would expect both Bowden and Maghoma to play in the middle of the park, but with it not being known whether or Skipp will be involved in the champions league game that evening. It’s very hard to predict. Apologies for my short preview but I will be at Hotspur Way reporting on tomorrow’s game, and I shall have my in-depth report out by the following day. 

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Austin (c), Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Binks, White, Bowden, Maghoma, Brown, Roles, Richards, Parrott.

Subs from: De Bie, Walcott, Oakley-Boothe, Patterson, A.Shashoua Markanday, Bennett. 

Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin (international duty with England), Jonathan Dinzeyi (injury), Enock Asante (injury).

Doubtful: Tariq Hinds (injury), Oliver Skipp (Possible first team involvement).

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.

My one to watch: PSV’s Belgian centre forward Yorbe Vertessen has one goal from his opening three UEFA youth league games this campaign. The technically talented Belgian international impressed me during last summers under 17 European championships in England.

Spurs under 18’s 1-1 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 1-1 Fulham: (match report)

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Our under 18’s faced their biggest test of the domestic season on Saturday afternoon, when they took on Fulham in a league game at their Motspur Park training ground. Matt Wells side were top of the southern league going into this game however, after recording a 1-1 draw with their London rivals. Wells side have now been leapfrogged in the table by Arsenal who beat Swansea on the same day. Our encounter with Fulham was an intriguing one to say the very least, it was a game of two contrasting halves. The first half was controlled by Matt Wells side who dominated possession against Colin Omogbehin’s defensive side, which included talented schoolboy Harvey Elliott in their starting 11. Fulham approached the game in a really negative way and their defensive lineup really frustrated Mart Wells’ attacking side in the first half, who were unable to make their possession count. Both wide men Dilan Markanday and Rodel Richards had been neutralised by the Fulham fullbacks and were unable to make their usual impact on the game. Whilst the first half had few clear cut chances in it, the second half was a completely different story. Fulham came out of their shell and started to play their own brand of fast paced attacking football, and this caught the Tottenham defence by surprise. Chances were aplenty at both ends of the pitch in what was an enthralling half of football. After threatening during the opening stages of the half, the home side took the lead in the 53rd minute through centre forward Timmy Abraham (brother of Tammy). However, Spurs equalised through Phoenix Patterson’s fine low strike less than 12 minutes later. Fulham had the far better chances during the remaining 25 minutes of the game. After Luis Binks conceded a penalty and was dismissed with a straight red card on 88 minutes, Fulham had the chance to win the game. However, Harvey Elliot’s penalty was excellently saved by Joshua Oluwayemi who would go onto make an equally important save a matter of moments later to ensure that Spurs’ unbeaten record stands for another week at least.

Matt Wells side lined up in the 4-2-3-1 formation with Joshua Oluwayemi starting in goal, whilst a back four of Lyons-Foster, Walcott, Binks and Cirkin lined up in front of him. Harvey White and captain Armando Shashoua started in central midfield, as the attacking trio of Markanday, Patterson and Richards stood behind Jeremie Mukendi who made only his sixth appearance of the season. Both sets of players and spectators observed a minutes silence prior to kick off for the victims of the tragic Leicester helicopter crash, in addition both sets of players wore black armbands. Spurs got the game underway on a cool Saturday morning at Motspur Park, Wells side knocked the ball around the park in the opening minutes of the game before they initiated their first decent chance of the game. A good run from Shashoua down the right flank resulted in the Spurs skipper crossing the ball for Richards inside the Fulham box, but the forward was unable to get the ball under control and as a result he was unable to get a shot away. Joshua Oluwayemi did well to gather Cody Drameh’s cross a couple of minutes later, before Jeremie Mukendi poked an effort across the face of the Fulham goal after picking up the ball down the left hand side of the Fulham penalty area. Phoenix Patterson fired over from long range a couple of minutes later after receiving Shashoua’s pass as Spurs continued to hog possession. Patterson then curled an effort over Toni Stahl’s crossbar after receiving Markanday’s pass on the edge of the Fulham penalty area. Wells side worked another good attacking a couple of moments later, after a good passing move saw Shashoua pick up the ball from Lyons-Foster before he played in Patterson inside the box. However, just as the Spurs forward was about to pull the trigger Richards came across him and was unable to make significant contact on the ball to test Stahl. Dilan Markanday won a free kick in a promising position shortly after. Harvey White’s resulting effort was headed over the Fulham crossbar by Drameh.

And the Tottenham midfielder almost managed to set Mukendi through on goal with a lovely lofted pass over the Fulham defence a couple of moments later. Dilan Markanday had a promising shot blocked by Sylvester Jasper on the edge of the penalty area shortly afterwards, as Spurs continued to test the Fulham defence before the Spurs winger curled over from the edge of the penalty area. Rodel Richards then had an effort on goal blocked by Tristan Cover a couple of moments later, as Spurs continued to threaten the Fulham defence. Fulham were defending very well and they weren’t allowing the Tottenham players much space to get a shot away. The hardworking Richards had an effort defected wide of the mark by Ben Davis a matter of seconds after he had been crowded out inside the Fulham box by opposition defenders. A long in-swinging cross from White a matter of minutes later, was gathered by Stahl as Spurs continued to struggle to break down the ‘Cottagers’ defence. Markanday then had an effort on goal blocked by Zico Asare inside the Fulham box after he had the ball slipped slipped into him by the adventurous Cirkin down the left. Spurs then had a goal ruled out for offside right on the stroke of halftime. After Patterson had passed the ball to Richards, he slotted the ball through to Mukendi who managed to clip home from inside the Fulham box. However, the linesman on the near side had adjudged him to have been in an offside position. Colin Omogbehin’s side got the second half underway but it was Spurs who would have the first real chance of the half. After Patterson passed the ball to Shashoua, the Spurs captain fed the ball into Markanday who darted down the right side of the Fulham box. Markanday then cut inside onto his left foot before curling an effort narrowly over Stahl’s crossbar from close range. The Fulham goalkeeper was forced into making an excellent save a couple of minutes later to prevent Phoenix Patterson’s low curler from nestling into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, after he had received Cirkin’s pass on the edge of the box.

However, a matter of minutes later Oluwayemi found himself fishing the ball out of the back of the Spurs goal, after Fulham had taken a surprise lead. Omogbehin’s side had caught us on the break with an incisive move through the middle of the pitch which saw Fabio Carvalho slip the ball into Abraham who was through on goal. The Fulham centre forward got away from Walcott inside the box before curling the ball into the bottom right hand corner of Oluwayemi’s goal, 0-1. Rayan Clarke replaced fullback Brooklyn Lyons-Foster shortly afterwards as Wells looked to add some fire power to his side. And the wide man made an instant impact for Spurs after he assisted Phoenix Patterson’s equaliser a matter of moments after coming on. It was the response that the Spurs coaches would have been looking for as Clarke passed the ball to Patterson on the edge pf the Fulham penalty area, from the left wing. Patterson showed good feet as he shimmied his way past a Fulham defender before firing an unstoppable effort into the bottom right hand corner of the goal, 1-1. Joshua Oluwayemi produced an excellent save at his near post straight after the restart to prevent Harvey Elliott’s powerful effort from close range, after he had received Carvalho’s pass down the left side of the Spurs box. And the home side came desperately close to regaining their lead a couple of minutes later, after Jasper sent a looping pass over the Spurs defence to set Abraham one on one with Oluwayemi. However, the Fulham centre forward slipped at the vital moment just as he was about to round the helpless Tottenham goalkeeper, as the game developed into a really end to end encounter. Markanday had a decent chance at the other end of the park shortly afterwards, following Shashoua’s pass into him inside the box. However, Markanday forced a comfortable save out of Stahl with his tame toe poke. Shashoua was unhappy with Markanday and he had roared at him to hold the ball. Fulham then went straight down the other end and in all honesty they should have regained their lead.

After Cover had blatantly handled the ball as he sprinted down the left wing, the Fulham fullback skinned Binks before darting into the penalty area, and jinking inside White before firing over from close range. Spurs then advanced down the other end as Clarke passed to Markanday and then Shashoua who slipped the ball into Mukendi inside the box. However, the forwards powerful effort on goal was blocked on the line by Fulham’s Sonny Hilton. Harvey White blocked Harvey Elliot’s effort from long range a couple of minutes later, before centre forward Jeremie Mukendi was replaced for defender Jubril Okedina who slotted in at right back. The impressive Oluwayemi then did a good job at holding Carvalho’s powerful low cross, before White found Shashoua with a pacy long ball inside the Fulham box at the other end. However, the Spurs captain was crowded out by white shirts and was unable to square the ball for Markanday out on the right. Although Markanday did have an effort blocked by a Fulham defender shortly afterwards from close range. The courageous Dennis Cirkin who had protected that left hand side so effectively throughout the game, ended up clashing heads with Cody Drameh. Despite the Spurs coaches having Elliot Thorpe all ready to come on, the heavily bandaged Cirkin battled on to play the remainder of the game. The tenacious Luis Binks then made an important block  from the newly introduced Terry Ablade shortly after the restart. Before Oluwayemi frantically tipped a cross from Hilton over his crossbar moments later. Rodel Richards then saw his deflected cross fly right across the face of the Fulham goal, as both sides went in search of a late winner. Then came a significant moment in the game, as centre back Luis Binks was sent off for denying Davis a clear goalscoring opportunity. A powerful break down the left wing resulted in the ball coming to substitute Terry Ablade who quickly played the ball into Ben Davis who managed to get away from Binks inside the Tottenham penalty area, before being blatantly tugged back by the young centre half. The referee had no choice but to give Binks a straight red card and to point to the penalty spot.

The resulting penalty kick was taken by schoolboy Harvey Elliott whose powerful low effort towards the bottom left hand corner of the goal, was excellently saved by the diving Oluwayemi before it was cleared. This sparked jubilant scenes of celebration amongst the Spurs players who all rushed over to congratulate Oluwayemi. The Tottenham goalkeeper spilt Drameh’s cross moments later before Fulham had another golden opportunity to net a late winner. A wonderful passing move from the home side resulted in the ball being worked out to Elliott on the right wing, the England youth international shimmied his way past Patterson before playing a lovely pass into Ablade with the outside of his boot. This sent Ablade through on goal with only Oluwayemi to beat however, his powerful low effort was excellently stopped by the left boot of the 17 year old goalkeeper, to the astonishment of the spectators. Rayan Clarke had a hopeful late shot blocked before the referee brought a dramatic game of football to an end much to the relief of the Tottenham Hotspur players and officials, as their extraordinary unbeaten run from April continues thanks to as superb display from Oluwayemi. Up next for our under 18’s is a home game against Swansea in the premier league cup, next Saturday afternoon.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: Making four saves in total (three of which were top class), Oluwayemi’s excellent performance against Fulham ensured that Spurs’ unbeaten record still stands. Oluwayemi was the difference between us picking up a point against Fulham or going home empty handed. The 17 year olds all round game was good but it was the three excellent saves that  he made in particular (especially the penalty save) which defined the game. He demonstrated outstanding reflexes and even though Elliott’s penalty was well taken Oluwayemi got down so quickly to make the save.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Playing at right back Lyons-Foster completed 62 minutes of Saturdays game after he returned from a minor injury that he picked up during our 6-1 win over Aston Villa. Lyons-Foster defended well down that side of the pitch, and his sheer presence helped to prevent Sylvester Jasper from enjoying much luck out wide. Lyons-Foster was solid and didn’t put a foot wrong. 
  • Malachi Walcott: It was an impressive performance from the 16 year old centre half who operated at rcb. Walcott made a couple of really important defensive contributions and his strong defending alongside Binks helped to quell the threat of the potent Timmy Abraham for the majority of the game.
  • Luis Binks: First of all I think that young Luis was incredibly brave and unselfish to tug Ben Davis’s shirt after he was one on one with Oluwayemi, knowing full well what the repercussions would be. And Binks decision prevented a certain goal and winner for Fulham. I thought Binks alongside his defensive partner Walcott had a really solid game on Saturday morning, he anticipated danger well and was never caught out of position. The Scotland youth international also made a number of lovely long passes out to Markanday on the right wing. Unfortunately Binks will be suspended for our premier league cup tie with Swansea next Saturday as he serves a one game ban.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The left back had an excellent game against Fulham, and his tireless performance down the left flank certainly didn’t go unnoticed. Cirkin (16) defended impeccably against the talented Harvey Elliott and he rarely let the 15 year old beat him down that side of the pitch. Cirkin made some important interventions and managed to get up and down the left flank well. The England under 17 international was also very impressive on the ball and he carried it well. Cirkin bravely played the last five minutes of the game with a bandage on his head after he clashed with Fulham’s Cody Drameh.
  • Harvey White: White was the midfield anchorman for our game against Fulham on Saturday. Playing a slightly more defensive role than usual, the 17 year old provided the back four with an all important barrier. White’s passing was as impressive as ever and the midfielder came close to playing Mukendi through on goal in the first half, after making a lovely lofted pass over the Fulham defence. As both sides went in search of a late winner, the teenager would often drift out onto the wing to pick the ball up, and he whipped some really inviting crosses into the danger zone.
  • Armando Shashoua: My motm, see below. 
  • Dilan Markanday: The right winger worked hard down the right flank to try and influence the game and he was positive throughout. However, Fulham’s left back Tristan Cover kept him in check throughout the game. Markanday did come close to scoring a goal at the beginning of the second half. Markanday linked up well with Shashoua down the right channel.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The attacking midfielder was prominent in the final third and he was heavily involved in the majority of Spurs’ attacks. Patterson used the ball well and the way in which he took his goal in the second half was very impressive.
  • Rodel Richards: Like Markanday, Richards struggled to get the better of his fullback and was therefore unable to influence the game in his usual way. He did however, cut inside a lot of the time and did his best to try and make things happen.
  • Jeremie Mukendi: The lone striker had very few goalscoring opportunities during his time on the pitch. The tenacious Fulham defence made Mukendi’s job a difficult one, and despite making many well timed runs through the middle he just didn’t get the rub of the green.
  • Rayan Clarke: Clarke added power and pace to the side following his introduction in the 62nd minute of the game. The left winger got the assist for Patterson’s goal and the 17 year old went on some good runs down the flank. 
  • Jubril Okedina: Okedina put in a solid shift at right back after he came on to replace Mukendi in the 77th minute.

My man of the match: For the second consecutive game it goes to Armando Shashoua. The captain put in another masterful performance in the centre of midfield for Matt Wells side. Shashoua who turned 18 last week was our most creative and effective player on the day, he was the creative spark with in the side. As always his movement was excellent, as was his constant shape shifting and change of direction, but the west Londoner also worked so tirelessly to create chances for his teammates. Shashoua played in a slightly more advanced role than usual and this resulted in him linking up well with Markanday on the right wing whilst also making some clever runs in and behind the Fulham defence. The teenagers passing was accurate and although he didn’t have a shot on goal, he did create many a fine chance for other players. He pressed aggressively and took the odd kick from Fulham players on the chin, and despite his height he was one of our strongest players on the ball. Coming to think of it I have actually never seen Armando have a bad game!

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster (Clarke 62), Cirkin, Binks (sent off 88), Walcott, White, Markanday, A.Shashoua (c), Patterson, Mukendi (Okedina 77), Richards.

Unused substitutes: Kacper Kurylowicz, Elliot Thorpe.

Goals: Timmy Abraham (53), Phoenix Patterson (65).

Venue: Motspur Park, London.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Troy Parrott – 7

J’Neil Bennett – 5

Dilan Markanday – 5

Rayan Clarke – 4

Armando Shashoua – 4

Harvey White – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

Dennis Cirkin – 2

Jeremie Mukendi – 2

Rodel Richards – 2

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Luis Binks – 2

Phoenix Patterson – 2

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Assists: Armando Shashoua – 7

Harvey White – 7

Jamie Bowden – 5

Phoenix Patterson – 4

Troy Parrott – 3

Brooklyn Lyons-Foster – 2

Dilan Markanday – 2

J’Neil Bennett – 2

Rayan Clarke – 2

Paris Maghoma – 1

Maurizio Pochettino – 1

Malachi Walcott – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 3

Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Swansea City: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Swansea City: (match report)

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Hoping to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Derby County last Sunday, our under 23’s encounter with bottom of the table Swansea City at Hotspur Way on Friday lunchtime would have been viewed as a very winnable game for Wayne Burnett’s side. However, Spurs lacked that cutting edge needed to overcome the ‘Swans’ who were winless in all competitions this season going into this game. Burnett’s side albeit without a trio of important and experienced players, lacked in creativity as well as craft. Like the Derby game, it was another flat performance. We were missing a certain sharpness and awareness to our game and we didn’t press anywhere near aggressively as we normally do. Yes it was disappointing to lose to what was quite frankly a poor Swansea side by such a score line. However, as in every game at this level it is important to look at individual performances. And once again a number of our players most notably Paris Maghoma and Japhet Tanganga had really good games, despite the poor performance of the team as a whole. The ‘Swans’ who are co managed by Gary Richards and Cameron Toshack didn’t include a single overage player in their squad for the trip to Enfield. On paper we had the far better players, that’s why it came as a great surprise to me that Burnett’s side were on the second foot for the majority of the first half. Constantly being put under pressure by the visitors, Spurs struggled to play their brand of attacking football. Despite this Spurs took the lead towards the end of the half through the inform Paris Maghoma, courtesy of some dodgy goalkeeping from Swansea goalkeeper Steven Benda. However, Spurs’ bright finish to the half didn’t continue into the second half, and some particularly poor defending from our wingbacks who were often too high up the field, ultimately cost us. Swansea hit us where it hurt and the South Wales club managed to score   three goals inside the opening 19 minutes of the second half. This resulted in Burnett’s side falling apart, and despite a couple of nice passages of play, his lads were unable to mount a fight back. And to make matters worse for Spurs, Swansea got a fourth goal in the 84th minute of time through Scottish centre forward Botti Biabi.

Indeed it was a poor performance from the young Spurs lads, who on their day were lacking the intensity, vision and awareness needed in order to carve open the Swansea defence. I think the game will be viewed as a disappointment in the sense that they couldn’t push further up the table with what should have been a routine win for the young Lilywhites. However, results are not always paramount at this level, and the individual performances of some our players on the day is something which we should all draw positives from. The sun was shining down on Hotspur Way on Friday afternoon ahead of our PL2 encounter with Swansea. Burnett went for a a similar team to the one that he picked against Derby in the previous game. Opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation Brandon Austin started in goal for Spurs, whilst a back four of George Marsh (the skipper), TJ Eyoma, Japhet Tanganga and Jaden Brown sat in front of him. Young Jamie Bowden and Tashan Oakley-Boothe manned the centre of the park, as Bennett, Roles and Maghoma lined up behind frontman Kazaiah Sterling who led the line. It’s worth noting that we changed shape on numerous occasions through the second half. Bennett and Maghoma in particular changed positions a number of times throughout the game. Both sets of players and spectators observed an impeccable minutes silence for the victims of the tragic Leicester helicopter crash prior to kick off. In addition, both sets of players wore black armbands. Spurs got the game underway at the training centre and it was Tottenham’s TJ Eyoma who had to be on hand to make an important early clearance from Liam Cullen’s low cross into the penalty area. The lively Paris Maghoma attempted to pick out Sterling with an ambitious ball through the middle shortly afterwards. And the 17 year old midfielder drew the first save of the game a couple of moments later after he saw his effort on goal take a heavy deflection off of Brandon Cooper, before it was gathered comfortably by goalkeeper Steven Benda. Cullen then came desperately close to meeting Tyler Reid’s header at the back post after the Welshman hadn’t been picked up by a Spurs defender.

George Marsh blocked Botti Biabi’s shot on goal a couple of minutes later as Burnett’s side struggled to find their feet. TJ Eyoma made a vital defensive intervention on Biabi moments later, as the ‘Swans’ continued to test the Spurs defence. The former Falkirk man then fired over with an effort from the right hand side of the penalty area. Swansea continued to push for an opener, Jordan Garrick caused a bit of panic amongst the Spurs defenders after he darted past Eyoma in the penalty area, before slipping at the vital moment. Tanganga then did well to clear Garrick’s pacy low cross a couple of moments later. Spurs were really struggling to deal with the pressure that Swansea were putting on them during the opening stages of the game. Left back Jaden Brown  headed a promising free kick from Keiran Evans clear at the back post before a pacy dangerous cross from Reid somehow managed to evade every Swansea player inside the six yard box, the game was lacking any sort of spark from either side. The only Spurs player to offer any sort of attacking threat had been young Paris Maghoma. And after the midfielder advanced on a powerful run through the middle of pitch, Maghoma blazed an effort well wide of Benda’s goal from over 20 yards out. The tenacious Japhet Tanganga then made a crucial sliding block at the other end of the pitch to thwart Evans shot from the edge of the penalty area, after he latched onto Aaron Lewis’s corner kick. Jack Roles picked up a yellow card shortly afterwards, before Spurs surprised the sharper and more impressive Swansea side by taking a surprise lead in the 36th minute of time through Paris Maghoma. It was a really good move from Spurs which started with Kazaiah Sterling who shifted the ball out to Bennett on the right wing. The 16 year old took on the physically imposing Tyler Reid who managed make contact with the teenagers cross which found Maghoma who was just inside the box. The midfielder had managed to find space before striking a sweet low effort on the half volley, which ended up slipping straight through the hands of Swansea goalkeeper Steven Benda before hitting the back of the net, 1-0. 

Eyoma managed to thread a pass through to Sterling down the left side of the penalty area shortly after the restart. However, the centre forward was closed down well by Swansea’s Tyler Reid. Paris Maghoma then fired an effort over the Swansea crossbar after he received Oakley-Boothe’s pass on the edge of the penalty area. Before the ever solid Tanganga made an important defensive intervention on the edge of the Tottenham penalty area. Maghoma continued to be the shining light for Burnett, and the teenager almost slotted Sterling through on goal with a well measured pass however, Cooper managed to intercept the pass at the vital moment. Tyler Reid blazed an effort well wide of the mark for the visitors a couple of minutes later before Evans forced a comfortable save out of Austin with a curler from the edge of the penalty area. Spurs were extremely fortunate to find themselves 1-0 up going into the half time interval. Swansea got the second half underway and Richards and Toshack’s side couldn’t have made a better start to the half if they had wanted to. Less than two minutes into the half the visitors drew level through winger Liam Cullen. The goal came from a Swansea set piece. A free kick out on the right wing was whipped into the box by Reid whose delivery came out to the unmarked Liam Cullen at the back post. Cullen got the ball under control before managing to bundle it past Austin who despite his best efforts on the line couldn’t prevent it from crossing the line, 1-1. Then less than three minutes later the ‘Swans’ took the lead after they caught Spurs out down the wing. The prominent Tyler Reid got the better of Brown out on the left as he darted past the Spurs defender with ease before picking out Cullen with a cross towards the back post. Unopposed and unmarked, Cullen volleyed the ball home much to the frustration of the Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin, 1-2. Burnett’s side tried to respond with a well worked move from a free kick after Maghoma had won it in a promising area on the edge of the penalty area. Roles played the free kick out to Marsh on the right and the makeshift right back squared it into Roles who had made a good run into the box. However, the 19 year old was unable to make sufficient contact with the ball and it was eventually smothered by Benda, before the German was clattered by Roles as he attempted to get to the ball. 

Spurs came close to drawing level a couple of minutes later after another well worked move. Brown passed the ball to Roles from the left, the midfielder then managed to pick out Bennett who went on a surging run towards the edge of the penalty area, before curling an effort narrowly wide of Benda’s goal. George Marsh had a free kick cleared by the head of Brandon Cooper shortly after, as Spurs started to find their feet going forwards. Young Troy Parrott replaced Kazaiah Sterling a couple of moments later as the 19 year old continues his return from injury. Jaden Brown then produced an excellent sliding challenge to prevent Jordan Garrick getting through on goal inside the Spurs box. However, Burnett’s side were dealt a further blow in the 66th minute after Botti Biabi put the ‘Swans’ 3-1 up. Swansea moved the ball around well as Reid passed the ball to Garrick down the left wing. Garrick squared the ball for Biabi in the centre of the box and the Scottish youngster got lucky as Tanganga slipped to the floor just as he received the ball. Biabi finished the move off in style with a clever back heeled finish which nestled into the bottom right hand corner of Austin’s goal, 1-3. Spurs were beginning to fall apart at the back, as they tried to mount a comeback. Japhet Tanganga headed wide from a Paris Maghoma corner kick before the same player sent an inviting cross into Eyoma in the box moments later. However, the 18 year olds header forced a comfortable save out of Benda. Dylan Duncan then replaced Jack Roles in the 76th minute. However, any hopes of a Spurs comeback were extinguished eight minutes later through Botti Biabi who netted his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 to Swansea, after some really poor defending from the young Spurs lads. After Jaden Brown had passed the ball straight to Liam Cullen, the Welshman spotted the run of Biabi through the middle before slotting him through on goal with a well weighted pass. Biabi sprinted down the right side of the penalty area and past Tanganga, before rifling the ball into the far corner of Austin’s goal, 1-4. Spurs responded through Parrott who glanced a header wide of Benda’s goal after meeting Bennett’s cross, following some good work from the wide man.

Swansea then broke down the other end as Biabi slipped in the newly introduced Jordi Govea down the left side of the Spurs penalty area. However, the Ecuadorean’s powerful effort was well blocked by the sliding Tanganga. The last chance of the game also fell to the ‘Swans’ after Aaron Lewis played a corner short to Belgian Simon Paulet, who whipped the ball narrowly over Austin’s crossbar. At the end of the day it was a disjointed team performance from Burnett’s side. Their usual aggressive pressing and energy just wasn’t there, and the lack of creativity within the Spurs side combined with the many defensive errors at the back allowed a poor Swansea team to beat them comfortably on the day. Our development sides next game is against Portsmouth in the Checkatrade trophy during the upcoming international break.  

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: Although it’s hard to believe, Austin didn’t actually have an awful lot to deal with apart from the four Swansea goals, of which he could have done nothing about. He only made one save which was a comfortable one towards the end of the first half. Austin dealt authoritatively with set pieces, and the 19 year old marshalled his defence well throughout the game. I would expect him to play against PSV in the UEFA youth league in midweek.
  • George Marsh: The skipper didn’t have the best game he’s ever had during our 4-1 defeat to Swansea. Operating at right back, Marsh was nowhere to be seen for Swansea’s first two goals which came down his side of the pitch. Marsh was often too high up the pitch and due to his lack of pace he did struggle on occasions. However, he worked extremely hard and did make some important defensive interventions whilst also leading his teammates by example.
  • TJ Eyoma: The 18 year old who operated at left centre back had a decent game on the whole. Eyoma did make some really important headed clearances and defensive interventions throughout the match, he also kept relatively good positioning. However Eyoma did get done for pace by Jordan Garrick inside the penalty area for Swansea’s second goal of the game.
  • Japhet Tanganga: The 19 year old centre back had an excellent game on Friday afternoon and by no means did the score line reflect his performance in any way. Tanganga made four crucial defensive interventions against Swansea, and the England under 20 international was decisive in everything that he did. He was also excellent in the air and he won the vast majority of his aerial duels. However, it was Tanganga’s positioning at the back which showed such maturity and understanding of the game. Without the no nonsense defender present I dread to think what the score might have been. He made so many crucial blocks inside the Spurs penalty area.
  • Jaden Brown: The left back had an ok game but it was by no means his finest performance. Brown made some excellent interceptions and blocks particularly during the first half of the game where he defended solidly. However, a slightly shaky second half resulted in him making a sloppy pass which led to Swansea’s fourth goal of the game.
  • Jamie Bowden: The central midfielder very rarely lost possession against Swansea on what was only his third PL2 appearance. Bowden kept things ticking in the middle of the park with his deftly accurate short passing and impeccable positioning. He snuffed out danger well, and worked hard for the team to provide that midfield barrier in front of the back four. Although he wasn’t as expressive as he is usually within the ball due to the pattern of the game, I thought that Bowden put in a really mature performance. He will likely start against PSV in the UEFA youth league on Tuesday.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Although the 18 year old worked hard and pressed well in the centre of midfield, Oakley-Boothe struggled to impact the game despite making some decent passes throughout. He was quite anonymous for large periods of the match.
  • J’Neil Bennett: This was the first year scholars first start at this level and the former QPR schoolboy had a good game out on both the right and left flank. Bennett was direct and constantly looking to take players on in the final third. The 16 year old got the assist for Maghoma’s goal after going on a good run down the right wing, and he could have had a goal of his own in the second half after he came desperately close to finding the top right hand corner of the goal with a curler from range.
  • Jack Roles: Operating as a cam the hardworking Jack Roles must have covered more ground than any other player on the pitch. Although he had a  relatively quite game by his standards, the Cyprus under 21 international was often trying to pull things off. An impressively worked free kick by Roles in the second half almost ended in him putting the ball into the back of the net.
  • Paris Maghoma: My motm, see below.
  • Kazaiah Sterling: The 19 year old put in a good shift up top as he continues to make his return from injury. Sterling worked hard and he always tried to influence play by creating his own space. Sterling was replaced by Parrott around the hour mark.
  • Troy Parrott: The 16 year put in a real workmanlike performance up top after he came on for Sterling to play the last 30 or so minutes of the game. He would often drop deep in order to try and influence the game, and Parrott’s sheer strength was impressive in itself on several occasions throughout the second half. The Dubliner managed one goal attempt during his time on the pitch.
  • Dylan Duncan: The 19 year old had a positive late cameo in midfield after replacing Roles. He used the ball intelligently and carried it well. 

My man of the match: Paris Maghoma. The shining light from a poor Spurs performance, the ever impressive 17 year old midfielder was once again the standout player. Maghoma started the game out on the left wing before shifting into a more central role during the second half. The London born midfielder was our most creative and potent attacking player. Instead of playing it sideways or backwards, Maghoma would often try to test the Swansea defence by running at them and having a pop from distance. His clever footwork and many excellently timed runs in and behind the Swansea defence weren’t often picked up by his teammates but they certainly didn’t go unnoticed. Above all else he was positive and resourceful with the ball at his feet. He showed the nous and awareness needed in order to get in a position to score our opener which he took well on the half volley. However, Maghoma also showed ambition and he came close on several occasions to setting players through on goal with some clever defence splitting passes. Our under 23’s best player this campaign again demonstrated that Dele Alli like ability to make those perfectly timed runs into the danger zone, and like Alli he has that positive trait of never treating any ball as a lost cause. Maghoma had more attempts on goal for Spurs than any other player.

Spurs: Austin, Marsh (c), Brown, Bowden, Tanganga, Eyoma, Maghoma, Oakley-Boothe, Sterling (Parrott 63), Roles (Duncan 76), Bennett. Substitute (not used): Glover, Reynolds, Walcott.

Swansea City: Benda, Reid, Lewis, Maric (c), Harries, Cooper, Garrick, Paulet, Biabi, Evans (Govea 76), Cullen. Substitutes (not used): Cooper, Zabret, De Boer, Lewis.

Goals: Spurs – Maghoma 36; Swansea – Cullen 47, 50, Biabi, 66, 84.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Roles 34.

Referee: James Oldham.

Venue: Hotspur Way, Enfield.

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

Goals scored: Shayon Harrison – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Jack Roles – 2

Jaden Brown – 2

Samuel Shashoua – 1

Marcus Edwards – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Assists: Jack Roles – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

J’Neil Bennett – 2

Troy Parrott – 1

Jaden Brown – 1

Shayon Harrison – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 2

Alfie Whiteman – 1

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

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

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Unbeaten and unfazed by any opposition that they have come up against so far this season. Matt Wells under 18 side will go head to head with Fulham on Saturday morning in a London derby at Motspur Park, as the young Spurs lads look to consolidate their place at the top of the under 18 southern division. Wells side haven’t had an under 18 game in the last two weeks and they’ll be raring to go against our London rivals tomorrow morning. Colin Omogbehin’s Fulham side have started the league season with three wins and two draws from their opening eight league matches, and they currently occupy seventh position in the table. Long famed for their academy set up, the ‘Cottagers’ have produced some fine young talents over recent seasons. One could even argue that they have done a better job than the so called bigger clubs at bringing players into the first team. Over the last couple of seasons Fulham have contested some enthralling games with our under 18 side. Last season we lost two of our three encounters with the west London club, although we did manage to beat them 2-1 at Motspur Park in the league. It is almost two years to the day since I was last at Motspur Park for a bitterly cold mornings game against the ‘Cottagers’. That day Samuel Shashoua scored a late winner from the penalty spot in what was a fiercely competitive game. How times have changed! Tomorrow’s Fulham side contains a whole host of talented players. Attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho is Fulham’s top scorer this season with four goals, whilst wide man Sonny Hilton is a tricky winger who tore us apart in the premier league cup last season. In addition, Fulham’s talented schoolboy midfielder Harvey Elliot made his first team debut for Fulham in a league cup game against Millwall in September. I think that this game will be the biggest test that Matt Wells side have come up against since they took on Chelsea back in August. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s game and as ever it is always a great pleasure to see the fantastic group of players take to the field. Apologies about the shorter than usual preview, my report of our game against Fulham will be out by Monday at the latest.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Tainio, Lyons-Foster, Binks, Cirkin, White, A.Shashoua (c), Markanday, Richards, Patterson, Mukendi.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Walcott, Statham, Pedder, Clarke.

Injured/unavailable: Enoch Asante.

Doubtful: Troy Parrott (Involvement with the under 23’s the previous day).

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.

My one to watch: Fabio Carvalho. The 16 year old Portuguese Fulham forward, is Colin Omogbehin’s sides top scorer this season with four goals. The first year scholar is very highly rated.

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

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

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Following on from our under 23’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Derby County in the PL2 last Sunday, Wayne Burnett’s development side will be hoping to overcome bottom of the table Swansea City when the two teams meet at Hotspur Way on Friday afternoon. Burnett’s sides challenging encounter with Derby at the weekend was an experience from which they will learn from, and they’ll be hoping to return to winnings ways against a Swansea side who are bang out of form. Managed by both Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards, the ‘Swans’ enjoyed a fine season in division one during the 2017/18 campaign where they finished in fourth place, after only winning promotion to the division the previous season. The club from South Wales have drawn four of their opening nine league games this season, losing five and winning none. Toshack and Richards winless side haven’t won a PL2 game since April, and the out of form ‘Swans’ have scored the fewest goals of anybody in the league this season (7). Although the championship club don’t have one of the best under 18 or 23 sides out of the category one clubs, Swansea still have some talented youngsters in their ranks, and the Welsh club have recruited well over recent seasons. Some of their standout players from the development side include former Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda, former Ajax youngster Kees De Boer who operates as a midfielder, Scottish midfielder George Byers, and locally sourced winger Liam Cullen who we were once linked with a couple of seasons back. Our two meetings with Swansea in the PL2 last season were highly entertaining games, both of which ended in 2-2 draws. The home game which was played at Broadhall Way was most notable for a spectacular solo goal scored by our former player Keanan Bennetts. Once again Burnett’s side will be without the experienced duo of Shayon Harrison and Luke Amos to injury, whilst Cyprus international Anthony Georgiou remains a doubt as far as I am aware. 

This preview was written before our first teams Carabao cup game against West Ham on Wednesday which will likely feature a number of our young players due to fixture congestion. Therefore my lineup prediction for the Swansea game may include players who will have featured for the first team only a couple of days beforehand. Swansea are not as well structured as our last opponents Derby, I also doubt that they will included many if any overage players in their side for Fridays game in Enfield. Therefore I am expecting Burnett’s young side to return to winning ways. I will be at Hotspur Way on Friday afternoon, and my in-depth match report of that game shall be out by the following evening at the very latest.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Tanganga (c), Dinzeyi, Hinds, Bowden, Oakley-Boothe, Reynolds, Duncan, Roles, Sterling.

Subs from: Glover, Brown, Marsh, Patterson, Richards.

Injured/unavailable: Shilow Tracey, Luke Amos, Shayon Harrison.

Doubtful: Anthony Georgiou and Charlie Freeman.

Previous meeting: 2-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-1.

My one to watch: Yan Dhanda. A skilful attacking midfielder who has overcome many injury setbacks during his short career. The 19 year old who joined Swansea from Liverpool in the summer, scored the winner with his first touch for their first team in their championship game against Sheffield United earlier on in the season. However, the skilful and clever Dhanda has struggled for game time in Graham Potter’s side, and the teenager has appeared on two occasions for the development side in the PL2 this season. It will be interesting to see how he gets on against us if he does play on Friday. Dhanda impressed against us for Liverpool last season. 

ICYMI: https://superhotspur.com/2018/10/29/spurs-under-23s-0-1-derby-county-match-report-2/

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Derby County: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Derby County: (match report)

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Our under 23’s went into their PL2 encounter with Derby County on Sunday afternoon with confidence after having won their last three games in all competitions. However, Wayne Burnett’s side played out a dour game with the  ’Rams’ at Pride Park from which they never really got going. Burnett’s side were second best on the day and despite putting in a relatively solid defensive performance, his side were too negative in possession and their severe lack of creativity cost them. We lost 1-0 to Derby who scored what turned out to be the winner on 74 minutes through their captain Max Bird, whose thumping effort had caught the Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin by surprise. Derby dominated possession against a Spurs side who weren’t effective at playing out from the back against a high pressing side, and they should have won by more than one goal, whilst our most potent attacking players Jack Roles and Troy Parrott were unable to make much of an impact on the game due to the fact that they were so isolated up top, whilst the wingbacks were not given the ball anywhere near enough. In total we only managed two shots on target but none of those managed to trouble the Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos. It is worth noting that Darren Wassall did field four overage players in the Derby starting 11. Most notable of which was the defensive duo of Alex Pearce and Ikechi Anya who are both full internationals for both Ireland and Scotland respectively, this definitely helped Wassall’s side to get the better of us. Spurs were without Oliver Skipp, Kazaiah Sterling and Anthony Georgiou for Sunday afternoons game and this resulted in a numbers of players from the under 18 side making the step up to development squad level. Although they would revert to the 4-2-3-1 formation at halftime, Burnett started his side in the 3-4-2-1 formation. Brandon Austin retained the captains armband as he started in goal for the second consecutive game, whilst a back three of Eyoma, Tanganga and Marsh lined up in front of him. Four players lined up in the middle of the park with Tariq Hinds and Jaden Brown starting either side of Maghoma and Bowden in the centre of the park. And Dylan Duncan and the inform Jack Roles played in an attacking diamond formation behind 16 year old Troy Parrott who led the line.

The home side got the game underway at a sunny Pride Park and it was the hosts who certainly looked the brighter of the two teams during the opening stages of the game. Derby’s Louie Sibley drew an early save from Spurs goalkeeper Brandon Austin after hitting a low effort at goal from the edge of the Tottenham penalty area. Midfielder Paris Maghoma managed to block George Thorne’s shot shortly afterwards as Spurs tried to work the ball out of their own half. Austin put his teammates under pressure a couple of minutes later after he passed the ball straight to Derby’s Jayden Mitchell-Lawson on the edge of the Spurs box. Mitchell-Lawson squared the ball for Max Bird in the centre of the box and the Derby captain forced Austin into making an excellent reaction save at his near post, to tip behind the Derby captains powerful effort for a corner kick, which the teenager dealt with by punching it away from danger. The home side continued to threaten the Spurs defence and after Thorne played the ball into Mitchell-Lawson down the right side of the penalty area, the wide man quickly shifted the ball across to Aaron Eyoma in the centre of the box. However, the Derby winger was closed down well by younger brother TJ who made a goal saving block to put the ball behind for a corner kick. Thorne’s resulting corner was played short to Mitchell-Lawson who managed to weave his way into the box before curling an effort across the face of Austin’s goal. Spurs’ Japhet Tanganga then managed to block Louie Sibley’s effort from range as Derby continued to put pressure on Burnett’s side. Aaron Eyoma sent a teasing ball across the face of the Spurs goal before the ever solid George Marsh was able to clear Bird’s free kick a couple of moments later as the likes of Roles and Parrott remained mere spectators up top. Spurs gave another free kick away a couple of minutes later following a supposed foul from Brown on Mitchell-Lawson down the right. Derby’s Calum Macdonald whipped a dangerous delivery across goal which Derby centre froward Cameron Cresswell was only inches away from being able to nod home at the back post.

Spurs continued to play poorly and Wassall’s side continued to come at them as they pushed for an opener. Duncan did well to block George Thorne’s shot on goal after the ball had come out to the Derby man on the edge of the box following Aaron Eyoma’s corner, Spurs had still been unable to manage a single attempt on goal as they continued to be sucked into their own half. After the tigerish Troy Parrott had managed to win the ball off of Thorne, the Irishman quickly passed the ball to Roles who was in the centre circle. Roles channeled his inner David Beckham by attempting to catch Roos off his line with an audacious effort from over 50 yards out. However, the Cypriot youth internationals ambitious long range strike ended up going well wide of the Derby goal. The home side threatened us at the other end a couple of moments later after the speedy Anya was able to pick out Aaron Eyoma in the box with a pin point delivery. However, the 21 year old’s resulting effort on goal was well blocked by Spurs midfielder Dylan Duncan as Derby continued to control the game. George Marsh cleared a low cross from Anya a couple of moments later, before Mitchell-Lawson fired an effort wide of Brandon Austin’s near post after he was played in down the right side of the box by Sibley. The Tottenham goalkeeper did well to come out and claim Max Bird’s low cross moments beforehand. However, Burnett’s struggling side managed to mount their first meaningful attack of the half as the result of a sloppy pass from George Thorne whose early free kick was played straight into the feet of Roles in the centre of the park. The alert teenager traveled forwards with the ball before slipping it into Parrot who was able to enter the box before cutting inside and feeding Roles back in. However, he should have hit it first time but instead he took too many touches before seeing his eventual effort blocked behind for a corner by Bird. Japhet Tanganga made a decent block of his own at the other end a couple of minutes later after he cleared Anya’s dangerous low cross from the right wing. And the ’Rams’ came desperately close to opening the scoring right in the dying moments of the first half.

The so far uninvolved Cameron Cresswell ought to have put Derby ahead after he met Aaron Eyoma’s cross at the near post. However, the Derby centre forwards mistimed header flew narrowly over Austin’s crossbar as Burnett’s side escaped danger once more. Former Spurs and Arsenal youth player Aaron Eyoma curled a late effort well wide of the Spurs goal a couple of moments later to bring an end to a disappointing half for Spurs. Burnett made one change at half time as he brought off right wing back Tariq Hinds in place of Tashan Oakley-Boothe, as Spurs reverted to playing with four at the back. The first piece of action came after Duncan threaded a perfectly weighted pass through to Roles down the right hand side of the Derby penalty area. Roles looked up before picking out Parrott in the centre of the box however, it was a difficult chance for the Dubliner to convert on the volley, and his jabbed looping effort was comfortably saved by Kelle Roos. Derby then went straight on an attack down the other end which resulted in the speedy Mitchell-Lawson having an effort from within the left side of the Spurs box, blocked behind for a corner by the arm of Eyoma. Alex Pearce then headed George Thorne’s cross wide a couple of moments later as Derby started to find their feet again, before a good piece of well timed defending from Eyoma prevented an opening for Mitchell-Lawson inside the Spurs box. The alert Tottenham goalkeeper Brandon Austin did well to deal with Thorne’s free kick a couple of minutes later after the England youth international lined his wall up well. First year scholar J’Neil Bennett replaced Jamie Bowden shortly afterwards as Duncan dropped back into the centre of midfield. However, Spurs continued to be put under pressure by Wassall’s unrelenting side. The ever effective George Marsh produced an important piece of defending on Mitchell-Lawson inside the Spurs box before substitute J’Neil Bennett blocked Thorne’s effort on goal. Spurs then went on a good break at the other end after Roles picked out Parrott on the right wing with a nice pass.

Parrott quickly shifted the ball into the feet of Oakley-Boothe who teed it off for Bennett to hit on the edge of the Derby box. The 16 year old winger caught the ball on the half volley but his low powerful effort into the turf was routinely saved by the diving Roos. TJ Eyoma ended up in the referees book a matter of minutes later after he cynically stopped Calum Macdonald from advancing down the right wing by pulling his shirt. And then in the 74th minute of time came the moment that Spurs had indeed been expecting all game as Derby finally took the lead, after coming so close to doing so on numerous occasions beforehand. It was a bolt out of the blue from Derby captain Max Bird who after playing a quick one-two with the newly introduced Kyle McAllister let fly on his right foot with a venomous strike which caught Austin by surprise. Bird’s sweet strike had given Austin little time to react with the Spurs goalkeeper off his line. Bird’s effort struck the underside of the bar before hitting the back of the net, 0-1. A couple of minutes later Austin was forced into making a good save at his near post to prevent Derby from doubling their advantage. After being slipped in down the right side of the Spurs box by Bird, McAllister’s powerful effort was denied by Austin who spread himself well before making the stop. There was no urgency from Burnett’s side who were offering little to suggest that they could mount a fight back. Derby threatened our defence once more after Bird received Cresswell’s pass before travelling towards the edge of the Spurs penalty area with the ball before dragging it across the face of Austin’s goal, just as Tanganga had managed to come across him. Dylan Duncan continued to grow into the game and the Tottenham midfielder sliced an effort wide of goal after receiving Oakley-Boothe’s pass on the edge of the Derby box, a couple of minutes later. Japhet Tanganga blocked Louie Sibley’s effort before the Spurs centre half met Maghoma’s free kick in the Derby box moments later, but the 19 year old could only head the ball straight into the arms of Roos. Derby then had a weak penalty shout in stoppage time after Tanganga had bundled Cresswell to the ground inside the Spurs box. 

The final piece of action was probably the most entertaining of the whole game which speaks a thousand words in itself. After TJ Eyoma and Sibley squared up to each other after the referee had blown the final whistle before shoving one another. All in all it was a pretty dour afternoon at Pride Park. Whilst Burnett’s sides oldest player was only 19 years of age, Derby had the massive advantage of fielding four experienced overage players. I thought we defended well on the day but I feel that we didn’t have the attacking intensity needed in order to trouble what was a strong Derby defence, but it was a good experience for Burnett’s lads to go up against such an experienced Derby side. Spurs will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host out of form Swansea City at Hotspur Way next Friday. I have a feeling that, that will be a far more entertaining game of football.

Player reviews: 

  • Brandon Austin: The 19 year old retained the captains armband for our game against Derby County on Sunday and had another fine game. Austin made four saves, two of which were fantastic reflex saves, particularly the first one to deny Max Bird at his near post from close range. Austin was commanding and led his teammates by example whilst also dealing well with the many corner kicks and free kicks which came his way. Whilst he was a little bit slow with his distribution I thought that Austin couldn’t have done anymore to prevent Max Bird’s goal despite the fact that he was off his line at the time of the strike. Bird’s effort had so much venom and sting on it.
  • TJ Eyoma:  I thought that our whole defence had a really good game against Derby on Sunday. However, I thought that 19 year old centre half TJ Eyoma was the pick of our defenders. He defended well, first on the right side of a back three and later as a right back despite his lack of pace. Eyoma read the game to perfection and made a number of important blocks and interceptions. Including a goal saving block to deny his older brother Aaron from scoring in the first half. 
  • Japhet Tanganga: Tanganga put in another strong performance in the heart of the Tottenham defence making many important blocks and clearances. Tanganga defended solidly but most importantly of all he always kept good positioning and won the vast majority of his aerial duels. The 19 year old didn’t allow Derby centre forward Cameron Cresswell to have many goal scoring opportunities inside the six yard box. 
  • George Marsh: Marsh operated at centre half, first in a back three and then in a back four. The 19 year old didn’t put a foot wrong and like Tanganga he was solid in defence and could often be seen making important defensive interventions, blocks and clearances. He worked extremely hard for the team and covered a lot of ground. 
  • Tariq Hinds: Hinds put in a decent defensive performance at right wing back during the first half, before the 18 year old was replaced at halftime as Spurs switched formations.
  • Paris Maghoma: Sometimes it was hard to work out where the 17 year old midfielder was playing, such was the confusing formation which we started up with. Maghoma would often pop up at both ends of the field and although he struggled alongside Bowden to influence the game during the first half due to how the side were set up, Maghoma grew into the game and made a number of good long range passes during the final stages of the game. He did well to adapt to the game and was positive with the ball at his feet.
  • Jamie Bowden: The 17 year old central midfielder operated alongside Maghoma in the centre of the park. Like his slightly older teammate, Bowden was unable to influence the game in his usual way due to how stifled we had been creatively. However, I thought the young man from Tottenham still did a good job in the central areas. He stayed deep and snuffed out danger on numerous occasions whilst also impressing with his movement and overall reading of the game, and he always looked so calm in possession. 
  • Jaden Brown: The usually attacking left back was neutralised by the speedy and experienced Ikechi Anya who prevented the inform Brown from making any of his usual attacking forays down that side of the pitch. Anya essentially kept Brown out of the game from an attacking point of view. However, the teenager from Lewisham did put in a good defensive shift as he continued his good form of late.
  • Jack Roles: He always looked threatening whenever the attacking midfielder had the ball at his feet. And the 19 year old who operated in an attacking diamond behind lone striker Troy Parrott was one of our most creative players on the day. Making a string of fine passes, Roles helped to create space for Parrott with his first class movement and work rate, despite how isolated he was.
  • Dylan Duncan: My motm, see below.
  • Troy Parrott: Once again I thought that the 16 year old did the best that he could do to lead the line for Burnett’s side. He was isolated throughout the game and the Dubliner was forced into coming deep in order to get the ball and try to make things happen. He had one half chance which he was unlucky with, and he was also involved in two of our most promising attacks, and he was particularly unselfish to square the ball to Roles right on the stroke of half time inside the Derby penalty area.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Oakley-Boothe replaced Hinds at halftime, and whilst he did make some impressive passes during his time on the pitch I felt that he struggled to get involved much in the game as an attacking midfielder.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The 16 year old was positive during his 35 or so minutes on the pitch. He was willing to take players on and was constantly asking for the ball to be played into him. Bennett did have a decent shot on goal shortly after he was introduced to the game which drew a save from Roos.

My man of the match: The versatile Dylan Duncan was our best player on the day, first as an attacking midfielder where he put in a fine shift for the majority of the game out on the left hand side, and also as a combative central midfielder for the latter part of the game. Duncan worked hard to influence play and he was quite a threat for Spurs going forwards and he made a number of top draw passes which opened up the Derby defence during the second half. Both Duncan’s high work rate and good movement also impressed me, and the 19 year old helped his teammates out throughout the game by showing a real willingness to win balls in the centre of the park. This was only Duncan’s second start of the season but I’m hoping that he will now get a good run in Burnett’s side.

Derby County: Roos, Anya, Macdonald, Thorne, Pearce, Buchanan, Mitchell-Lawson (McAllister 73), Bird (c), Cresswell, Sibley, Eyoma (Shonibare 82). Substitutes (not used): Karic, Barnes, Hunt.

Spurs: Austin (c), Hinds (Oakley-Boothe 46), Brown, Eyoma, Tanganga, Marsh Duncan Bowden (Bennett 57), Parrott, Maghoma, Roles. Substitutes (not used): Glover, Dinzeyi, Reynolds.

Goal: Bird 74.

Yellow cards: Derby – Thorne 89; Spurs – Eyoma 69.

Referee: Josh Smith. 

Venue: Pride Park, Derby.

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

Goals scored: Shayon Harrison – 5

Paris Maghoma – 3

Jack Roles – 2

Jaden Brown – 2

Samuel Shashoua – 1

Marcus Edwards – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Assists: Jack Roles – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

Troy Parrott – 1

Jaden Brown – 1

Shayon Harrison – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

J’Neil Bennett – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 2

Alfie Whiteman – 1