Spurs 1-0 Barnsley: some thoughts on the game…

Spurs 1-0 Barnsley: some thoughts on the game…

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Spurs booked their place in round four of the Carabao cup last night, with a 1-0 victory over Barnsley at Wembley. It may not have been a memorable occasion for those at the game, but it doesn’t matter in the slightest. As Pochettino’s second string side have achieved the win that we needed, and for that I am grateful. Though Spurs had the majority of possession throughout the game, they lacked creativity in the final third, and Barnsley’s tenacious defending made it harder for us to find the back of the net. Pochettino’s side passed the ball around well, a golden chance for Llorente to head home unmarked from a resulting corner kick, saw the new signing rise too early as his header flew over the crossbar on 26 minutes. A chance for Barnsley’s Ike Ugbo forced Vorm into making an important save at the beginning of the second half, the game was far from an easy win, as the Tykes gave us a couple of scares in front of goal. As Pochettino’s sides frustration grew, so did the anxiety of Spurs’ fans on the terraces. However, the razor sharp instincts of Dele Alli were to ease those worries.

When the England international scored what would prove to be the winner on 65 minutes, after some good work down the right side of the penalty area by Trippier. The fullback provided a pullback inside the area, which the aware Alli raced to, to calmly slot home. It was a pretty uneventful end to the game, as both sides went in search of goals at either end. But it wasn’t to matter how flowing or entertaining our football was, as Pochettino’s side had achieved their aim of getting into round four, where they’ll find out their opposition after Man United’s game with Burton this evening. Next up for Pochettino’s lads is a visit to the London stadium on Saturday, as Spurs face a tough and important London derby against West Ham. I was paticulary impressed with the performances of Juan Foyth and Walker-Peters last night. Foyth on his debut, put in a confident and composed display at centre half, and looked very solid and conformable. Whilst Walker-Peters done a superbly efficent job at left back. Special mention goes to young Tashan Oakley-Boothe (17) who became the first millenial to feature for Spurs, last night! COYS

 

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Spurs versus Barnsley:(match preview)

Spurs versus Barnsley:(match preview)

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Date: Tuesday 19 September, kick off: 8:00 pm.
Venue: Wembley stadium
Referee: Tim Robinson
Previous meeting: Spurs 1-0 Barnsley (1999)

I want our lads to go out and try and win this seasons Carabao cup which starts for us this evening with the visit of championship club Barnsley to the national stadium. Regardless of how strong a side Pochettino fields for the early stages of the competition. I vividly remember the disappointment I felt last October, sitting in the Anfield away end, as a youthful and inexperienced Spurs side crashed out of the cup to the Reds in a 2-1 defeat. Pochettino clearly expressed his intentions about the competition at yesterday’s press conference at Hotspur way. You can’t argue with his prioritisation of the premier and Champions league, but my view is that the supporters as well as the club as a whole, are hungry for silverware, and this competition provides the most realistic place where we can achieve that. Enough of my views, this evenings opponents Barnsley who are managed by Paul Heckingbottom, are expected to bring 3,000 fans down to London for the match. The tykes are a club who we haven’t faced since the late 1990’s when a memorable David Ginola goal stole the show. The Yorkshire club, who play their football in the championship, have achieved a lot on a small budget since their return to the second tier. Barnsley have a talented young side who have some great up and coming prospects on their books. Two of them are loanees Harvey Barnes (Leicester) and Ike Ugbo (Chelsea) who incidentally both caused our youth teams great bother last season. Barnes is a tricky winger, whilst Ugbo is one of England finest striking prospects. Though, the tykes most potent player is probably Welsh centre forward Tom Bradshaw who holds a good scoring record for them.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of our youngsters that I have watched for years, get their debut tonight. But I’m also mindful of the fact that we must respect our opposition who beat Morecambe and Derby on route to this tie. I’ve a good feeling about this game. COYS

Absentees: Lamela, Wanyama, Rose.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm(c),Walker-Peters, Dier, Foyth, Bennetts, Winks, Oakley-Boothe, Sissoko, Alli, Nkoudou, Llorente.

Youngsters on the bench (my prediction): Dylan Duncan.

My predicted score line: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of a brace from Llorente, a goal from Alli and one from Walker-Peters!

One to watch: Barnsley’s on loan Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo, a player that our youth
teams will know very, very well.

Danny Blanchflower: A legendary association with both Spurs and Barnsley

Danny Blanchflower: A legendary association with both Spurs and Barnsley

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Arguably the most influential player in Spurs’ 135 year history, to ever don on the famous lilywhite shirt of Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Blanchflower was more than just a footballing legend for our club, the captain of the famous double winning side of 1960-61, Blanchflower is an integral part of Spurs’ DNA, and the famous club that they are today. Later today Spurs and Barnsley go toe to toe in a league cup third round tie at the national stadium, when the draw was first announced the first thing that popped in to my mind was Blanchflower’s association with both clubs during his playing careeer. The Belfast born wing half made his first foray into English football when he signed for the Yorkshire club Barnsley for a fee of £6000 back in 1949 from Northern Irish club Glentoran. Blanchflower played 68 times for the Yorkshire club as they played their football in the then old second division. A visionary of a player, the highly intelligent footballer becoming an important part of then managers Angus Seed’s side before transferring to Aston Villa in 1951. The Northern Ireland international and former manager of the national team, Blanchflower’s Spurs career was one for which few could better. The on the field brains behind our famous double winning side of 1960-61. Captain fantastic as he was known won an additional FA Cup with Spurs in 1962 as well as a European cup winners cup before retiring at the age of 38. The late Spurs legend is my footballing hero along with many others, and that makes this evenings cup tie all the more special for supporters of both clubs.

You couldn’t summarise Blanchflower’s wonderful career in just a short article, so I’ll end it on an amusing story from his Barnsley days. The former tykes manager Angus Seed, who was the brother of former Spurs great Jimmy. Was approached by Blanchflower who had just come back from an international match having been unhappy with his ball control and skill due to the high opposition players he had faced. The wing half said to Seed that he wanted to come back to Barnsley’s training ground in the afternoon with a ball, Seed almost collapsed when Blanchflower made this unheard of request. Seed replying: ”We can’t have that here, we believe if you don’t get the ball during the week you’ll want it all the more on Saturday.” Blanchflower replied by saying; ”if I don’t get it during the week, I might not recognise it on Saturday.” There’ll never be another Danny Blanchflower in the game, he was light years ahead of his time, with his magnificent footballing ability and various ideas about the game. His great quote is still remembered so fondly to this day by our club; “The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom.”

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

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

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”I didn’t think we got after the ball as aggressively as we have done and I just felt that we didn’t get into our groove quickly enough. We have players who didn’t play particularly well but the good thing is we haven’t been beaten.“ (Wayne Burnett)

It was the second time within three days that Spurs had come up against Swansea, this time it was our under 23’s turn as Wayne Burnett’s side hosted the South Wales club for this PL2 encounter, which was played at a chilly Broadhall way. Stevenage’s home ground has seen us win our past six under 23 games however, Spurs’ winning run was to come to an end on Monday evening as Burnett’s side had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The action was all in the second half as Burnett’s resilient side fought back from losing positions on two occasions to secure a valuable point. Spurs, who got the game underway had given the swans a half chance inside the first minute. After young Skipp gave away possession in a dangerous area but thankfully, Maghoma was in the box to get an important block from their resulting effort. A few minutes later Spurs went close at the other end when Pritchard’s whipped effort darted narrowly wide of the Spurs goal. It was an even start to the game, though Spurs had looked the slightly better side in the opening stages. Burnett’s side were beginning to attack more frequently, the prominent Jaden Brown going on a surging run down the left before playing through Sterling. Whose powerful effort stung the palms of Zabret. But Gary Richards physically imposing side showed what they were capable of going forward a couple of minutes later. Swansea’s dangerous cross was blocked by Tanganga, with the ball coming up to McBurnie whose looping header went over Whiteman, only to be superbly cleared off the line by the brave Christian Maghoma.

The game was lacking a spark from either side, it was turning into a scrappy game with few clear cut chances. A wonderful pass from Skipp just before the half hour mark, saw Sterling almost latch on to it inside the penalty area, as the swans continued to contain us. The game had echoes of that unforgettable game on Saturday between both these senior sides, as Swansea only managed to head over the crossbar from a corner kick on 40 minutes. As the uneventful first half came to an end, I felt I was watching a rerun of the opening 45 minutes of Saturdays match. The second half was a much more lively affair, though it was the visitors who started the brighter after the interval. Swansea’s Adnan Maric whipped in an inviting cross for the swans on 50 minutes, but thankfully for Spurs Christian Maghoma was there to get a vital head on the ball to clear it wide, before the Swansea forward next to him had the chance to convert. Just two minutes later the deadlock was broken, as the Welsh club took the lead. A pacy Swansea corner was nodded goal bound by the potent McBurnie whose effort was unfortunately bundled in at the far post by Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga, 0-1. Soon afterwards Swansea again threatened Burnett’s side, Spurs defender Jaden Brown was forced into making a vital block to deny the advancing McBurnie on the edge of the penalty area. Swansea’s attacking onslaught was to continue from the resulting corner kick. Their low corner being met by a Swansea player who fired the ball straight at Whiteman who parried. The visitors were starting to control the game as they maintained possession, as they went in search of strengthening their lead. This concerning shift in possession wasn’t to last long however.

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As Spurs responded on 57 minutes with a Kazaiah Sterling equaliser, the centre forward was picked out by a long range pass from Brown. The ball bouncing over the head of the Swansea defender, as Sterling sprinted through on goal before cutting inside a Swansea defender, and calmly slotting the ball past Zabret, 1-1. A really well taken goal from the 18 year old, his fifth of the campaign. The contest had become much better after our equaliser, as both teams really went for the win. Edwards slid the ball through to Sterling on the hour mark down the right side of the penalty area. The centre forward going close as he fired against the side netting. Despite Burnett’s team carving their way back into the game, they were dealt a significant blow 14 minutes from time. The rain was gushing down as Adam King sent an accurate ball into the Spurs area which was brought down well by McBurnie inside the box. The Scotsman calmly slotting the ball past Whiteman to restore Swansea’s lead. A promising run from Edwards down the right flank as Spurs were looking to respond immediately, saw the England youth international cut across the edge of the box before firing over the cross bar. It wasn’t to matter though as Spurs substitute Keanan Bennetts proved minutes later. The pacy winger scoring a truly brilliant goal to draw Spurs level. The nimble footed Bennetts scored a similar one to the goal he bagged against Dortmund in midweek, as the young winger cut inside from the left wing. Before, beating two Swansea players and unleashing a wonderful curling effort at goal, which nestled inside the far corner of Zabret’s goal to send the crowd wild with appreciation.

Burnett’s side were really going for the winner, Marcus Edwards embarking on another mazy from the right flank before firing narrowly over. The game was anyone’s for the taking, as Swansea proved on 89 minutes when an unmarked player headed the resulting corner kick just over Whiteman’s cross bar. And it was the swans who had the chance to win it right near the death, as Whiteman was called into action. The potent McBurnie’s late header forcing a brilliant low save from Whiteman, and he bravely smothered Garrick’s follow up to ensure the point. I will be traveling up to Liverpool to report on our under 23’s next game this Friday, when Burnett’s side take on the reds at the world famous Anfield. COYS

Player reviews:
– Alfie Whiteman: Impressed, made a couple of really important stops.
– TJ Eyoma: Solid and composed, was efficient in his play.
– Japhet Tanganga: Put in a good performance at centre half, was really involved in the game, made some top challenges/interceptions. One of our best players on the night.
– Christian Maghoma: Linked up well with Tanganga, had a good game at centre half. Made a really important clearance in the first half. His physical presence against McBurnie was much needed.
– Jaden Brown: I thought Brown had a great game last night, he’s started the season in great form. He was solid and involved down the left as he made some important challenges, but what was so good about his game. Was the numerous forward runs he made from deep, he was so strong on the ball.
– Luke Amos: Very busy in the midfield, was efficient and tidy in his play.
– Oliver Skipp: Another great display from the Spurs starlet, so mature and comfortable in the middle of the park against much more physical players, his strength at times was astounding.
– Marcus Edwards: Had a very quiet first half, but he grew in to the game later on and looked dangerous and creative.
– Joe Pritchard: Tidy and workman like display from the skipper. Noticed how he switched with Skipp on occasions.
– Anthony Georgiou: Didn’t quite come off for him last night, worked his socks off down the left. But I felt we didn’t utilise his pace and creativity. Cannot fault his work ethic, hope to see him on the bench against Barnsley tonight.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Very impressive, such a high presser of the ball, Sterling was clinical in front on goal and took his goal really well.
– Keanan Bennetts: Changed the game when he came on, his pace, trickery and creativity gave us a whole new dimension. His wonder goal to secure us a point was quite breathtaking!

My man of the match: Jaden Brown. I thought Brown had a great game last night, he has started the season in great form. He was solid and involved down the left as he made some important challenges, but what was so good about his game. Was the numerous forward runs he made from deep, he was so strong on the ball and showed real maturity. Also got an assist.

 

Spurs: Whiteman, Eyoma, Brown, Amos, C Maghoma, Tanganga, Edwards, Skipp (S Shashoua 88), Sterling (Tracey 74), Pritchard (c), Georgiou (Bennetts 68). Substitutes (not used): Loft, O’Reilly (GK).

Swansea City: Zabret, Reid, Lewis, Evans, Harries, Rodon (c), King, Maric, McBurnie, Byers, Baker-Richardson (Garrick 88). Substitutes (not used): Cullen, Cooper, Bainbridge, Thomas (GK).

Goals: Spurs – Sterling 57, Bennetts 81; Swansea – Tanganga (OG) 52, McBurnie 76.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Skipp 71; Swansea – King 31, Baker-Richardson 58, Evans 71.

Referee: Christopher O’Donnell.

Attendance: 494.

 

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

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

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Wayne Burnett’s development squad return to PL2 action on Monday evening, when his side host Swansea at the Lamex stadium. On the back of a 4-1 defeat to current holders of the league (Everton) last Sunday, our under 23’s return to a ground where they hold an excellent recent record. Having won our last six games at Stevenage’s stadium, Burnett’s side will fancy making it seven when they host a newly promoted Swansea side on Monday evening. The opposition, who were promoted from division two last season after finishing top of their league, have started the season with four points from their first four league games. The swans last match was a 5-2 victory over Derby county, though Gary Richards’ side had the luxury of having senior players such as Wilfred Bony and Luciano Narsingh in their side. Swansea under 23’s head coach had the following to say ahead of Mondays game: “Monday’s win against Derby has given us confidence and we want to use that result as a catalyst to continue to raise our game for back-to-back performances in the league.
Our players learned a lot from the experience of first-team players alongside them and I hope we can show that in upcoming games. We have to make sure we are competitive and continue to raise our game.“ Burnett’s team will be very telling come Monday evening, with the seniors playing Barnsley just a day later in the league cup, with a fair few youth players expected to play their part in that game, the absentees tomorrow will give a greater indication of who Pochettino will give first team action to.

Ironically our meeting with Swansea comes just two days after our senior side played out a frustrating stalemate with the South Wales team, here’s hoping we don’t see the same tomorrow. As always, I will be reporting on tomorrows game. COYS

Team news: The team sheet will be an intriguing one for this game due to Tuesdays Carabao cup game. I’d expect there to be at least five youngsters in Pochettino’s match day squad, I’d be very surprised if Marcus Edwards and Anthony Georgiou weren’t two of them. Shayon Harrison still appears to be injured so I wouldn’t expect to see him in action against Swansea. Meanwhile 17 year old striker Reo Griffiths wasn’t involved for our under 18’s match at the weekend, my theory is that he’ll be involved in the under 23 match tomorrow, possibly because Sterling is going to be involved in the Barnsley match. Either way, tomorrows match day squad will be of great interest.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Marsh, Maghoma, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Skipp, Amos, Tracey, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Griffiths.

My score prediction: Spurs 4-2.

One to watch: Swansea’s talented 22 year old winger Kenji Gorré and one time Man united academy player is my one to watch for Mondays game. The Dutchman is a talented and experienced player with an eye for goal.

Some thoughts on Spurs’ stalemate with Swansea:

Some thoughts on Spurs’ stalemate with Swansea:

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Spurs’ goalless draw with Paul Clement’s Swansea at Wembley stadium, was the last thing Spurs fans would have expected following their energetic and highly impressive 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Having just come to yesterday’s game from our under 18’s victory over Leicester on the same afternoon, I was looking forward to seeing what I thought would be our first league win at Wembley. I expected us to play that same high pressing and penetrating style of football that we had seen over the past two games. Whilst we weren’t disappointing going forward, Pochettino’s side had come up against an impeccable Swansea defence. Clement had set his side up for one thing only, a draw. The back three of Mawson, Fernandez and Van Der Hoorn were immense. It was a dull game, the first half seeing Spurs have all the possession but unable to create any clear cut chances. The negative set up of the visitors stifled our creative play, the lack of pace down the flanks also not helping matters. Kane’s dipping long range free kick was our best effort of the half, only being denied by a fine stop from Fabianksi. Our penetrating attacking play didn’t really change in the second half, Pochettino’s tactical change. Which saw the swapping of make shift wingback Son with Sissoko, improving us going forward, the South Korean international was good going forward and had a couple of good efforts of his own. The second half also saw the introduction of Serge Aurier who had such a positive debut in midweek his pace and power helped us going forward, but the attacking trio of Kane, Alli and Eriksen just couldn’t convert.

When Kane’s close range effort cannoned off the crossbar on 56 minutes you just knew it wasn’t going to be our day. We lacked that spark or pace of a player that could turn a game on its head. It’s quite extraordinary when you take a look at the games statistics, 75% ball possession for Spurs to Swansea’s 25% and our eight shots on target to their zero are pretty mind boggling when you consider the outcome of the game. However, regardless of our domination of the game on a possessional basis, I still don’t feel that warranted us the victory. Pochettino’s side were on the back of a midweek high, with the excellent result against Dortmund taking a lot out of them. Spurs didn’t replicate that same dynamic style of play. Which absent players such as Dembele and Ben Davies were a part of. Whilst we were certainly unlucky not to have scraped a win yesterday, the impeccable defending of the visitors strangled our creative play, they were closing us down all over the park and for that you can’t help but give them credit for their point. Trippier’s excellent late, long range effort almost won us the game in spectacular fashion but despite all the lads effort, it just wasn’t to be our day. For all the criticism Moussa Sissoko got from yesterday’s game it’s worth remembering that crucial last ditch challenge that he made in the first half, which could of so easily swayed the game in the swans favour. Our captain Hugo Lloris sums up the game in a nutshell: “It was a good performance, yes, but not enough. Okay, we had some chances but we need to start the game in a better way and to be more aggressive in the first 10 or 15 minutes. Swansea came here for a draw and to keep it at 0-0 as long as possible. We tried and tried until the end but unfortunately we ran out of time.”

We’ve got an important league cup tie with Barnsley in midweek which I’m really looking forward to. And if we get back to winning ways against the championship club with a good display, then I for one will have already forgotten of the frustrating draw to Swansea. COYS

 

Spurs under 18’s 2-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-1 Leicester City: (match report)

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Our under 18’s debut appearance in the new premier league under 18 cup, ended in a hard fought 2-1 victory yesterday. As Scott Parker’s battling side managed to grind out a 2-1 victory over Leicester City, at their belvoir drive training complex. Just like the last time these sides met little under a month ago, it was a game of two halves Spurs dominating the first with some superb and intricate attacking football which should have seen them go into half time with more than a two goal lead. The second half saw the foxes revitalised, they had us defending for our lives for the whole of the second period, though Parker’s lads did create chances down the other end. It was a nervy end which despite suffering a bombardment from the home side, saw a very young Spurs side somehow scrape victory in their first game in the competition. It was a lively start to the game, Leicester having a half chance inside the first minute. After Spurs centre half Statham gave possession away to a Leicester player whose snap shot was hit straight at De Bie. Parker’s side then got off to the ideal start with in five minutes when Dilan Markanday put the lilywhites ahead. The goal came after, Patterson turned round on to his left foot just outside the area, before curling an effort on to the left post, the ball rebounded for Markanday inside the area, to tap home into an empty net. Spurs had gathered momentum from their early lead, playing some intricate attacking football as Parker’s side began to create a flurry of decent chances. Parker’s lads were further rewarded for their bright start when Patterson’s low drive was parried by Stolarczyk with the ball coming to Markanday who nodded the ball home to get his and Spurs’ second of the game.

Soon afterwards the tricky winger Dilan Markanday almost netted his hat trick, Patterson again the creator, his shot being scrambled away to the alert Markanday. Whose following effort is saved, the ball then came out to Lyons-Foster his resulting attempt was also thwarted by Stolarczyk. Apart from having a goal ruled out for offside Spurs had really contained Leicester, whose youngsters couldn’t break down our solid and dominant defenders. Prominent left back Jamie Reynolds burst forward before striking a long range effort at goal, which was thwarted by their active goalkeeper. This, followed a rare attack from the foxes as they sent a header harmlessly over De Bie’s crossbar. However, Parker’s side continued their attacking exploits, Paris Maghoma creating a good chance just after the half hour mark. The midfielder drove forward on one of his typically powerful surging runs before playing through Richards inside the penalty area, the strikers effort being well saved down low by Stolarczyk. It was an eventful end to what had been a dramatic half, as Leicesters number 7 forced De Bie into making an important finger tip save to deny his long range effort. Then Leicester had another chance down our end, when a mix up inside the box saw De Bie spill a cross, but the Belgian done well to block Leicester’s follow up.

Leicester’s energised end to the half continued when their number 10 (Apologies, I once again couldn’t get a team sheet!) slotted through one of their forwards down the right side of the area, his first time shot being tipped on to the post by De Bie. Leicester started the second half, even more revitalised than they had ended the first, the half had barely begun when a dangerous cross whipped into the Spurs area had to be cleared by Lock. The foxes were pressing our lads incredibly high as Trevor Peake’s side went in search of a route back into the game, our defence had to be alert as they continued to attack us. An attacking move by the home side ended in one of their players lashing an effort at goal, which was easily gathered by the Spurs captain. Then in quick succession, the game saw Leicester’s number 11 nod the ball narrowly wide of the Spurs goal, Parker’s side were really under the cosh. Spurs had barely entered their half since the restart, such was the dominance of the home team. However, that all changed when Leicester deservedly got a goal back on 68 minutes. The referee immediately awarding Leicester a penalty, following Lock’s trip on Leshabela inside the area. A touch from De Bie wasn’t enough to deny Leshabela’s low effort. Parker’s side knew that they had to consolidate their lead if they were to walk away with three points, this saw Spurs embark on a couple of decent forward runs. A free kick on the edge of the Leicester box dipped just wide after Maghoma’s fine strike, then a fine move from Spurs. Which saw Shashoua and Richards exchange passes, before the latter turned to goal only to fire narrowly wide of Stolarczyk’s goal.

Spurs were desperately trying to see out the final minutes of the game but they also showed a bit of the attacking flair that had won them the first half. A great pass from Maghoma picked out Richards inside the penalty area, the striker chested the ball down before firing an effort at goal, which was tipped over by Stolarczyk. The newly introduced Maurizio Pochettino then, played through Markanday a couple of minutes later. His deflected effort squirming just wide of the goal. Leicester’s number 9 then almost secured a point at the other end. After his fabulous bicycle kick was tipped to safety by the alert De Bie. Then as the game neared to an end, Leicester were inches away from grabbing a point which they would have most certainly deserved. The resulting corner kick being met by Brown whose powerful header smashed off the post, as Spurs somehow manage to cling on. It was a real rollercoaster ride of a game, Pochettino showed good feet at the end before testing Stolarczyk from long range, as the game entered a nail biting final moments. Parker’s lads were jumping for joy at the final whistle, as hard work and a bit of luck on the way, had ensured Spurs’ first victory in this new competition. Parker’s lads host Aston Villa next Saturday as league action resumes. COYS

Quick note: Our under 16’s were also in action against the foxes yesterday, despite taking a two goal lead Spurs ended up losing the game 3-2.

Player reviews:
– Jonathan De Bie: Really good performance from the Belgian youth international! Made some really important saves, his leadership was also very good. Also of note, De Bie showed real class on the final whistle, when he went straight over to the opposing keeper who was distraught, on the floor.
– Matt Lock: Fine performance from the attacking right back, both offensively and defensively. Made some really important blocks.
– Maxwell Statham: Impressive, read the game well and had a calming influence on the game, reassuring and efficient.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Similar to Statham, Lyons-Foster also impressed. He was clever both on and off the ball, made some crucial challenges.
– Jamie Reynolds: His second game filling in at left back, and I felt that he done a superb job. He was prominent going forwards and tracking back to make important interceptions, looked very confident.
– Jamie Bowden: Bowden is such a consistent player, I thought he was our best player in Saturdays win. Like a Michael Carrick, he keeps the team ticking with the many numerous interceptions he makes in the midfield. I watched him closely yesterday, he was very intelligent in his play and reading of the game. Tidy and composed, he often broke up play with aplomb. His accurate passing and close ball control made him really stand out. My man of the match!
– Paris Maghoma: A dominant and commanding force in the midfield, he’s many promising forward runs and Dembele like ability saw him shrug off opposition players on numerous occasions. Also took some nice free kicks.
– Phoenix Patterson: Another great display from the winger, really dangerous going forward with his energetic and skilful runs. Bagged two assists.
– Armando Shashoua: I felt Shashoua had a terrific game yesterday, he was so effective in what we did. It was another workman like performance from the 16 year old, he was tenacious and resilient. He was creative going forward but it was the many interceptions that he won which was so influential, he would often drop deep. Has a bit of a Renato Sanches style to his game!
– Dilan Markanday: Excellent performance from a player whose started the season in fine form. Really good on the ball, creative and good at getting into good positions hence why he grabbed a deserved brace.
– Rodel Richards: Played well, looked sharp and pressed high throughout. Unlucky not to score, had a couple of good efforts on goal.

My man of the match: Jamie Bowden. I thought he was our best player in Saturdays win. Like a Michael Carrick, he keeps the team ticking with the many numerous interceptions he makes in the midfield. I watched him closely yesterday, he was very intelligent in his play and reading of the game. Tidy and composed, he often broke up play with aplomb. His accurate passing and close ball control made him really stand out. My man of the match!

Spurs U18s: De Bie (c), Lock, Reynolds, Bowden, Statham (Omolabi 73), Lyons-Foster, Patterson (Mukendi 69), P Maghoma, Richards (Pochettino 83), A Shashoua, Markanday. Substitutes (not used): Tainio, Oluwayemi (GK).

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

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

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Matches come thick and fast for Spurs’ various youth sides, our under 18’s are in action on Saturday morning when the young lilywhites make their foray into the new premier league under 18 cup with a trip to Leicester city’s Belvoir drive training complex. Scott Parker’s side meet the foxes talented youth side for the second time in less than a month, the last one ending 4-2 to Leicester, you can read my match report from that game below:

https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/19/spurs-under-18s-2-4-leicester-city-match-report/

Parker’s lads will have there work cut out if they are to start the competition off with a victory against Trevor Peake’s so far unbeaten side, though our lads are more than capable of stopping their record from continuing. I will be reporting on today’s game, and shall have an in depth match report published for after our seniors big game against Swansea. COYS

 

My predicted lineup: De Bie(c), Lock, Statham, Omolabi, Hinds, Bowden, P.Maghoma, P.Patterson, A.Shashoua, Markanday, Griffiths.

One to watch: Leicesters goalscoring midfielder Conor Tee.

A quick piece on the heroic performance of Toby Alderweireld during Wednesday’s victory:

A quick piece on the heroic performance of Toby Alderweireld during Wednesday’s victory:

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There are few things more satisfying for a Spurs fan than seeing your team show resilience, class and composure to see off one of Europes finest sides. Pochettino’s side done exactly that on Wednesday night as Spurs put the ‘Wembley curse’ to the pages of history, to defeat German club Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at the national stadium, in a result which will prove so, so important to our season in many different ways. On the back of a deeply pleasing victory over Everton at the weekend, Pochettino’s side came up against a multi talented Dortmund side who played some breathtaking attacking football during the game, but it was the tactical masterclass of Spurs boss Pochettino that swayed the game into our favour. With the visitors unable to maintain their high pressing game, Spurs played their finest football at the national stadium to date, to see off the Bundesliga club in style, with an assured 3-1 victory. Rather than writing a piece on the game itself, I thought I’d write a quick piece on a particular players performance during the game. The performance of Toby Alderweireld may not has been as noticeable as that of the superb Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen, but for me the Belgian centre half was magical during Wednesday nights game. Alderweireld marshalled our defence, with his impeccable timing and play. No one could deny his passion and commitment throughout the game. Time after time he made crucial tackles that helped relieve the pressure for Spurs.

Whilst all players played as a team I could not help focusing on Toby as he instilled the confidence and self belief throughout the whole game. Alderweirld showed the skill and determination that will be needed for us to be truly successful at Wembley this season. Come on Real Madrid.

Spurs under 19’s get off to great start in the UEFA youth league:

Spurs under 19’s get off to great start in the UEFA youth league:

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”We can’t moan – it was 4-0, I thought we showed a clinical side to our game and we did pretty well so it’s pleasing in that respect. There’s still room for improvement but we’ll look to try to achieve that in the next few games.” (Scott Parker)

Yesterday was a day for Tottenham Hotspur supporters to saviour, it was a day in which we put the ‘Wembley curse’ behind us with a stunning 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the champions league. However, it was also a day which saw our under 19’s triumph in spectacular fashion over the German side, in their first group game of the UEFA youth league. Scott Parker’s strong side which boasted a plethora of talent, brushed aside Dortmund with a spectacular and solid display at our Enfield based training centre. Broadcast live on BT Sport for Spurs fans to enjoy, Spurs dominanted from the offing, with goals from Marcus Edwards x2, Keanan Bennetts and Kazaiah Sterling ensuring a comfortable win over a talented opposition. Spurs face APOEL Nicosia in their next game in less than a fortnight, the Cypriot side lost 10-0 to Real Madrid yesterday! I will be back reporting on our youth games on Saturday when I travel Leicester for our under 18’s first match of the new under 18 premier league cup. COYS

A couple of statistics: – Marcus Edwards now has four goals and two assists so far this campaign. Could we be seeing him next Tuesday against Barnsley?
– Spurs had 57% of ball possession to Dortmund’s 43%.
– Spurs recorded six shots on target to the visitors one.
– Our under 19’s win against Dortmund was only our second ever win in the competition since we made our debut last season.

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Brown, Skipp, Marsh, Tanganga, Duncan (S Shashoua 65), Oakley-Boothe, Sterling (Griffiths 77), Edwards (c), Bennetts (Roles 71). Substitutes (not used): De Bie (GK), Hinds, Omolabi, Lyons-Foster.

Borussia Dortmund: Bansen, Stuhldreier, Beste, Schwermann (c, Kehr 73), Lippert, Pieper, Baxmann, Yilma, Kopacz, Kyeremateng (Aydinel 46), Bruun Larsen (Bulut 63). Substitutes (not used): Jonas (GK), Missner, Raschl, Sechelmann.

Goals: Spurs – Edwards 4 (pen), 61, Bennetts 30, Sterling 32.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Roles 75; Borussia Dortmund – Schwermann 70.

Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones.