Spurs 2-1 Swansea: (match report)

Spurs 2-1 Swansea: (match report)

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Spurs earned a thrilling victory against Swansea this afternoon at the lane,as a magnificent Spurs side continued their premier league title challenge,with a 2-1 victory over Swansea. It was the South Wales club who started with a flourish,in a bitterly cold north London,as former Spurs man Gylfi Sigurdsson came mightily close to opening the lead. The Icelandic international received a pass in the box and his close range effort was stopped superbly by Lloris as the Frenchman pulled of a wonderful reflex save. Spurs came close two minutes afterwards as Danny Rose picked out Lamela with a pass into the box. However,Lamela’s stabbed shot darted narrowly over the crossbar. Our attacking intent was clear to see in the opening minutes, as Kane made a fine run into the oppositions box as he shot from the inswinging cross,his effort was saved from close range by the open armed Fabianski. Disaster struck on the 19th minute for the Lillywhites as Swansea’s Italian striker Alberto Paloschi opened the scoring for Swansea. Paloschi ran forward into the area to convert the rebound,he fired it high into the right hand corner of the net,1-0 Swansea!

Fabianski made a very good save on 34 minutes after Son ran into the box through on goal,the South Korea international was almost destined to score,although his thumping effort was thwarted away strongly by Fabianski. Shortly afterwards Swansea almost doubled their lead on Spurs as Paloschi made a good run to meet a cross,but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Alderweireld as the Belgian kept the score at 1-0. In stoppage time of the first half Eric Dier received a fine pass in the six yard box but he was unable to connect well enough to trouble Fabianski,1-0 to Swansea at the interval. It didn’t take long after the restart for Spurs to have an impact as Eriksen released a fine shot from 25 metres,but the Dane was denied well by the alert Fabianski in the Swansea net. Eriksen again went close six minutes later as he hit a free kick with magnificent precision, only to see the ball fly inches wide of the right post. The lillywhites piled on the pressure in the following minutes, Danny Rose fiercely hit shot was saved wonderfully by Fabianski,as it was still somehow 1-0 to Swansea. With 20 minutes remaining the crowds bellows were made with a growing sense of apprehension, however we equalised on 70 minutes. Kyle Walker drove the ball into the crowded box and the substitute Nacer Chadli side footed an effort into the bottom left hand corner,1-1!

The lads showed excellent resilience in the following chunk of the game and their incredible tenacity provided us with the winner in the 77th minute. Danny Rose controlled the ball as Eriksen found him,and Rose smashed a low shot in to the bottom right hand corner of the net to send the Spurs faithful into sheer delirium,2-1 Spurs. The Lilywhites were unfortunate not to have a third as moments later Kyle Walker had the ball in the back of the net, however the assistant referee deemed Walker to have been offside. It wasn’t to matter though as Spurs saw the remaining minutes through to record an incredible victory. Spurs exhibited their motto in this match as “to dare is to do” was put perfectly into practice as the Lillywhites never gave in until victory was theirs. Another incredible team performance from the Kings of White Hart Lane. Eriksen was my man of the match,Alderweireld and Rose were some of the other key performers in what was a treat of a match. West Ham up next on Wednesday as we aim to win the league.COYS⚽️

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Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Eriksen, Lamela (Chadli 62), Alli, Son (Mason 75), Kane (Onomah 84). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Bentaleb.

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Saturday’s youth report:

Saturday’s youth report:

Under 18’s: Our under 18’s were involved in a thrilling 4-3 victory against West Brom earlier today at Hotspur way as the under 18’s rich vein of form continues. The goals were scored by; Jack Roles(39),Kazaiah Sterling(50),Marcus Edwards(80),Shilow Tracey(86).

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Spurs U18s: McDermott, Tsaroulla, Brown, Marsh (Oakley-Boothe 63), Mukena, Maghoma, Edwards, Roles, Sterling (Tracey 77), Duncan (Kirby 63), Shashoua. Substitutes (not used): Oteh, Austin (GK).

Under 16’s: Our under 16’s were victorious against west brom today, as the lads won 3-2 against West Brom courtesy of a sensational first half hat-trick by Reo Griffiths. His 27th goal of the current campaign.

Loanees:

Dominic Ball: Ball was an unused substitute as Rangers recorded a 1-0 victory this afternoon in the Scottish Championship.

Grant Ward: Ward came on to score a late winner in Rotherham’s relegation six pointer against Brentford this afternoon, an incredible afternoon for the youngster.

Connor Ogilvie: Ogilvie played the full ninety as Stevenage lost 2-0 to Exeter in league two.

DeAndre Yedlin: Yedlin played the whole of Sunderland’s defeat at the Boleyn ground as they lost 1-0 to West Ham in the premier league. The USA international played at right back.

Alex Pritchard: Pritchard wasn’t involved in West Brom’s 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.
Nathan Oduwa: Oduwa only just joined Colchester United on a one-month loan. However the Nigeria under 23 international came on in the 82nd minute for the struggling league one side as they drew 0-0 at home to Shrewsbury.

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Spurs v Swansea: (Match preview)

Spurs v Swansea: (Match preview)

Venue:White Hart lane
Date:Sunday 28th February 14:05
Head2Heads:Swansea 2-2,Spurs 3-2,Spurs 2-1.
Live coverage: BBC radio 5 live
Referee: Mike Jones

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Match preview: Spurs will go in to this vital premier league encounter against Swansea in high confidence, after their demolition of Fiorentina in mid week. We face a Swansea side at the lane who have struggled for form and goals throughout the season, anything other than three points would leave the Spurs fans in utter disbelief. However, that in itself puts a lot of pressure on the players, but I believe our tenacity and talent across all positions shall overwhelm the Swans. Furthermore,I believe that the hunger for the title amongst the squad will only make them better and with so many players on form, Sunday should prove to be a glorious affair for the lillywhites.

One to watch:The talented former Spurs man; (Gylfi Sigurdsson)

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Team news:Kane may start after missing Thursday’s game with a broken nose,Carroll is a doubt whilst Dembele,Vertonghen and Njié are all absentees. Walker and Rose will return to the full back positions. Lamela may retain his place on the wing after his impressive Thursday night display.

My predicted team line up: (4-2-3-1) Lloris,Walker,Alderweireld,Wimmer,Rose,Dier,Mason,Lamela,Alli,Eriksen,Kane.

My score prediction: 4-0 Spurs courtesy of goals from Lamela x2,Kane and Rose.

Spurs3-0Fiorentina: (Match report)

Spurs3-0Fiorentina: (Match report)

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Match report:Our exceptional performance against La Viola last night sent us marching into the round of 16 as a side that no one will want to face.Fiorentina who sit third in Serie A started the game on par with us with possessional football being the style exhibited by both sets of players.However it was clear in the early stages that our hunger to extend our lead was fierce as we weren’t keen to sit back and play the waiting game.Eric Dier went the closest early on,as in the 12th minute he leapt high to power a header from the resulting corner,it strayed narrowly wide with Alli unable to meet it despite his best efforts in the box.A passionate response from Sunday’s heartache preceded and in the 25th minute a promising move resulted in the deadlock being broken.The lads broke in to a free flowing attack and after a good run from Mason,Alli passed to him from outside the box and the academy graduate ceased his opportunity as his skilful run in to the area resulted in a perfect side footed finish in to the bottom left hand corner of the net,1-0 Spurs!Shortly before half time Fiorentina went close through former West brom man,Borja Valero.The spaniard found himself in space and as a dangerous free kick was whipped in Spurs were fortunately left off the hook as Valero’s inaccurate header hit the side netting.

The second half started with a sense of panache from the lilywhites and it immediately showed as Nacer Chadli put the ball in to the back of the net after a good move, however the Belgian had strayed just offside.In the 63rd minute we doubled our advantage against the Italians,Nacer Chadli hit a powerful effort after meeting a pin point pass, though Fiorentina’s goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu denied him with a brilliant save.However,the ball eventually came to the unbalanced Lamela who swivelled around to make an adroit finish, a wonderfully crafted goal 2-0 Spurs!However,a wonderful European performance was slightly overshadowed by a booking for Alli in what was an extremely harsh decision by the referee,as he deemed a shove on Alli to have been simulation from the 19 year old,that yellow card means he will miss our first leg tie against Dortmund.Two minutes later Trippier capped of a wonderful performance by threading an exceptional cross through to the danger zone as Fiorentina’s Gonzalo Rodriguez attempted clearance ended up in the back of the net,3-0 to Spurs!

A little over five minutes afterwards Spurs nearly made it four,Ryan Mason struck a wonderful volley from just outside the area which was beat away by the Fiorentina goalkeeper.We again went close in stoppage time,Eriksen had a shot saved well from Tătăruşanu the Danes low strike almost nestling in the back of the net.The final score Spurs three Fiorentina nil,an outstanding display from the lads as they responded in style to Sunday’s defeat.We march on in to the round of 16 where we will face Borussia Dortmund in what will be a gargantuan European cup tie.Our performance on the night was exceptional as we outclassed the third place Serie A side in every sector,every player in our team was brilliant through out.Toby Alderweireld put in a magnificent display as the sheer class of the Belgian international showed through out as he dealt with Fiorentina expertly.Lamela and Ryan Mason were the offensive stand outs Mason was phenomenal as his passion and work rate and ultimate performance made him my man of the match with him netting his second goal of the season.Lamela also sparkled through his skill and creativity wowing the Spurs faithful,and his goal was taken extremely well.Swansea up next for the lads on Sunday,COYS⚽️

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Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Dier, Mason (Winks 87), Lamela (Onomah 76), Alli (Bentaleb 84), Eriksen, Chadli. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Rose, Son.

Spurs v Fiorentina: (Match preview)

Spurs v Fiorentina: (Match preview)

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Venue:White Hart lane
Date:Thursday 25th February 20:05
Head2Heads:Spurs1-1,Fiorentina2-0,Fiorentina1-1.
Live coverage:BTSport/ESPN
Match preview:The lads will be looking to make amends after crashing out of the FA cup at the weekend,and they have the perfect opportunity to do so when they face Fiorentina at the lane this Thursday in the second leg of our Europa league round of 32 tie.Having drawn the first leg in Florence one all we hold the advantage going in to the return tie however slender it may be.An early lead is most paramount for our encounter with La viola, if a replication of events from the palace game were to be the case again the outcome would be ghastly,for Fiorentina to take the lead at any stage would cause utter frustration for our attack.The lads would most probably be suppressed for the entirety of the match and Fiorentina ‘s expertise in this sector would likely spell our elimination from this competition.

One to watch:Khouma Babacar

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Team news:There are a cluster of fresh injury concerns ahead our clash with the Serie A side.Harry Kane broke his nose against Palace and will be out for tomorrow’s game after having an operation today.In addition Dembele suffered a groin injury in the same game and is expected to be out for a minimum of 10 days,Tom Carroll also remains sidelined though is expected to be back in action next week.Whilst Jan Vertonghen and Clinton again remain sidelined. Furthermore,Kane’s absence is likely to see Son start up front whilst Lloris will return in goal after his recovery from injury.Alderweireld will partner Wimmer in the defence and Mason may start in place of the injured Dembele.

My team predictions:(4-2-3-1) Lloris,Trippier,Alderweireld,Wimmer,Davies,Dier,Mason,Lamela,Alli,Eriksen,Son.

My score prediction:3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Lamela x2 and Son.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1Crystal Palace:

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1Crystal Palace:

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Match report:Sunday afternoon saw the players of Tottenham Hotspur take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fifth round as they looked to progress to the quarter-finals of the prestigious competition. We started the game in highly positive fashion with our attacking line exhibiting highly explosive and offensive football.Furthermore, it only took three minutes for a chance to present itself to the Lilywhites,Alli’s close range diving header was superbly blocked on the line by Cabaye as it went as far as Onomah who’s header sailed high over the cross bar.Spurs bombarded Palace in the following minutes with there attacking prowess and high energy, the lads produced plenty of promising chances as we overwhelmed the Eagles early on.However a golden opportunity fell to Palace in the 23rd minute,a long range pass caused confusion for Wimmer and Dier as Walker panicked to fill in as he headed the ball over the head of Vorm.However the dutchman produced a magnificent save,as he palmed the ball away from the goal.Vorm again made a key save shortly afterwards,Scott Dann tried to find Ledley within the Spurs box but Vorm showed great awareness and managed to clutch the incoming ball from the Welshman’s feet.

Soon after palace’s chance we went on the break,a splendid run from Son as he weaved his way through the Palace defence only to be intercepted by Delaney in the box,as the Irishman poked it out to the feet of Alli who’s deflected side footed effort clipped the inside of the post before rolling across the goal line and clipping the adjacent post before Joel Ward cleared, a desperately unlucky effort.Three minutes afterwards an in swinging cross from Walker was volleyed waywardly by Onomah,luck was not on our side.41 minutes in we were awarded a free kick from 25 metres out Kane stepped up confidently,his dipping effort was nestling into the bottom right hand corner when Hennessey managed to thwart it wide. The deadlock was broken in stoppage time of the first half,Zaha held the ball up and played in the free Martin Kelly on the right hand side and the scotsman drilled the ball inside the near post,1-0 Palace.

Shortly after the restart Alli surged forward with the intent of playing through Son Who was ultimately unable to get through the congestion that the Palace players created. The lads went close again three minutes later,Alli’s fine cross was unable to be met by Onomah as the youngster couldn’t latch onto the ball. The Eagles shut up shop as our intensity depreciated as did some of the players passion to a certain degree. Despite a couple of fine chances Kane and Alli included with Alli’s thumping effort searing narrowly wide.Yet our fate was sealed as our depleted players seemed more unlikely to score and as our fans left the terraces our team left the FA Cup. The full-time result Spurs 0-1Crystal Palace, yet another premature end to another FA cup campaign, leaving our true fans who rightfully care so deeply about this cup extremely disgruntled,however as Alli put it on Instagram:”We go again” and his spot on for that is the Spurs philosophy, and they can certainly make amends on Thursday night.COYS⚽️

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm, Walker, Wimmer, Dier, Rose, Dembele (Eriksen 46), Bentaleb, Alli (Mason 80), Onomah, Son (Chadli 67), Kane (c). Substitutes (not used): McGee, Alderweireld, Trippier, Winks.

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Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur:(Match review)

 

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Match review: A confident performance from the Spurs players this evening resulted in a one all draw, with the lilywhites taking the imperative away goal back to north London for the second leg next Thursday,in what was a deeply satisfying result for the football club.La viola (Fiorentina) played a steady game and within the first half hour there defensive counter attacking tactics had our lads highly focused as they looked to carve through the rigid defensive line that the Italians held.On the thirty minute mark,controversy arose as Dele Alli launched a little kick in to the back of Nenad Tomović of Fiorentina as the full back lay on the floor as he tried to protect the ball from the pressing Alli as it rolled away for a goal kick.However,the 19-year-olds frustration fortunately wasn’t ajudged to be a sending off as Alli was only given a yellow card. Shortly afterwards Fiorentina almost took the lead,as Zarate peeled away from his marker and hit his shot narrowly wide from the in swinging cross.Thirty seven minutes in a good run from Ben Davies in to the penalty area resulted in a penalty being awarded after the Welshman was fouled.Nacer Chadli took the responsibility on his shoulders and he coolly despatched from the penalty spot 1-0 spurs! Chadli’s sixth goal of the season.Shortly before the half time whistle blew Zarate again went close after his volley narrowly flew over the bar,1-1 at the interval.

We had the ball in the back of the net shortly after the second half had begun,a wonderfully improvised Son header from a free kick,but it was ruled offside by the linesman.As the second half progressed Fiorentina’s chances of scoring depreciated as Alderweireld and Wimmer seemed unstoppable in the defence, yet fortune  was to present itself to Fiorentina.Bernadeschi’s 30 metre pot shot nestled luckily into the top corner of the net after a hefty deflection off our captain Ryan Mason,1-1!After the equaliser the lads looked to settle for the 1-1 draw which would give them the advantage going into the second leg and succeed they did in their mission.However it was not without anxiety as in the 90th minute Fiorentina’s Rodriguez headed agonisingly wide of the post.One all the final score as Spurs put in a very good performance in Tuscany,Alderweired may have remained unnoticed to some,simply because of his rapid efficiency but his superb defending for me makes him man of the match.We go into next weeks return leg at the lane on the front foot.COYS⚽️
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Mason (C), Carroll (Dembele 45); Son (Kane 68), Alli, Eriksen; Chadli (Dier 79). Substitutes (not used): McGee, Rose, Walker, Onomah.

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Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur (Match preview):

Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur (Match preview):

Venue:Stadio Artemio Franchi (Florence)
Date:Thursday 18th February 18:00pm
Head2Heads:Spurs1-1,Fiorentina2-0.
Live coverage:BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Live Streaming.

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Preview:
Our high flying lads face familiar opposition in the Europa league round of 32 tie against Fiorentina,having faced them at the same stage last season. However, we are the polar opposite this time round and to a lesser degree so are La viola. Last years memories were not fond ones, but this time around the Serie A club will no doubt be feeling perturbed, with us winning our last seven games in a row and becoming huge title contenders we are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Pochettino is likely to rotate the squad with a cluster of players expected to be rested, yet Pochettino also stressed the importance of this match and the tournament in general but with Crystal Palace on Sunday in the FA Cup,expect there to be a few key players rested.Paulo Sousa’s men posses a broad group of talent and the Italian giants will undoubtedly be another huge test for our players, La viola sit in third position in a highly competitive Serie A and hold the second-best home record in the league this season. The inform Nikola Kalinić formerly of Blackburn Rovers has been on very good form this current season netting on numerous occasions and will provide a tough test for our defenders.An away goal is vital to take home with us for the second leg at the lane,and after the Man City result on Sunday Pochettino and the players have us all believing that anything is capable and the lads for certain will not be fazed.

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Team news:Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njié again remain sidelined,whilst Lloris has not travelled because of a shoulder injury which could also rule him out of Sunday’s cup tie, Vorm will deputise.The full back positions again could be rotated with Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier likely to start,also Harry Kane may be replaced with Son up front as could key centre back Toby Alderweireld’s place in the starting eleven with Dier dropping back to central defence.Ryan Mason could also return to action in the midfield after having recovered from his injury.

My predicted starting 11: (4-2-3-1) Lloris,Davies,Wimmer,Dier,Trippier,Mason,Bentaleb,Chadli,Eriksen,Lamela,Son.

 

Score prediction:2-1 Spurs with goals from Chadli and Onomah.

Man City 1-2 Spurs:(match review)

Man City 1-2 Spurs:(match review)

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Match review: The industrious warriors,the lads of Tottenham Hotspur provided us with yet another tremendous performance,as Mauricio Pochettino masterminds a 2-1 victory over Man City,a team with an endless amount of class, quality and wealth. The Lilywhites cut Leicester’s deficit at the top to just two points, as our title surge and sheer tenacity stuns the rest of English football into silence.

Lead out by our captain Hugo Lloris the lads walked out in to the majestic Etihad stadium to face fourth placed Manchester City in what was our biggest game of the season so far. Our high pressing philosophy was put in to place from the start,as we looked to overwhelm a City side lacking the supreme fitness our lads possess, and our lads looked comfortable in play as we dictated the tempo in the early stages of the match. However,ten minutes in the formidable argentine Sergio Agüero found the ball due to the resulting corner, however the Man City icon blazed the ball surprisingly high into the stands. A little after ten minutes later the speed of Raheem Sterling caused our defence problems, as he found some space from with in the box to hit a thunderous volley which was superbly blocked by the valiant Danny Rose. Rose was thumped right in the chest as he kept the score at nil nil. There were to be no more significant chances in the first 45 minutes as we bossed the centre of the park with the quality presence of Dembele and Dier, we had an impressive 65 percent of the possession in the first half.

Within minutes of the restart Agüero again went close for the sky blues,as he squandered a massive opportunity, Agüero fired the ball into orbit after it rebounded to him. Although, a mere three minutes afterwards a huge slice of luck presented itself to Spurs, a Danny Rose cross hit the elbow of the rising Sterling. To both sets of fans amazement Mark Clattenburg awarded the penalty, with Harry Kane taking the stand. Kane sent Hart the wrong way 1-0 to the Spurs! With the away fans sent into sheer delirium. However City soon found the hunger in their bellies as they looked to avenge our lead, an immediate impact took place as on the 57th minute Yaya Touré hit a ferocious strike from 18 metres which Lloris beat away from danger. Shortly after his introduction for City, the young Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho swiftly took the joy away from the Spurs fans. After being found by Clichy on the edge of the box the wonder kid side footed the ball high into the roof of the net 1-1!

With 15 minutes remaining the Spurs players were unwilling to settle for a draw and their tenacity and superb stamina proved too powerful for City.Substitute Érik Lamela
sprinted with the ball at his feet towards the goal as he thread a perfect ball through the legs of Otamendi as it reached the birthday boy Christian Eriksen, whose deft touch and composure in front of the goal sealed the victory for the Spurs, as he slotted the ball low and beyond the reach of the helpless Hart, 2-1 Spurs! It was a nervy end to the game and in the 95th minute Lloris saved us with his determination and utmost courage, as he palmed the ball away from Otamendi who clattered in to him,but Lloris had done enough as Silva’s follow up was acrobatically volleyed over the bar. The final score Spurs 2-1 Man City a famous victory from Pochettino’s lads as their hard work paid off, our togetherness and belief can win us the league. Our fans overwhelmed with joy as the pride flows higher and harder then ever. Bill Nicholson and Danny Blanchflower would be proud. We can do this COYS⚽️

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-Match facts: -Eriksen’s goal was his 5th in the league this season
– Kane’s penalty made it 16 league goals for him this term
– 4 different Argentines played in the match
– Spurs only had 6 goal attempts to City’s 19

 

 

Saturday’s youth round up:

Under18s: Our under 18’s continued their fine run of form with a 1-0 victory over Norwich under 18’s at Hotspur way earlier today. A foul on Marcus Edwards gifted Ryan Loft with the chance for Spurs to take the lead and he did so expertly, a very good performance from the lads today.

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Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Muscatt, Tsaroulla, Owens, Maghoma (c), Tanganga, Roles (Stylianides 71), Duncan (Tracey 57), Loft, Edwards, Sterling (Bennetts 57). Substitute (not used): McDermott (GK).

Loan reports:

DeAndre Yedlin starred in Sunderlands monumental win against Manchester United In the premier League in the lunch time kick off today, the USA international played at right back and completed the full ninety minutes.

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Alex Pritchard was an unused substitute as West Brom beat Everton one nil in the Premier league today.

Grant Ward came on in the 78th minute as Rotheram drew nil nil against Birmingham in the SkyBet Championship.

Connor Ogilvie helped Stevenage keep a clean sheet in their victory in league two against Cambridge United. 

Dominic Ball was an unused substitute as Rangers drew one all away to Alloa in the Scottish championship.