Spurs under 18’s 2-1 West Ham united: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-1 West Ham united: (match report)


Our senior side fought out a memorable London derby against West Ham on Saturday, defeating the Hammers 3-2. Coincidentally our under 18’s side also faced West Ham this time in the under 18 premier league, as John McDermott’s side managed to beat West Ham 2-1 at Hotspur way in what was a thoroughly entertaining and highly competitive match. Spurs went close to taking an early lead in the fourth minute after centre back Japhet Tanganga met Keanan Bennets corner, as he powered a header towards the goal which the Hammers goalkeeper Nathan Trott thwarted with a fine save at the near post. Shortly afterwards West Ham almost took the lead at the other end, after Hector Ingram was one on one with Austin, but the Spurs goalkeeper denied the striker with an important save.  The young lillywhites took the lead in the 21st minute through Jack Roles as the midfielder netted his seventh goal in the league this season. Oakley-Boothe pressed the West Ham goalkeeper with the ball loose, as Roles latched onto the loose ball to tuck the ball home with a smart finish from within the box.


Despite Spurs being the better team in the minutes that followed, West Ham looked dangerous on the break and the east London club equalised six minutes from half time.  Goalkeeper Brandon Austin raced out to intercept the ball from the approaching Hector Ingram however, Ingram fired the ball beyond Austin and into the back of the net from 30 yards out. West Ham looked the slightly better of the two sides in the second half, going close on a couple of occasions but so too did Spurs. Just when the game seemed to be heading for a draw, Spurs snatched a dramatic late winner after Dinzeyi was brought down in the penalty area by Rosaire Longelo deep in additional time. A confident Kazaiah Sterling stepped up to fire home from the spot to give spurs a sensational winner with virtually the last kick of the game.


Oliver Skipp was my man of the match; the 16 year old had a fantastic game in the centre of the park. In addition Jonathan Dinzeyi also impressed me throughout, the centre back made some key challenges and interceptions and his presence was immense at the back. Reo Griffiths returned to the starting line up after missing the last few matches through injury, Griffiths had a good game upfront. The striker was a constant goal threat and his physicality and skilfulness were highly impressive.


My man of the match: Oliver Skipp. The schoolboy was exceptional in the centre of the park; he played like he was a second year scholar. Skipp was diligent throughout, tidy with the ball and showed great vision, the midfielder also defended really well.


Spurs U18s: Austin, Hinds, Tsaroulla, Skipp, Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Shashoua (Sterling 72), Roles, Griffiths, Oakley-Boothe (c, Patterson, 58), Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Eyoma, Whiteman (GK).

Spurs 3-2 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs 3-2 West Ham United: (match report)


“Sitting in the North stand and watching Harry Kane win us the match against West Ham with a dramatic late winner, was a phenomenal feeling, the atmosphere and importance of Kane’s goal was a special, special moment.”


The above quotation was my post-match thoughts after watching our thrilling 3-2 victory over rivals West Ham on Saturday at the Lane, as Mauricio Pochettino’s lads dug deep to grab a sensational late winner to end their winless run of seven matches to go within four points of league leaders Chelsea. The game started slowly with Spurs enjoying the majority of possession however, it was the Hammers who took the lead after Michail Antonio headed home for the east London club on 24 minutes to give Slaven Bilić’s side an unexpected lead. The goal came about after Cheikou Kouyate headed the ball against the crossbar from the resulting corner, with the ball coming to Winston Reid who hit an effort towards goal, in which the alert Antonio headed past Lloris from close range.

The remainder of the first half saw an uninspired spurs struggle to create any meaningful chances, with the lillywhites lacking the energy to threaten for an equaliser. The opening minutes of the second half saw a revitalised Spurs and just six minutes into the second half Spurs drew level after Harry Winks got his first goal for Spurs, on his first ever Premier league start. Danny Rose crossed to Janssen in the box; Janssen powered an effort at goal which Darren Randolph denied with a fine save. However, the ball fell to the feet of Winks who jabbed the ball home to create a  proud and memorable moment for the academy graduate. Our good start to the second half almost continued just five minutes later after Eric Dier met Danny Rose’s excellent cross inside the box, only to see his powerful header denied by the legs of Randolph, who pulled off a terrific save to keep the scores level pegging.


Despite such a bright start to the second half from Pochettino’s side, the lillywhites suffered a major setback on 58 minutes after Janssen conceded a penalty after bringing down Winston Reid in the penalty area, after trying to defend the in swinging corner. The Hammers Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini regained the lead for the east London club after he sent Lloris the wrong way to convert his penalty. The game fell flat in the minutes that followed, with Spurs unable to produce any clear cut chances, but with the game drawing to a close Pochettino brought on Son who changed the course of the game. Son brought much needed pace to the game and the South Korean international made an almost instant impact following his introduction. After receiving the ball from Alli on the left wing, Son whipped a low cross into the box which Randolph tipped into the path of Kane, who guided the ball into the back of the net from close range, sending the crowd into delirium.

The fourth official signalled that there would be six minutes of additional time and there was a feeling in the ground that Spurs would grab a late winner. That late winner came in the 91st minute, after Harvard Nordtveit brought down Son inside the penalty area giving referee Mike Dean no choice but to point to the spot. The responsibility rested upon the shoulders of Harry Kane who was the coolest person in the stadium as he fired the ball past Randolph to send the Lane into a deafening sound of sheer delight. What a fantastic match it was on Saturday, no Spurs fan will forget that game in a hurry, and it was a much needed win that will no doubt boost the lads confidence ahead of an important run of games. COYS


My MOTM: Harry Winks: Winks was superb, the 20 year old midfielder passed the ball about really well, and was incredibly confident and composed. Winks scored his first ever goal for Spurs and the England under 21 international didn’t put a foot wrong the whole match.


Spurs (4-4-2): Lloris (c); Walker (Trippier 89), Vertonghen, Dier, Rose; Winks, Dembele (Son 73), Wanyama, Eriksen; Kane, Janssen (Alli 68). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Onomah.

West Ham (4-3-2-1): Randolph; Antonio, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell; Lanzini, Kouyate; Obiang, Ayew (Fernandes 61), Payet (Nordtveit 84); Sakho (Zaza 60). Substitutes (not used): Adrian, Collins, Feghouli, Fletcher.

Goals: Spurs – Winks 51, Kane 89, 91 (pen); West Ham – Antonio 24, Lanzini 68 (pen).

Yellow cards: Spurs – Dembele, Walker, Rose; West Ham – Lanzini, Reid.

Red card: West Ham – Reid.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 31,212.


Spurs v West Ham: (match preview)

Spurs v West Ham: (match preview)


Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Saturday 19th November 17:30 pm
Live: BT Sport 1
Referee: Mike Dean
Head2Heads: 1-0 West Ham, 4-1 Spurs, 2_2, 1-0 Spurs, 2-0 West Ham.

Saturday sees Spurs return to action following a two week international break, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side face West Ham united in a London Derby at the Lane. The lads will be eager to return to winnings ways, with the Lillywhites without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions. The Hammers are also out of form, Slaven Bilić’a side have recorded just 11 points from 11 league matches this season. However, despite their poor form the Hammers pose a significant threat and will provide tough opposition, with players like Dmitri Payet, Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew at their disposal. We may have quite a few injuries at the moment but I have a feeling that Spurs will produce a very good performance this evening, were long overdue a big win and there’s no better place for it than under the lights at the lane with the players being buoyed on by an electric atmosphere. COYS

Team news: Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies will all miss this evenings match through injury, whilst Mousa Dembele, Vincent Janssen, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose are all doubts.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

My score prediction 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Harry Kane x2 and Mousa Dembele.

One to watch: The Hammers midfield magician Dmitri Payet.


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

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


Our under 18’s were unlucky not to have gotten something out of their match against Reading on Saturday which they lost 2-1 on a day in which where they were the better side. Spurs started off well in the pouring rain at Hotspur Way and they wasted no time in looking for an opener as four minutes in Oliver Skipp passed to Duncan on the edge of the box, the midfielders fine effort striking the bottom of the left post. On 19 minutes the young Lillywhites were again denied by the woodwork after striker Kazaiah Sterling was denied by the Royals goalkeeper Luke Driscoll from inside the area twice in a matter of moments, with the second effort rebounding off of Sterling’s shin and on to the post. Shortly after the half hour mark the visitors came desperately close to taking the lead after House met Howe’s cross as he powered a diving header past Whiteman and onto the crossbar. With three minutes remaining until half time the Royals broke the deadlock with a somewhat fortuitous goal. Howe powered an effort at goal from the right wing as centre half Joy Mukena slid to block his effort Mukena unfortunately helped the ball into the back of the net to give the royals the lead. However, it was an instant reply from John McDermott’s side as just moments later midfielder Dylan Duncan pounced on to a loose ball inside the penalty area to cooly slot the ball past Driscoll and into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

The visitors started the second half the better of the two sides and their hardwork paid off as they regained the lead on 57 minutes after Shokunbi’s cross into the box was unfortunately bundled into the back of the net by Mukena. The players weren’t able to stamp their authority on the game in the minutes that followed with the game becoming messy and slow, despite a couple of half chances at both ends Reading won the match 2-1 in a game in which the young Lillywhites will be feeling disappointed after putting in a good, industrious performance. It was for the most part a good free flowing game of football and it was really nice to see so many good performances on the field, it was however evident that we missed our players that were on international duty. I thought midfielder Dylan Duncan had a very good game in the number ten position, Duncan constantly looked to get in to goal scoring opportunities and his relentlessness and hard work paid off after he scored just before the break. Samuel Shashoua has put in some exceptional performances of recent and the winger had yet another great game on Saturday. Shashoua was the most creative player on the field, his quick feet and excellent vision troubled the Reading back four and his eagerness to get forward posed a constant threat to the visitors. Young defender TJ Eyoma had a good game at right back, Eyoma was strong on the ball and his concentration and decision making were impressive. In addition schoolboy Oliver Skipp had a good game in the centre of the park especially in the first half where he had a very good game, Skipp really reminds me of a young Michael Carrick.

I managed to catch the first half of our under 15’s match against Milwall yesterday morning it was great to see this talented pool of players for the first time, although I wasn’t able to recognise a fair few players I did however recognise talented centre half Malachi Walcott who I was really impressed with, Walcott’s over all decision making was top draw and the composed defender is without doubt a hot prospect . I left the match at the start of the second half at which time the score was 2-1 to Spurs.

My man of the match: Goalscorer Dylan who put in an excellent shift behind the centre forward.
Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Skipp (Patterson 74), Mukena, Marsh (c), Shashoua, Oakley-Boothe, Sterling (Oteh 63), Duncan, Bennetts (P Maghoma 79). Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK).

Spurs under 18’s 1-0 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 1-0 Fulham: (match report)


Our under 18 side recorded a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday as John McDermott’s side defeated the cottagers 1-0 at a bitterly cold Motspur park. It was a thoroughly entertaining game of football, it was an end to end match and it could have easily produced half a dozen goals, but our lads were the deserved winners on the day as they continue their great run of form. The opening stages of the game saw plenty of chances at both ends of the pitch with Spurs have a coupling of fantastic early chances. Spurs best chance of the opening half hour came when striker Kazaiah Sterling nodded a header narrowly wide of the far post and shortly afterwards he set up Jack Roles inside the box but the midfielders effort was saved well by the Fulham goalkeeper Ashby-Hammond. At the other end of the pitch Jonathan De Bie was forced into action to make two smart saves in quick succession, shortly after Fulham again came close to taking the lead. Jose Garrido met Marlon Fossey’s free kick his headed effort went narrowly wide of the post. Meanwhile we went close minutes later at the other end of the pitch after Jack Roles found Shashoua with a pull back but the winger blazed his effort over the bar from 20 yards out.


Following his introduction at half time striker Aramide Oteh almost made an immediate impact after he managed to get past Garrido but with one on one with the goalkeeper Oteh’s low effort was saved. The deadlock was finally broken on
77 minutes, after Oteh was brought down in the area after trying to turn past his man the referee pointed to the spot, up stepped Shashoua who fired home to cap off an excellent performance from the under 18’s. It was a truly fascinating game of football both sides were incredibly creative but the lads class shone, we were the deserved winners on the day Our under 16’s were also in action on Saturday as they drew 2-2 to Fulham at Motspur park courtesy of goals from Rodel Richards and Elliot Thorpe.


My man of the match: Samuel Shashoua, the inform winger was outstanding. Shashoua’s dribbling was at times mesmeric and his mazing runs, creativity and vision were superb causing Fulham a defensive headache throughout the entirety of match, scoring the all important winner from the spot late on with a cooly taken penalty.
It was a very good performance from the young Lillywhites and there were some excellent individual performances. Goalscorer Samuel Shashoua had an excellent match on the wing the highly skilful 17 year old caused the cottagers many problems throughout the match. Another player who had an excellent game was midfielder George Marsh, Marsh was terrific in the centre of the park covering so much ground the midfielder reminded me of Ngolo Kanté. Marsh was everywhere making countless interceptions and challenges breaking up play throughout the match he also passed the ball around really well throughout.


Spurs U18s: De Bie, Hinds (Eyoma 80), Tsaroulla, Marsh (c), Tanganga, Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Duncan, Sterling (Oteh 46), Roles (Patterson 60), Bennetts. Substitute (not used): Austin (GK).

Spurs 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen: (match report)

Spurs 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen: (match report)


Spurs’s hopes of making the last 16 of the UEFA Champions league were dented last night, after a woeful Spurs side were defeated 1-0 by Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were shapeless and their usual intensity just wasn’t there, Leverkusen played very similar football to us and they were ultimately the better side on the side. It took us a while to get into the match and the lads lacked creativity, with Roger Schmidt’s side looking the more dangerous early on. Shortly after the half hour mark Spurs had their first real chance of the game after Christian Eriksen powered an effort at goal from 25 yards out, which the Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno parried. 43 minutes in Leverkusen almost took the lead, after Walker was robbed of the ball on the edge of the penalty area by Brandt who was on the verge of pulling the trigger only to be tackled excellently by Jan Vertonghen. The ball fell to former Manchester United man Javier Hernandez who seemed destined to score from just 15 yards out but the Mexican internationals shot flicked off the boot of Vertonghen to go narrowly wide of the left post, it was a terrific piece of defending from Vertonghen.

We started the second half brightly looking much sharper in the park, and the lads were almost in front after Eriksen saw his fine effort from 20 yards out, dart narrowly wide of the left post. Twelve minutes later Spurs again went close to breaking the deadlock this time through Kyle Walker, the England right back burst through the midfield and into the box before firing a low effort narrowly wide of Leno’s left post. However, just five minutes later the Lillywhites were stunned after Bayer Leverkusen took the lead through winger Kevin Kampl. Charles Aranguiz hit an effort from 20 yards out which was deflected by Davies into the path of Kampl who slotted the ball past Lloris from six yards out. With just eight of normal time remaining Spurs knew it was make or break time, and the Lillywhites were presented with a decent opportunity to equalise with a free kick on the edge of Leverkusen’s box. Up stepped Eric Dier to wonderfully curl the ball onto the upright, with the rebound falling to Janssen who couldn’t make sufficient contact with the ball, the final score Spurs 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen.


It was an awful night at Wembley for both the players and supporters, Mauricio Pochettino spoke after the game saying “I’m very disappointed. We were poor and the result wasn’t good. There are no excuses, it’s not Wembley, it’s not the pitch, we were poor and that is all. We didn’t play well in both games against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen. We showed a lack of energy and a lack of aggression in front of goal and when you play in the Champions League, it’s important to show more quality, more energy.” I admire Pochettino’s honesty and critique of our performance but I can’t help but feel that playing at Wembley is a big factor in our bad performances. The lads chances of qualification have been severely dented and if they are to qualify for the last 16 than they must improve drastically at Wembley. I thought our best player last night was Jan Vertonghen the Belgium international was excellent in the centre of defence and he demonstrated his sheer class as a defender. Apart from Vertonghen’s superb display I don’t feel as if any of our other outfield players really turned up, I do however feel that some people’s criticisms of Moussa Sissoko’s display were incredibly harsh. Sissoko by no means had his best performance but he wasn’t the only one, and I still believe that the France international will justify his £30 million pound transfer fee.


We must move on now to Sunday’s massive north London Derby match at the Emirates against Arsenal, we may be winless in six matches but I feel that our players will return to form on Sunday especially with the return of star man Harry Kane. On a more positive our under 19’s put in an excellent performance to defeat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the UEFA Youth league, picking up their first victory of the tournament to keep them in with a chance of progressing to the next round.

My man of the match: Jan Vertonghen. Vertonghen was terrific in the centre of defence he made some excellent challenges and he was the reason we weren’t defeated by more than one goal.

Spurs (4-3-2-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies; Dembele (Janssen 30), Wanyama; Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen (Winks 65), Son (Nkoudou 73). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Carter-Vickers, Rose, Onomah.
Leverkusen (4-4-2): Leno; Henrichs, Tah, Toprak (c), Wendell; Brandt (Calhanoglu 70), Aranguiz (Havertz 86), Baumgartlinger, Kampl (Volland 85), Mehmedi, Hernandez. Substitutes (not used): Ozcan, Dragovic, Kiessling, Jedvaj.
Goal: Leverkusen – Kampl 65.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).
Attendance: 85,512.

Spurs v Bayer Leverkusen: (match preview)

Spurs v Bayer Leverkusen: (match preview)


Venue: Wembley stadium
Date: Wednesday 2nd November 19:45pm
Live: BT Sport 2
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Head2Heads: 0-0, 1-0 Spurs.

Despite having a good start to the season Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side are without a win in five matches, and the Lillywhites will be desperate to win against Bayer Leverkusen in tonights important Champions league match. Leverkusen were a tough side to play against two weeks ago at the Bay arena and the German clubs attacking style of play caused us many problems. Tonight’s big game comes just four days before the north London Derby but our lads can defeat Leverkusen tonight without a shadow of a doubt and with an electric atmosphere the fans can spur the lads on to a victory tonight in front of a sea of Lillywhite. Leverkusen have a fantastic attack but I reckon we can find our way past their defence and grab a vital three points. COYS
Picture below, Kevin Schmidt’s side training in London’s Regent’s Park earlier today.


Team news: Despite returning to full training yesterday Harry Kane won’t feature tonight, neither will Toby Alderweireld who remains injured. Meanwhile Erik Lamela could also miss tonight’s match after picking up a small hip injury in training.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Nkoudou, Alli, Son, Janssen.

One to watch: Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.