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

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

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Our under 23’s fought back from two goals down, as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City on Friday evening. It was a thoroughly entertaining match as Ugo Ehiogu’s side showed great character as they came away with a valuable point in Manchester, playing some really attractive football in the process. The game started off with a sense of cautiousness from both sides, as they passed the ball around the park without any real attacking intent. Winger Nathan Oduwa had a half chance for Spurs in the 17th minute, after a nice bit of play Oduwa skilfully cut inside on the edge of the box, before firing a low effort against the side netting. The game was very even as Spurs managed to contain City well, but on 27 minutes Paolo Fernandes went close for the home side. Fernandes powerful shot in the area stung the palms of Tom Glover, who thwarted the Spaniards effort. However, not long afterwards Spurs began to cause Man City’s defence problems, as they passed the ball around nicely. And on 33 minutes Spurs were unlucky not to take the lead through Shilow Tracey. Owens passed the ball to Walker-Peters on the right and the England under 20 international sent a lovely pass to Tracey in the penalty area, Tracey struck it first time forcing a fine save out of Angus Gunn.

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Moments later Tracey came close again, Harrison finding Tracey in the penalty area with a nice cross, and the former Ebbsfleet man met the cross well, side footing an effort against the post, with the rebound being lashed over the crossbar by Joe Pritchard. The match was becoming really live with Spurs looking the slightly better side, though goalkeeper Tom Glover was forced into action right on half time, after Jaden Sancho danced his way into the box, jinking past some Spurs defenders, before cutting in on his right and unleashing a powerful low shot, which Glover got down well to save. The first 45 was level pegging, Spurs played well creating some good chances from the flanks. The second half started in disastrous fashion for Spurs after they were caught cold in their own half, and the City attack punished us. Following a slight error from Maghoma after his misplaced pass came to Buckley-Ricketts who burst forward into the box, unleashing a powerful shot which Glover stopped excellently, the ball came out out to Sancho and the 16 year old made no mistake, poking the ball home, 1-0 to City. Things got even worse for Ehiogu’s side, as just over ten minutes later the home side doubled their lead after Paolo Fernandes doubled the citizens advantage with a stunning goal. Fernandes’s cut in on his left after receiving the ball from a short corner and the Spain under 17’s international let fly as the ball flew past the stunned Spurs goalkeeper, and into the top corner, 2-0 Man City.

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Ehiogu’s side may have looked depleted but they didn’t show it in the minutes that followed. Spurs created some fine chances most notably a nice turn from Stylianides as he burst through on goal only to see his effort stopped by Gunn. And Spurs’s hard work was starting to pay off when they got a goal back through Nathan Oduwa on 76 minutes. Shilow Tracey sent in a wonderful cross from the right which was met by Oduwa, as he sidefooted the ball home with a volley, at the back post. Spurs went from strength to strength, coming close to snatching a late equaliser from a double chance which saw Harrison and Stylianides come close. That late equaliser did come four minutes from time, after Oduwa weaved away from his man on the left, the Nigerian youth international whipped the ball into the area as Harrison made contact with the ball, and the ball eventually came to Tracey who converted from close range to secure an important draw for Ehiogu’s side. The final score Spurs 2-2 Manchester City, it was a truly exhilarating game of football and I was delighted that the team got something out of the game after such a good performance. Also I’d like to say well done to Manchester City who broadcasted the game live on Facebook allowing some of us Spurs fans to watch the game.

Nathan Oduwa was my man of the match (see below) but another player who had a brilliant game was Shilow Tracey, the powerful right winger set up Oduwa with a delightful cross and Tracey also scored the equaliser late on, Friday nights goal was his third of the season. Finally I thought that midfielder Zenon Stylianides had a big influence on the game after coming on in the second half, the midfielder played a more attacking role against city and he really impressed me. Stylianides was bright and creative he was constantly looking to go forward and he set up Harrison with a nice pass as well and his fine solo effort late in the match was unfortunate not to end in a goal. At the end of the day everyone played well, the defence was resilient, Glover made some fine saves between the sticks, and the midfield was tenacious. COYS

My man of the match: This was a hard one, it was close between Tracey and Oduwa but I’m going to give it to Nathan Oduwa. The winger seems rejuvenated since returning from his loan at Peterborough, he was good last week against Chelsea but he was even better today. Oduwa worked so hard down the left flank and was as skilful as ever, Oduwa never fails to surprise, me his such an entertaining and creative player, his a magician on the ball. Oduwa was by the far the most creative player on the field his powerful runs, trickery and endeavour were rewarded with a goal and an assist. Another top performance from Oduwa.

Manchester City: Gunn, Oliver, Humphreys (c), Adarabioyo, Francis, Diallo, Duhaney, Boadu (Kongolo 67), Buckley-Ricketts (Diaz 78), Fernandes, Sancho (Nmecha 61). Substitutes (not used): Patching, Haug (GK).

Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Amos (c), Maghoma, Walkes, Pritchard (Stylianides 65), Owens (Muscatt 65), Harrison, Tracey, Oduwa. Substitutes (not used): Goddard, McDermott (GK).

Goals: Manchester City – Sancho 47, Fernandes 58; Spurs – Oduwa 76, Tracey 86.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Walker-Peters 90+4.

Referee: Martin Coy.

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

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

Venue: Academy stadium, Manchester.
Date: Friday 13 January KO:19:00pm.
Head2Heads: Man City 2-1.
Live: On the Manchester City Facebook page.

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Our development squad are in action this evening, as Ugo Ehiogu’s side face Manchester City under 23’s in the PL2. The citizens development side sit second in the PL2 table and have unsurprisingly been one of the best teams this season, boasting such a talented crop of youngsters, which includes such players as Paolo Fernandes, Brahim Diaz and Issac Buckley-Ricketts. Our youngsters are hovering just above the relegation zone and Ehiogu’s side need to be getting wins on the board, despite losing only on their last five matches, Spurs have only won three league matches all season. And the Lillywhites face a side that have invested heavily in youth over the past few seasons, and their current under 18’s side is in my opinion the best in the country along with the under 23’s side. A bit of injury news regarding winger Anthony Georgiou, I saw Georgiou last Friday at Hotspur way and he was walking with a limp as he sat out our 2-2 draw with Chelsea, so I presume he won’t be available tonight. Let’s hope the youngsters can get back to winning ways tonight we’ve been unlucky this season but the development side have gained plenty of valuable experience so far. I will be writing a match report for this evenings game, which will be published later tonight. COYS⚽️

In other news, I’m hoping that our under 18’s home match against Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Youth cup, will be played at the Lane as oppose to the less accessible Lamex stadium in Stevenage. There was a great support at Loftus road in midweek as our youngsters triumphed against QPR in round four, and I’m sure there would be a good crowd at the Lane. Playing at the Lane would also be a great experience for the 18’s.
My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Walkes, Ogilvie, Amos, Stylianides, Tracey, Pritchard, Oduwa, Harrison.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs, courtesy of goals from Maghoma and Harrison x2.

One to watch: Brahim Diaz. The 17 year old attacking midfielder possess great skill and agility, and the Spain under 17 international has netted on three occasions in the PL2, this season.

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Spurs under 18’s 4-1 QPR – FA Youth cup: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 4-1 QPR – FA Youth cup: (match report)

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It was a wonderful night at Loftus road on Tuesday, as our under 18’s thrashed QPR 4-1 in the fourth round of the FA Youth cup, with john McDermott’s side being rewarded with a home tie against Norwich in round five. The gulf in class between the two sides was plain to see, as McDermott’s side dominated the match playing some superb football in the process. Our youngsters were cheered on by over 200 travelling Spurs fans, who were in fine voice for the entirety of the match. The vibrant atmosphere seemed to spur the youngsters on, and they started the game brightly as forward Reo Griffiths flashed a shot narrowly wide of the left post on six minutes. The Rs goalkeeper Marcin Brzozwkski made two fine saves in the space of six minutes, first when Roles received a fine pass by Shashoua in the box before seeing his effort denied well from six yards out by the QPR goalkeeper. Then a couple of minutes later TJ Eyoma whipped in a cross from the right ring, which was met well by Griffiths at the far post, the forwards header was tipped over the crossbar from the alert Brzozwkski. Spurs’s free flowing football saw the home side struggle in the minutes that followed, and Spurs’s near total domination on the game was rewarded in the 24th minute, when McDermott’s side took a deserved lead. Kazaiah Sterling eased past a hoops defender before releasing the ball to the free Jack Roles inside the penalty area, Roles curled an effort beyond Brzozwkski and despite a touch from the keeper the ball flew into the bottom corner of the net, 1-0 to Spurs.

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Sterling raced into the box on 36 minutes before dinking the ball over Brzozwkski and narrowly wide of the right post. However, just a minute later Spurs doubled their advantage through Reo Griffiths. Sterling’s well measured pass from the right side of the box came to Griffiths at the far post, and the forward buried the ball in to the back of the net, to cap off a nice move. Despite barely entering the Spurs half, QPR pulled a goal back shortly before the interval through the Rs Kingsley Eshun. The goal came about after George Marsh lost the ball in the midfield with Eshun charging down the left wing, with the sprinting Japhet Tanganga unable to reach Eshun as he fired the ball past Austin as it flew inside his near post. Spurs resumed the second half in superb fashion as they grabbed a third almost instantaneously from the restart, after some good work on the right wing, Samuel Shashoua fed the ball to Roles inside the centre of the penalty area, and the goalscoring midfielder was as clinical as ever as he fired the ball beyond Brzozwkski and into the back of the net, to put Spurs 3-1 ahead. We continued to command the game during the rest of the second half playing some wonderful attacking football, and on 74 minutes Spurs got their fourth of the match. Left back Nick Tsaroulla tried his luck on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected off the Rs defender and straight in front of George Marsh. As the midfielder headed the ball into the back of the net from point blank range, the final score Spurs 4-1 QPR, a really good performance from the young Lillywhites and I really fancy this crop of players to go all the way this year, their a special group of players.

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There were so many splendid performances on Tuesday night every single player had a good game, but the following players really stood out for me. Jack Roles was my man of the match (see below) but another player who wowed the crowds last night was Samuel Shashoua. The inside forward is my favourite player within the academy, he is a player of exceptional quality and his performance last night was one of the finest on the field. With two assists Shahsoua had a big influence on the game on the right wing, his skill, close ball control and decisiveness proved too much for QPR, Shahshoua has been one of the most consistent players in the under 18’s side this season. 17 year old Japhet Tanganga was immense in central defence he was superb in the air and he looked very comfortable at the back, he shows great maturity for a 17 year old. Tanganga is yet another hot prospect with in the academy, and I’m confident that he will replicate Carter-Vickers path in to the first team squad in the next couple of years.

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“This was a brilliant experience at Loftus Road. It was a London derby against a team where there’s Chris Ramsey and Perry Suckling who worked with us previously, so that made for a special atmosphere before the game. It was played at a Premier League-standard stadium and whenever you come here and play under the lights it’s a privilege to do so. We’ve seen over the years that this type of setting can bringnerves but I didn’t think we looked nervous tonight – this is a confident and highly-competitive group who handled the atmosphere and the situation. We don’t normally get an army of Tottenham fans when we play at the Training Centre so to have that level of support where they know all the players’ names and sing them aloud is superb. It gives the boys that little bit of a taster of the pressure of being able to play in front of a crowd and having to entertain them – we had unbelievable support again tonight. (John McDermott)

My man of the match: Jack Roles. The midfielder has been on fire this season scoring 15 goals from the centre of midfield as well as creating two assists, and the youngsters performance last night was no exception. Roles is Frank Lampardesque, the timing of his runs are incredible and his performance on Tuesday night was brilliant, his a natural goalscorer.

QPR: Brzozowski, Barzey (Springer-Downes 78), Genovesi, Klass (Mesias 60), Eales, Fox (c), Francis-Adeyinka, Folkes, Eshun (Platt 60), Akinola, Bowler. Substitutes (not used): Ribeiro, Bowman (GK).

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c), Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Shashoua, Roles (Reynolds 83), Sterling, Duncan (Oakley-Boothe 68), Griffiths (Bennetts 75). Substitutes (not used): Skipp, Whiteman (GK).

Goals: QPR – Eshun 45; Spurs – Roles 24, 46, Griffiths 37, Marsh 74.

Yellow cards: QPR – Brzozowski 25, Folkes 26, Akinola 44.

Referee: Lloyd Wood.

Spurs draw Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA cup:

Spurs draw Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA cup:

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It has been announced in the past hour that we have been drawn at home to league 2 side Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA cup, with the tie to be played on the weekend of the 27-30 of January. I am really happy with this draw it’s a great tie and it will be intriguing to come up against the Chairboys for the first time. It will also be the perfect opportunity to blood some more youngsters into the team, but it’s a tie that Mauricio Pochettino will have to take seriously if we are to progress to the next round. Let’s really go for the cup this year and make our last year at the Lane one to remember. COYS
Five facts about Wycombe Wanderers:
– The club are based in the town of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.
– Wycombe play their football in league 2.
– Wycombe made the semi finals of the FA cup in 2001.
– Their manager is Gareth Ainsworth.
– Former Spurs man Gary Doherty is a notable player to have played for both clubs.

Spurs 2-0 Aston Villa: (match report)

Spurs 2-0 Aston Villa: (match report)

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Spurs progressed to the fourth round of the FA cup this afternoon, after Mauricio Pochettino’s side recorded a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, at the lane. It was an awful first half at a full White Hart Lane, one of the worst halves of football I have ever witnessed. Both sides lacked creativity, shape and failed to inspire, the one positive from an uneventful first half, was Harry Winks. Winks was the best player on the pitch, his passing slick, his vision good and his movement superb. Nil nil at the interval, Steve Bruce’s Villa side here to frustrate Spurs.The second half started slowly, much like the first, Spurs controlling the game but unable to create any clear-cut chances. 65 minutes in Villa came close to breaking the deadlock from a freekick the ball fell to Baker who’s shot was expertly blocked by Carter-Vickers, before coming out to Agbonlahor whose tame effort was saved comfortably by Vorm. However, just a couple of minutes later and after some tactical changes Spurs finally broke the deadlock through a most unlikely source. The newly introduced Nkoudou crossed the ball into Davies in the box, and the Welshman smartly headed the ball low into the far corner of the net. After 69 matches Ben Davies finally got his first ever goal for Spurs, to cap off a lovely piece of play, 1-0 to Spurs!

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Eight minutes later Spurs should have doubled their advantage after Sissoko was found unmarked in the left side of the box, with only Johnstone to beat but Sissoko’s effort lacked power and was stopped by the goalkeeper. Just a minute later Sissoko turned provider after the France International found Son in the box with a good cut back pass, and Son was clinical side footing the ball into the back of the net to double Spurs’s lead. Deep in stoppage time the recently introduced Onomah almost created Spurs’s third of the game, finding Son in the box after driving forward, but Johnstone came rushing out to take the ball from Son’s feet. The final score Spurs two Aston Villa nil, it may not have been a classic but it doesn’t matter we’re in the hat for the fourth round of this wonderful competition. COYS

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Harry Winks was my man of the match (see below) but another player I was really impressed with was fellow academy graduate Cameron Carter-Vickers. The 19 year old had a great match in defence, composed, dominant in their air and decisive. Carter-Vickers was a big factor behind our clean sheet, the USA international has such a big future in the game.
My man of the match: Harry Winks, the young midfielder was superb his passing so slick and precise, Winks ran the midfield and his movement and vision were first rate.

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Spurs (3-4-2-1): Vorm; Carter-Vickers, Alderweireld (Nkoudou 70), Wimmer; Trippier, Dier (c), Winks, Davies; Son, Sissoko (Onomah 84), Janssen (Alli 60). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Walker-Peters, Vertonghen, Wanyama.

Aston Villa (4-4-1-1): Johnstone; Hutton, Chester (c), Baker, Amavi; Adomah (Green 77), Jedinak (Davis 77), Tshibola, Bacuna; Grealish; Agbonlahor (McCormack 77). Substitutes (not used): Gollini, Elphick, Westwood, Cissokho.

Goals: Spurs – Davies 71, Son 80.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 31,182.

Spurs v Aston Villa: (match preview)

Spurs v Aston Villa: (match preview)

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Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Sunday 7th January 16:00pm
Live: BBC One
Head2Heads: 2-0 Spurs, 3-1 Spurs, 1-0 Aston Villa, 2-1 Spurs, 3-0 Spurs.
Referee: Mike Dean

“The FA Cup doesn’t see if you are in the Premier League, Championship or League One, it’s a special competition and one game.” (Mauricio Pochettino)
It’s an FA cup third round tie for Spurs today, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side face championship side Aston Villa at the Lane. Both clubs have great history in the competition and Pochettino will be wanting to take Spurs all the way this year. Personally I see the FA cup as such a special trophy and I’d love nothing more than for us to have our hands on the prestigious trophy come May. It would be truly magical for all Spurs fans if Hugo Lloris and the team were riding down Tottenham high road on an open top bus with great aplomb, trophy in hand, just as club legends Danny Blanchflower, Steve Perryman and Gary Mabbutt had all done before, in front of large crowds of joyous Spurs fans. However, today will not be an easy match by any means, Villa were only relegated from the premier league last season and despite sitting in 12th position in the championship, Steve Bruce is a top manager and his side will provide a stern test this afternoon. The villans are without star players Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew who are at the African cup of nations, but players like Jack Grealish, Albert Adomah and Ross McCormack will be the away sides biggest attacking threat. COYS

Team news: Erik Lamela is the only first team absentee, Lamela traveled to Rome earlier this week to continue his rehabilitation from a hip injury. Meanwhile, highly rated 17 year old Marcus Edwards misses out through illness, whilst youngsters Shayon Harrison, Luke Amos and Kyle Walker-Peters could all feature on the bench. I expect Pochettino will start a strong squad whilst resting Harry Kane and others. I have a feeling academy graduate Tom Carroll will be rewarded with a start for his loyalty and patience this season.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Alderweireld, Davies, Winks, Carroll, Son, Alli, Sissoko, Janssen.

My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs, courtesy of goals from Son x2, Janssen and Sissoko.

Welcome back: Former Spurs player Alan Hutton, the right back made 51 appearances for Spurs scoring two goals.

One to watch: Villa’s tricky winger Albert Adomah, the former Middlesbrough and Barnet player has an eye for goal and has an abundance of pace, and will prove a tough test for our left back.

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Spurs youngster Ryan Loft joins Stevenage on loan:

Spurs youngster Ryan Loft joins Stevenage on loan:

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It has just been announced by Spurs that 19 year old striker Ryan Loft has joined League 2 side Stevenage Borough on loan until the end of the season. Loft has scored one goal for the under 23’s this season, with Shayon Harrison being the preferred option for Ugo Ehiogu’s side this season. However, I like Loft and have seen him play many times for our youth teams. Loft is strong, good in the air and has a good shot at his disposal. This loan will be a great experience for Loft and will provide the striker with a valuable learning curve, Loft has been named on the bench for Stevenage today in their league match against Newport county. Best of luck Ryan!

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

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

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Ugo Ehiogu’s resilient Spurs side came back on two occasions to get a valuable and well deserved draw against Chelsea under 23’s, at Hotspur way this afternoon. The Blues began the game the better side on a bitterly cold afternoon in Enfield, Chelsea taking the lead just five minutes in to the first half through highly rated midfielder Mason Mount. Chelsea were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, following a handball by Walkes, Mount stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and beyond the reach of Pau Lopez as it nestled in to the top right hand corner of the net. Both sides had good spells in the minutes that followed but the visitors seemed the more likely to score the next goal however, six minutes from the interval Spurs striker Shayon Harrison drew the Lillywhites level with a header. Nathan Oduwa who had just returned from his loan with Peterborough was highly influential in the making of the goal. Oduwa showed clever feet as he dribbled away from the Chelsea defenders down the left, before putting in a perfectly weighted cross which Harrison disposed with a good header which flew past the Chelsea goalkeeper Collins, and into the back of the net.

We started the second half brightly but the blues always posed a threat going forward and ten minutes into the second half they regained the lead through striker Dominic Solanke. After the tall striker got the ball on to his left foot inside the penalty area after some good build up play, Solanke fired the ball low and into the back of the net, 2-1 Chelsea. Ehiogu’s didn’t give up and they showed a fighting spirit, which was duly rewarded, when we drew level for a second time on 58 minutes. Joe Pritchard whipped the ball in from the resulting corner and defender Connor Ogilvie rushed to the near post to meet the ball, powering it brilliantly beyond Collins and into the net. Both sides had their fair share chances in the remaining minutes of the match, but neither side could find a winner. Pau Lopez made a top reaction save to deny Ugbo’s header, whilst Oduwa’s curved free kick was just tipped over the crossbar by the Chelsea keeper at the other end, the final score Spurs 2-2 Chelsea.

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Shayon Harrison was the standout out player (see below) but Nathan Oduwa, Connor Ogilvie, Luke Amos and Zenon Stylianides also stood our for me. Oduwa is an incredibly skilful player and I knows he capable of the spectacular, but his recent loans have been somewhat underwhelming, with the Nigerian youth international struggling for game time at Peterborough. However, Oduwa had a great match today he posed a significant attacking threat his dribbling, weaving runs and decision making all being of the highest order. Connor Ogilvie was defensively solid and managed to get us a point with his fine second half header. Whilst Luke Amos was impressive in the centre of the park he was tenacious and broke up play well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was named on the bench for Sunday’s match. Finally, Zenon Stylianides impressed me in the centre of the park, it may not be the most eye catching of jobs but Stylianides was very good in the centre of the park. He was one of the hardest workers on the field, his stamina and persistence had a real effect on the midfield and he pressed the Chelsea players constantly. It’s worth noting that the second half was keenly observed by Mauricio Pochettino and his assistants.

 

My man of the match: Shayon Harrison, the 19 year old striker netted his seventh goal of the PL2 campaign. Harrison’s skill and movement was impressive as to was his headed goal to draw level in the first half. I suspect Harrison will be part of the senior squad that take on Aston Villa at the Lane on Friday, in the FA Cup third round, his edging ever close to senior football.

Spurs: Pau Lopez, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie (Muscatt 78), Amos (c), Maghoma, Walkes, Pritchard (Owens 63), Stylianides, Harrison, Tracey, Oduwa (Goddard 84). Substitute (not used): Glover (GK).

Chelsea: Collins, Sterling, Tomori, T Chalobah, Dabo (c), Sammut (Maddox 65), Wakefield (St Clair 77), Ali, Ugbo, Solanke (Christie-Davies 73), Mount. Substitutes (not used): Colley, Thompson (GK).

Goals: Spurs – Harrison 39, Ogilvie 58; Chelsea – Mount 5, Solanke 55.

Referee: Wayne Barratt.

Tottenham under 23’s v Chelsea: (match preview)

Tottenham under 23’s v Chelsea: (match preview)

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Venue: Hotspur Way
Date: Friday 6th January 12:05pm
Live: Chelsea TV
Head2Heads: Chelsea under 23’s 3-1.

 

Tomorrow afternoon our development squad return to action where they play Chelsea under 23’s in the PL2 at Hotspur way. Ugo Ehiogu’s side will be looking to start 2017 with a win but it will be a tough task, with Adrian Viveash’s side having one of the best defensive records in division, and it’s not hard to see why with talented players like Trevor Chalobah and Fikayo Tomori part of their academy. It’s no secret that Chelsea have one of the best academy’s in world football and there comprehensive 3-1 victory over our under 23 side in September shows how tough tomorrows game will be. However, as always tomorrows game will provide another learning curve for the lads, and I’m sure it will be an intriguing game. It will be interesting to see which youngsters are rested for tomorrow, ahead of our FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa at the Lane on Sunday. I reckon Shayon Harrison would be the most likely candidate to be involved.

 

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Walkes,Ogilvie, Amos, Lesniak, Tracey, Edwards, Georgiou, Harrison.
One to watch: Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo.

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Spurs 2-0 Chelsea: A season defining match

Spurs 2-0 Chelsea: A season defining match

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Lillywhites were utterly superb on Wednesday night, as the lads beat league leaders Chelsea 2-0 at the Lane. To stop the blues winning a record 14th premier league game in a row, but most importantly to propell Spurs up to third place in the table seven points of top stop. Mauricio Pochettino tactically outclassed Antonio Conte’s side, opting for a 3-4-3 formation, Spurs were flawless, tireless and deeply passionate, recording a memorable victory over our bitter rivals Chelsea. Last nights match was huge for us, the lads went out and made a statement to the rest of the league, and I believe that this match will be the making of us this season. The game was won by a young man in sensational form, Dele Alli got his seventh goal in four matches, with the England international scoring two fine headers to stun the blues. However, the game wasn’t just won by the brilliance of Dele, but by the tenacity and tactical excellence of our team, not one player put a foot wrong last night, they were simply superb in every sector. We’ve shown this season that we can beat any team at home, the lane has become a fortress in her final season.

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Many have suggested that we have started slowly this season, and that we aren’t performing as well as last season but the past five matches have shown that we’re starting to return to that brilliant team which we were last season. Both of Alli’s goals were assisted by Christian Eriksen, the Dane put in two delicious crosses to Alli and Eriksen’s influence and creativity was a key factor in last nights win, Victor Wanyama was exceptional in the midfield playing out of his skin. Whilst it’s clear to see that when Toby Alderweireld’s in the team, we are a different side. I had a feeling that we’d beat Chelsea and I’m so chuffed that we were able to get our revenge on them for last years heartache suffered at Stamford Bridge, but what was paramount was the three points. We’ve picked up 12 points from four matches in the festive period in what were some very tough games, Pochettino’s side hasn’t always been at full strength due to injuries but his side have shown tremendous resilience and talent putting themselves right back into the frame for the title race.

I don’t like to mention our chances of winning the league too much, but this is a special, special Spurs side. I doubt many Spurs fans can remember a side where everyone was happy with all of our eleven regulars but this side is an exception, Pochettino has drilled into them a mentality not seen at Spurs since the days of Bill Nicholson. Last nights game was exceptional but I’ve no doubt the lads will kick on from this game and blossom even brighter this season, than they did the last. COYS