Spurs under 18’s 5-3 Newcastle united: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 5-3 Newcastle united: (match report)

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Spurs started the game brightly their attacking style of play evident from the offing, just under 3 minutes in the Lillywhites stunned the magpies with a superb opener from Keanan Bennett’s. It was a wonderful solo effort from the winger who showed great feet down the left wing before cutting inside and unleashing a powerful effort which flew past Nathan Harker and into the back of the net, 1-0 to Spurs! The attacking intensity didn’t stop from McDermott’s side and the Lillywhites didn’t rest on their laurels, as just five minutes later they double their advantage through forward Reo Griffiths. The alert Griffiths took full advantage of a mix up inside the box, and the centre forward buried the ball into the back of the net, a great poachers goal. Spurs were overwhelming Newcastle, as they sparkled going forward going close on several occasions. McDermott’s side got a scare when Mcnall’s thumping effort skimmed off the post, and the home side were starting to find their feet, going close again just a couple of minutes later. Newcastle started the second half the far better team, when Marsh brought down Gallacher inside the box the referee pointed straight to the spot. With Mcnall converting his penalty to bring the game back into life for the magpies, Spurs regained their composure and minutes later they got their third of the game through substitute Kazaiah Sterling, after Sterling scored a smart finish on the turn from just outside the penalty area, thats his sixth goal of the FA youth cup campaign, his now joint top scorer.

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The game was becoming an end to end affair as Newcastle went close shortly afterwards through Owen Bailey. And the home side, roared on by a few thousand fans pulled a goal back through Mcnall whose close effort from the resulting corner kick, smashed into the net. This most eventful of games took yet another dramatic turn moments later, when centre half Japhet Tanganga seemed to put the game beyond doubt, with spurs’ fourth of the game. Tanganga managing to get on the end of Dinzeyi’s rebounded effort, as the defender forced the ball home. Just 10 seconds later the unthinkable occurred, Newcastle had again managed to pull a goal back at the other end after Gallacher got on the end of a first time cross to guide the ball past Austin and into the back of the net, 4-3! Two minutes later the stadium almost erupted when Bailey almost drew the toon level, Bailey getting on the end of Heaney’s free kick as his header was saved in style by Austin as he tipped it behind, a match winning save. The drama didn’t stop as McDermott’s young Spurs side sealed the win, after Sterling played in Duncan in the box, the midfielder sent the ball into the back of the net with a curling effort. The final score Spurs 5-3 Newcastle united, the most exhilarating of games as McDermott’s side dug deep to win a thrilling cup tie, and I as a Spurs supporter am absolutely thrilled that we’re through to the semi finals of the FA Youth cup, a brilliant achievement from this talented crop of players.

Spurs will now face Chelsea over two legs in the semi finals with the first leg being played at the Lane, Spurs’ memorable cup run continues and I have every belief in them turning over a very talented Chelsea side in the next round. COYS

My man of the match: Reo Griffiths. A very hard one to call, Keanan Bennett’s, Samuel Shashoua and Nick Tsaroulla all had terrific matches but I’m going to give it to forward Reo Griffiths for his goal and assist.
Newcastle United Under-18s: Nathan Harker; Ben Kitchen, Owen Bailey (c), Lewis Gibson, Kieren Aplin; Matty Longstaff, Mace Goodridge (Mackenzie Heaney 77); Owen Gallacher, Thomas Allan (Callum Smith 67), Adam Wilson; Lewis McNall.

Subs not used: Otto Huuhtanen, Lewis Cass, Kelland Watts.

Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s: Brandon Austin, Timothy Eyoma, Nick Tsaroulla, George Marsh (c), Jonathan Dinzeyi, Japhet Tanganga, Samuel Shashoua, Oliver Skipp, Reo Griffiths (Dylan Duncan 72), Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Keanan Bennetts (Kazaiah Sterling 29).

Subs not used: Tariq Hinds, Alfie Whiteman, Jack Roles.

Referee: David Webb

Bookings: Newcastle United Under-18s – Matty Longstaff (81); Tottenham Hotspur Under-18s – none

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Spurs under 18’s versus Newcastle united: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Newcastle united: (match preview)

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The under 18’s FA youth cup adventure continues this evening, when John McDermott’s side face Newcastle united at St James’ park in the quarter finals of England’s most prestigious youth competition. The under 18’s side have been a joy to watch this season and their FA youth cup run has seen them play some beautiful football, with wins over Stevenage, QPR and Norwich seeing them progress to this crucial stage of the competition. However, this evenings game will be one of the biggest games that this crop of players will have been involved in, if McDermott’s side can progress to the semifinals, then they will face Chelsea over two legs. In terms of quality the Lillywhites are the better side, if this were played at the training ground then I believe the lads would run out comfortable winners. But the big difference is that tonight’s match will be played at the 52,000 seater stadium St James’ park, and the iconic stadium could be a quite intimidating experience for the players, with a big crowd expected for this evenings game. Newcastle currently sit in ninth position in the northern section of the under 18 league, but their recent record in the FA Youth cup is one that has to be respected. The magpies have some talented players in their ranks, with striker Lewis Mcnall and Mackenzie Heaney both players to look out for this evening. It would be a fantastic achievement if the lads could win tonight, but regardless of the result this experience will provide a learning curve for McDermott’s side. COYS

One to watch: Newcastle united striker Lewis Mcnall.

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You can listen to this evening match on live sports FM, the link is provided below.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Roles, Bennett’s, Sterling.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs.

Spurs 4-0 Stoke: (match report)

Spurs 4-0 Stoke: (match report)

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Spurs put the disappointments of Thursday night behind them, as they thumped Stoke city 4-0 at the Lane earlier today, in what was a game of real quality from the Lillywhites. Pochettino’s side showed great intensity throughout and their control of the game paid off, as Spurs put in a vintage performance. After asserting their authority on the game Spurs attacked with a great degree of intent, and on 14 minutes the Lillywhites took the lead through their talisman, Harry Kane. Alli’s attempted through ball was intercepted by Shawcrosss, with the ball coming out to Kane on the edge of the box and Kane fired the ball low into the far corner of the net, a fine finish. After taking the lead Spurs looked as if they were in cruise control, playing with a panache about their game. However, 10 minutes after taking the lead, Hugo Lloris was forced into making a stunning save. After a cross was whipped in to the box, former Spurs man Peter Crouch got his foot to it, and although he he was offside, the linesman didn’t flag and Lloris was forced into making a world class save with his legs. Moments later Spurs almost doubled their advantage, after Jan Vertonghen’s effort from 12 yards cannoned off of the crossbar. Shortly afterwards Kane curled a delicious long range effort inches wide of Grant’s right post. Spurs continued their attacking onslaught and after Kyle Walker tested Grant with a ferocious strike, Spurs eventually doubled their lead just after the half hour mark through none other than Harry Kane.

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Eriksen picked out Kane from the resulting corner and the striker met the ball first time on the edge of the box, as he struck a sweet effort which nestled low into the far corner of the net, 2-0 to Spurs. Spurs’ attacking superiority was tearing the potters to shreds and just five minutes later Harry Kane again exposed Stokes vulnerabilities, as he got his hat-trick to put Spurs 3 up. With a free kick from 30 yards out Christian Eriksen laid the ball off to Kane whose low first time effort took a heavy deflection off Peter Crouch, before beating the helpless Lee Grant as it rolled in to the back of the net. Spurs’ high tempo didn’t stop and just before the end of the first period, Dele Alli sent the Lane into a scene of jubilation with Spurs’ fourth of the game. Kane was again at the centre of attention as he powerfully surged down the right wing, before sending a low cross into the path of Alli who tapped home at the far post, his red card in midweek long forgotten. Spurs started the second half just as they had done in the first, but Pochettino’s side were rocked by an injury to Toby Alderweireld just a few minutes in, Spurs reverted to four at the back, and in doing so their style of play was altered.

Spurs’ intensity never wavered however, they didn’t look as dangerous going forward in the second period, for Stoke it was a case of damaged limitations. Kane went close to getting his fourth of the game on 74 minutes, after the England international curled a low effort from the edge of the box, but Grant was alert to the danger as he got down to make a fine save. Spurs saw out the remaining minutes with ease, the final score Spurs 4-0 Stoke, the perfect response from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, a stunning performance sees the lads return to second in the table. COYS

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Additional note: After todays game finished I noticed that Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and most interestingly of all Marcus Edwards were all training on the pitch it just shows how close Edwards is to the main team.

My man of the match: The outstanding Harry Kane! With three goals and an assist Kane’s influence on the game was immense, he is now the premier leagues joint top scorer with 17 goals.

Player reviews:
– Hugo Lloris: Made an exceptional save in the first half, but apart from that he had a quiet afternoon.
– Kyle Walker: Monumental at right back, a faultless performance from the England international.
– Toby Alderweireld: Prior to coming off injured in the second half, Alderweireld was immense his anticipation was incredible.
– Jan Vertonghen: Very tidy and composed, also an attacking threat.
– Kevin Wimmer: Very comfortable when coming on.
– Ben Davies: Solid throughout.
– Victor Wanyama: Indestructible in the centre of the park.
– Mousa Dembele: A vintage performance from the Belgian, dazzling in the centre of the park, the Stoke midfield stood no chance.
– Harry Winks: Done a good job when coming on, mopped up well and showed really good vision.
– Christian Eriksen: Present throughout the whole game, contributing with two assists.
– Dele Alli: potent throughout his trickery and movement was top draw and he was deserving of his goal.
– Harry Kane: A hat-trick and an assist, a truly magnificent performance!
– Son: N/A (On for such little time).
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c), Dier, Alderweireld (Wimmer 49), Vertonghen (Winks 66), Walker, Dembele, Wanyama, Davies, Eriksen, Dele, Kane (Son 86). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Janssen.

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Grant, Bardsley, Shawcross (c), Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan (Cameron 82), Adam (Afellay 60), Arnautovic, Allen, Sobhi, Crouch (Berahino 60). Substitutes (not used): Given, Muniesa, Diouf, Imbula.

Goals: Spurs – Kane 14, 32, 37, Dele 45.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Wimmer, Wanyama; Stoke – Whelan, Adams, Arnautovic.

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 31,864.

Spurs under 18’s 4-0 Swansea: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 4-0 Swansea: (match report)

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On Tuesday afternoon our under 18’s side continued their intense schedule of fixtures, as they recorded a terrific 4-0 victory over Swansea City. John McDermott’s Spurs side were sublime and played some wonderful attacking football, as they dismantled bottom of the table Swansea. Instead of doing an in depth report, the following will just be a concise report of the game, which will include player reviews. Spurs tore Swansea to shreds at Hotspur way, their fast attacking football causing a major headache for the opposition. Young right back Tariq Hinds netted Spurs’ first of the game, after he latched on to the loose ball inside the box, after Shashoua had sent in a low cross, and Hinds showed the alertness of a centre forward as he tucked the ball home, Hinds first goal at under 18 level. We were dominant and Swansea were helpless to stop us. On the half hour mark, Hinds struck again, curling a superb long range effort into the top corner. Early in the second half Jack Roles channeled his inner Frank Lampard, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box, the box to box midfielder needed no asking as he slotted the ball home. The third goal essentially ending the game as the depleted Swansea side done their best to suppress our countless attacks. The good vision of Keanan Bennett’s saw the winger pick out Samuel Shashoua for Spurs’ fourth of the game on 56 minutes. Bennett’s finding Shashoua, whose deft touch saw him find a pocket of space which he converted with aplomb. Spurs could have had many more goals in the remaining minutes but it wasn’t to matter, McDermott’s side had achieved a memorable victory and showcased their superb talent ahead of Mondays massive FA youth cup tie with Newcastle on Monday.

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Our under 18’s were also in action this Saturday, due to the FA youth cup match on Monday, the squad consisted mainly of under 16’s. And the young Spurs side put in a good effort against a top Villa side, narrowly losing 2-1 at villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.

 
Player reviews:
– Brandon Austin: A spectator for almost the entirety of the match.
– Tariq Hinds: An exceptional performance from Hinds as he netted a brace, he showed just how good he is getting forward as he is defending, a tremendous performance.
– Matt Lock: Lock had an excellent game against the swans, he impressed down the right flank with his excellent ball control and agility. Lock was also solid defensively, his really beginning to remind me of Walker-Peters in his style of play.
– George Marsh: Impressive as ever, Marsh was commanding and composed at centre half.
– TJ Eyoma: Has been a key performer for the under 18’s this season, and Tuesdays game was no exception.
– Jonathan Dinzeyi: Had a terrific game, dealt with the Swansea forwards with ease.
– Samuel Shashoua: The creative driving force behind Spurs’ attacking performance, a leader on the pitch Shashoua was unlucky not to get more than one goal and it was probably his best game of the season.
– Jack Roles: A hard worker throughout, the intelligent Roles netted his twelfth goal of the season and the box to box midfielder was brimming with confidence.
– Reo Griffiths: Brilliant hold up play, Griffiths was powerful going forward and done everything but find the net, deserved a goal.
– Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Absolutely top class, the midfielder had an excellent game as he burst forward through the middle creating chance after chance.
– Keanan Bennett’s: A constant danger down the left Bennett’s had a fine game, getting the assist for Spurs’ fourth.
– Moroyin Omolabi: Did well when coming on, provided steel to the midfield.
– Jamie Reynolds: Decent display from Reynolds, very tidy when coming on.
– Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Velasco: Provided a spark when coming on and was very unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

My man of the match: Samuel Shashoua- The creative driving force behind Spurs’ attacking performance, a leader on the pitch Shashoua was unlucky not to get more than one goal and it was probably his best game of the season, and his had many a good game! There was a moment in the game when Shashoua beat two or three men before finding the space to shoot, his effort crashing against the crossbar, it was breathtaking play, Messiesque.

 
Spurs U18s: Austin, Lock, Hinds, Marsh (c, Omolabi 64), Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Roles (Reynolds 59), Griffiths, Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts (Gonzalez-Velasco 68). Substitutes (not used): Brown, Whiteman (GK).

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

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

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Our under 23’s side recorded an important 1-0 victory over Sunderland this evening, as Ugo Ehiogu’s side move up to seventh in the PL2 table. Our victory at the Lamex stadium in Stevenage, was in my opinion the teams best performance of the season. It was a faultless team performance, everyone worked so hard and made vital contributions to the play. We controlled the game, dictating the tempo against a good Sunderland side, and despite fielding four under 18 players, Ehiogu’s players dominated the game and reaped their rewards. The game was only five minutes old when the Lillywhites took the lead, courtesy of young striker Kazaiah Sterling. After Christian Maghoma hit a long ball upfield, Sunderland’s goalkeeper Max Stryjkek controlled the ball with his feet but the high pressing of Sterling unsettled Stryjeck, and the striker managed to rob the ball off him and hit the ball home, 1-0 to Spurs. After having taken the lead Spurs established their authority on the game, making the visitors chase after the ball. However, Sunderland almost found a way back into the game on 24 minutes, when the ball fell to Swedish forward Joel Asoro and from eight yards out the striker forced a tremendous cat like diving save from Lopez, with the ball deflecting off of Tanganga in the process. Just under ten minutes later Spurs came close to doubling their advantage, following a foul on Tsaroulla on the edge of the penalty area, Joe Pritchard stepped up to curl a wonderful effort over the wall as if cannoned off the crossbar, much to the relief of the Sunderland goalkeeper.

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The second period started in Sunderlands favour, as the Tyne and Wear club almost drew level a couple of minutes in. Joel Asoro showing brilliant feet as he surged forward on to the edge of the penalty area, before firing an effort off the inside of the post, with the ball somehow going wide as it came back across the goal. Later Spurs went close at the other end, after Sterling was found at the far post from the resulting free kick, but the strikers effort from close range hit the side netting. Spurs battled well both defensively and in the midfield as they saw out the game, to record a much deserved victory. I thought every single player had an excellent game against the black cats and and Monday evenings performance will be a massive confidence boost to Ehiogu’s side.

Player review:
– Pau Lopez: Although he wasn’t tested a great deal, Lopez made a world class save in the first half. In addition the Spaniards handling was very impressive.
– Joe Muscatt: An excellent display from the right back, solid defensively Muscatt drove forward with some great weaving runs on many occasions, and demonstrated great skill.
– Nick Tsaroulla: His first ever appearance for the under 23’s, but the left back looked right at home putting in a great display at left back, making some fine challenges.
– Filip Lesniak: The skipper was an anchor in the midfield, very efficient and didn’t make a single mistake all night.
– Japhet Tanganga: The second year scholar was very comfortable against Sunderland, composed and tenacious. Him and Maghoma make a good centre back pairing.
– Christian Maghoma: A quality display from the tall centre back, Maghoma was commanding and dealt very well with the Sunderland attack, winning almost all of his headers.
– Shayon Harrison: The Yeovil loanee was played out wide tonight and he showed really good feet, looking very dangerous when going forward.
– Zenon Stylianides: Was such an important player in our win, Stylianides showed great awareness as he impressed with both the offensive and defensive aspects of his game. Glided past players and made some lovely forward passes.
– Shilow Tracey: Never stopped, constantly pressed the Sunderlands defence, and made some lovely powerful forward runs.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Sterling’s fantastic goalscoring form continued as he netted what proved to be the winner. Sterling was a constant threat, sharp and instinctive it looks as if this won’t be his last under 23 match of the the season.

– Joe Pritchard: A good performance from the attacking midfielder, worked incredibly hard and was so unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with his free kick.

My man of the match: Zenon Stylianides. The skilful midfielder was such an important player in our 1-0 win, Stylianides showed great awareness as he impressed with both the offensive and defensive aspects of his game. Glided past players and made some lovely forward passes, his skilful style of play and great vision outwitting the Sunderland midfield.

Spurs: Pau Lopez, Muscatt, Tsaroulla, Lesniak (c), Tanganga, Maghoma, Harrison, Stylianides (Skipp 90+1), Tracey, Pritchard (Owens 79), Sterling (Goddard 87).Substitutes (not used): Glover (GK).

Sunderland: Stryjek, J Robson, Hume, Wright, Casey, Ledger, Molyneux, E Robson (c), Asoro, Embleton, Greenwood. Substitutes (not used): Brotherton, Gamble, Taylor, Yves Poame, Talbot (GK).

Goal: Spurs – Sterling 5.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Goddard 90+1; Sunderland – J Robson 33, Casey 89.

Referee: Dean Treleaven.

Attendance: 372.

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

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

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Our under 23’s are in action this evening as they host Sunderland at the Lamex stadium in the PL2. Ehiogu’s side who are in the relegation zone face a real possibility of being relegated, with just six league matches remaining Ehiogu’s side will be targeting maximum points from tonight’s match. However, tonight’s opponents will provide a tough test for his side, Sunderland sit sixth in the table five points ahead of Spurs and the last time these two sides met, the scores were two a piece. Following the departure of winger Nathan Oduwa to Slovenian champions Olimpija Ljubljana as well as the departure of several loanees, Spurs’ squad has been quite threadbare. Hence there are a couple of under 18 players training with the under 23 squad ahead of tonight’s match, these include: Kazaiah Sterling, Japhet Tanganga, Nick Tsaroulla and Brandon Austin. Sunderlands side include some talented players, with the likes of Joel Asoro, George Honeyman and Ethan Robson, all players to look out for. I will be at this evenings game and as always I will be writing a match report. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Lesniak, Stylianides, Edwards, Pritchard, Tracey, Sterling.

My predicted score line: 2-2.

One to watch: Swedish under 21 international Joel Asoro, the talented forward has already feature for David Moyes’ senior side during the current campaign.

Spurs 3-0 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs 3-0 Fulham: (match report)

“We needed that win. It’s been a tough week, not the best and we wanted to come here, get the win and progress to the next round. It was a good performance. I thought we were solid all around the pitch and deserved to win.” (Harry Kane)

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Spurs go marching in to the quarter finals of the FA cup, after Mauricio Pochettino’s side recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fulham on Sunday afternoon. Spurs shone at a sunlit Craven cottage, winning the game in style and after two straight defeats it was a relief to see a vintage Tottenham Hotspur performance. Harry Kane has a phenomenal goalscoring record against London clubs and his hat trick today, takes his tally to 19 for the season, and it was incredibly refreshing to see Pochettino field such a strong Tottenham lineup. Spurs begun the game with a confidence about their play, their fast attacking play soon having Fulham on the back foot. After Eriksen went close early on, Spurs were relentless and their intensity was rewarded 16 minutes into the game, when Eriksen sent a beautiful low cross in to the box, which Kane tapped home to give Spurs the early lead they had so desperately craved. Ten minutes later Eriksen almost turned scorer when Kane played him through in the box but Eriksen’s effort went high above the crossbar. Spurs flourished and they passed the ball around the field with ease, after Harry Winks had a goal ruled offside Spurs saw the half out with relative ease, with few meaningful attacks from the home side. Our style of play didn’t change in the second half and just six minutes in to the second period, Harry Kane grabbed his second of the game to double Spurs’ advantage. Eriksen was again the provider, the Dane picking out Kane with an excellent cross, and Kane made no mistake as he skilfully tapped the ball home, a perfect strikers finish. Moments later Dele Alli almost got our third, Eriksen so close to getting a hat-trick of assists as his precise cross was met by Alli at the far post. However, Alli was put off by the foot of Odoi, as he headed the ball over the crossbar.

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Fulham threatened us with a header from Kevin McDonald on 71 minutes, but our classy performance toppled the championship side after Kane got his hat-trick on 73 minutes to send Spurs into the quarterfinals of this most famous competition. Alli sent Kane racing through on goal after putting in a well measured pass, and Kane made no mistake as he fired the ball home to cap off a memorable afternoon on the banks of the river Thames. The final score Spurs 3-0 Fulham, a delightful result for Spurs as we go into the quarter finals with aplomb. Where we will meet fellow London side Millwall, in what will be our last ever cup match at the Lane. It’s a fantastic draw for Pochettino’s side and we’ll really fancy our chances against the league one club.

Player review:
– Michel Vorm: Had a quiet game making a few comfortable saves.
– Kieran Trippier: Filling in for Walker at right back, Trippier had a good game. Especially impressive going forward and was influential in the creation of the first goal.
– Toby Alderweireld: So calm and composed, a defensive performance to saviour.
– Jan Vertonghen: Returned from injury in style, bossing the defence.
– Ben Davies: A comfortable defensive performance from the Welsh left back.
– Victor Wanyama: A powerhouse in the centre of the park, overwhelmed the Fulham midfield.
– Harry Winks: Winks’ best performance in a Spurs shirt, Winks controlled the midfield his passing and movement absolutely top draw.
– Christian Eriksen: Vintage Christian Eriksen display, probably the most influential player on the pitch.
– Dele Alli: Consistent and effective, full of trickery. Also provided the assist for Kane’s third.
– Son: Played well on the wing, made some good contributions to the attack.
– Harry Kane: His hat-trick says it all.

My man of the match: Hat trick hero Harry Kane.

Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Odoi, Ream, Kalas, Malone; Cairney (c), Johansen, McDonald (Parker 74); Aluko (Cyriac 66), Ayite (Sessegnon 57), Kebano. Substitutes (not used): Button, Madl, Piazon, Martin.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Winks (Dembele 79), Eriksen, Dele (Onomah 86), Son; Kane (c, Sissoko 75). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Janssen.

Goals: Spurs – Kane 16, 51, 73.

Referee: Robert Madley.

Spurs versus Fulham: (match preview)

Spurs versus Fulham: (match preview)

“If you don’t win anything, you have had a bad season.” (Bill Nicholson)

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Our FA cup run continues on Sunday when Spurs make the short trip across London, to face Fulham in the fifth round of the FA cup. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have suffered a recent blip of form with back to back defeats to Liverpool and Gent, his side have been off the pace and their 1-0 defeat in Belgium in midweek was a real cause for concern, it’s quite astonishing to think that we’ve only recorded two wins in our last 14 away matches. That poor away record cannot continue tomorrow when we face Fulham at craven cottage, I don’t need to emphasise how important the FA cup is to our club. Pochettino’s record as a manager in cup competitions is pretty poor and I have felt that in recent seasons he hasn’t put out strong enough squads in the FA cup. A prime example of this being our defeat at home to Crystal Palace in round 5 of last years competition, where a number of key players were rested. Many ex players and fans alike will all say that you’ve got to play your best team in the FA cup, but with our second leg tie against Gent in midweek that may not be as easy as it seems. I am quite anxious as a Spurs fan going into Sunday’s match, we’ve lacked our intensity over the last two matches, and with Fulham in good form in the championship this is not a tie we can afford to underestimate. The cottagers have won four of their last five matches and currently sit in eighth position in the Championship, and Slaviša Jokanović’s side have plenty of talented player in their ranks. The likes of Chris Martin, Lucas Piazon and Sone Aluko will all provide goal threats, whilst it’s worth looking out for highly rated 16 year old left back Ryan Sessegnon who has been linked with a move to us over the past year.

It’s essential we start today’s game with an attacking intensity that will unsettle the hosts, and if we can get an early goal then I fancy us to go on and thrash Fulham. After all it is the FA cup and anything can happen, but I’m hopeful that Pochettino’s side will be at their best for this afternoons tie. COYS

Team news: Erik Lamela and Danny Rose remain sidelined through injury, Harry Kane picked up a knock against Gent and may not be risked against Fulham. Meanwhile defender Jan Vertonghen has made great progress from his injury and could well feature at the back. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see youngsters Kyle Walker-Peters and Marcus Edwards feature on the bench, neither traveled to Belgium and both offer an exciting alternative.

An interesting read on Vincent Janssen:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/18/vincent-janssen-must-prove-worth-on-spurs-training-ground-says-pochettino

My predicted team: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.

My score prediction: 4-1 to Spurs.

One to watch: The extremely talented young left back Ryan Sessegnon.

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Spurs under 18’s 0-3 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 0 -3 Fulham: (match report)

“It’s very disappointing that we didn’t seize the initiative in the first half when we should have done. We had ample opportunities to score goals and then just shot ourselves in the foot with the goals conceded. Fulham were excellent, they made themselves very compact and hard to break down, we tried to force the game and left ourselves vulnerable to the counter-attack, which they exploited.” (John McDermott)

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Our under 18’s fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Fulham on Friday afternoon, to virtually diminish any chance of getting into tier one of the under 18 league. Having beaten Fulham 1-0 in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, I really fancied the lads chances against Fulham and although the 3-0 scoreline suggests otherwise, I thought they could have recorded a comfortable victory based on their dominant first half display. We had command of the game from early on as we attacked the Fulham defence with great purpose, a wonderful one two played by Shashoua to Griffith’s ended with the former putting the ball in to the back of the net, only to be judged offside. 18 minutes in Spurs should have been one up, when Bennett’s played a nice one two with Griffith’s inside the area, only to see his close range effort go waywardly wide ofthe post. The cottagers were dangerous on the counter attack creating a few chances which Spurs’ defence dealt with appropriately. Just after the half hour mark Alfie Whiteman was forced into making a fine reaction save when he denied Michael Elstone’s effort from inside the box. Shortly afterwards Spurs went desperately close to breaking the deadlock,after Jack Roles showed brilliant technique to curl his free kick onto the inside of the post. With the rebound falling for Bennett’s but Fulham’s Ashby-Hammond got in front of the winger, and just moments later Griffiths hit the ball across the area and into the path of Bennett’s, but with just the goal gaping the Spurs man had unfortunately only managed to put the ball high over the crossbar.

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For all our domination in the first half Spurs were not to be rewarded for their hard labour, as shortly before the interval the visitors caught us on the counter attack and took the lead through a fortuitous goal. Fulham’s Harris whipped the ball into the area and the ball was scrambled past the line by Spurs defender Jaden Brown, after a spill from Whiteman. After Tashan Oakley-Boothe went off at half time, going into the second half we lacked that bit of creative spark from the midfield and despite creating a couple of decent chances early on, McDermott’s side soon fell further behind. When O’Riley curled a delicious effort from out wide, high into the top corner deceiving Whiteman and the whole Spurs defence. Fulham’s second was the killer blow, Spurs looked depleted, unable to deal with a Fulham side growing into the game by every passing minute. It was deeply frustrating, because Spurs were much the better side but they were simply unable to regain their composure. Spurs were struggling at the back, as Fulham bombarded us in our own penalty area, and just minutes after their second O’Riley almost scored a carbon copy of his first. The midfielder saw his free kick from out wide smash against the upright leaving Whiteman rooted to the spot.

Fulham’s attacking intensity didn’t cool in the following minutes, they produced numerous chances where they went close to extending their lead, Spurs had fell apart and looked a shadow of the side they have been for the most part of the season. With just two minutes remaining of normal time, the cottagers got their third of the game yet again catching us on the counter attack. Keeper Ashby Hammond threw the ball high over the Spurs defence and into the path of Thompson who rounded the rushing Whiteman to slot the ball into the back of the net, the final score Spurs 0-3 Fulham. A really disappointing result for the under 18’s, they haven’t enjoyed this month at all and yesterday’s match was no exception, they’ll feel as if they should have got something out of the game. The young Lillywhites will have to up their game for their visit of Newcastle United in the all important FA Youth cup quarter final at the end of the month. John McDermott’s side are in action again on Tuesday, when they face Swansea city at Hotspur way, I thought I’d add that the absent trio of Japhet Tanganga, Nick Tsaroulla and Kazaiah Sterling were all training with the under 23’s and could all be involved in Mondays PL2 match against Sunderland.

 

Player review:
– Alfie Whiteman: A rare off day for Whiteman, his first half mistake lead to the opener for the visitors. However, Whiteman did produce some fine saves and wasn’t at fault for the other two goals.
– Matt Lock: An impressive display from the right back, Lock has really good agility and ball control, and looked good going forward.
– Jaden Brown: Although he doesn’t attack down the wing like Tsaroulla, Brown had a good game at left back and was decent defensively.
– Oliver Skipp: My man of the match Skipp had a fantastic game, see below.
– Jonathan Dinzeyi: Wasn’t up to his usual standards on Friday, although he was dominate in the air he struggled at the back, and he wasn’t as composed as he is when paired up with Tanganga.
– George Marsh: Filling in at centre half Marsh was superb, as tenacious as ever he got stuck in on multiple occasions and his defensive wit also impressed McDermott who said: “George Marsh really stood out. He reads the game really well and whatever job you give him, he does it diligently, aggressively and I also think he did it with a lot of football intelligence today.”
– Samuel Shashoua: Had a good game and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet, made some lovely runs and worked an opening on a couple of occasions. However, he was at times quite isolated on the left.
– Tashan Oakley-Boothe: He only played the first half but I thought the midfielder had a good game he provided a creative spark from the midfield and I was surprised when he was taken off at halftime, although it may well have been due to an injury.
– Dylan Duncan: Coming on at half time in place of Oakley-Boothe, Duncan made a decent impact on the game, he brought an attacking flair to the midfield.
– Reo Griffiths: Wasn’t to be his day against Fulham, despite working his socks off, his hard work and good movement was not rewarded.
– Jack Roles: Had a decent game, his excellent first half free kick came so close to putting Spurs ahead.
– Jamie Bowden: The under 16 made his first appearance for the under 18’s and the highly rated midfielder looked quite good when coming on, definitely one to watch over the coming seasons.
– Keanan Bennett’s: A frustrating day for Bennett’s as he’ll feel that he should have gotten on the score sheet. The winger brought plenty of energy to the match and put some nice crosses into the box. However, he wasn’t clinical enough in front of goal.

My man of the match: Oliver Skipp, who had an excellent game against Fulham Skipp was very efficient in the centre of the park breaking up play and mopping up with great effect. Skipp who is still and under 16, is such an astute player and he looked years ahead of his game.

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Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Lock, Brown, Skipp, Dinzeyi, Marsh (c), Shashoua, Oakley-Boothe (Duncan 46), Griffiths, Roles (Bowden 57), Bennetts. Substitutes (not used): Hinds, Reynolds, Freeman (GK).

Gent 1-0 Spurs: (match report)

Gent 1-0 Spurs: (match report)

IMG_2446.JPGSpurs’ hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 of the Europa league were dented, when they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Gent on Thursday evening. It was a really frustrating night for Spurs they just couldn’t state their usual authority on the match, with an industrious Gent side catching us by surprise, running out deserved 1-0 winners on the night. The first half was wearisome with neither side able to produce much to shout about. Dele Alli produced Tottenham’s best chance of the half just over 10 minutes in, when the England international fizzed a powerful long range effort narrowly wide of the left post. With the exception of Alli’s long range effort, there was almost nothing of note in the remainder of the half, it was a truly dispiriting half and one which was quite dreadful to watch. In a total contrast to the first half, we came out of the blocks in some style in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Pochettino’s side begun to find their shape and their rhythm returned, with Harry Kane going desperately close to putting us in to the lead. After some good build up play Alli passed to Kane in the box, and the centre forward swivelled round before unleashing a powerful effort which hit off the outside of the post. In that bright 15 minute spell our intensity had returned, we passed the ball around with real attacking intent and it seemed as if we were going to go on and win the game. However, that spell did not last and just before the hour mark the home side took an unexpected lead through striker Juan Perbet.

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Gent had caught us on the counter attack as they surged forward with Milicevic squaring the ball to Perbet inside the box as he dodged Davies’ sliding challenge, before the Frenchman fired the ball past his helpess compatriot to the send the crowd wild with delight. We never returned to our tempo in the remainder of the match and the Lillywhites were fortunate not to find themselves two goals down, when Milicevic saw his low shot tipped on to the post by a spectacular diving save from Lloris. We offered nothing in the remaining minutes as Gent saw out the 1-0 victory with ease, a really disappointing night for us Spurs fans, the lads confidence seems to have been dented from last Saturday’s loss to Liverpool, and despite a strong selection from Pochettino we looked lacklustre and lacked the potency required in front of goal. Next Thursdays second leg at Wembley is massive! Spurs have got to really go for it and they simply cannot afford to not turn up again, this is such an important competition for our club and we just can’t afford to throw this opportunity away. On to Sundays game against Fulham. COYS

My player review:
– Hugo Lloris: Made a stunning save to deny Gent their second of the game deep in the second half, that save may prove vital come next Thursday.
– Kyle Walker: Not his usual self against Gent, didn’t have a good first half at all but he grew into the game and put in a decent second half performance.
– Toby Alderweireld: As precise as ever in his timely blocks/interceptions I thought Alderweireld was as good as ever, though it’s clear he’s missing Vertonghen’s presence.
– Eric Dier: A decent game from Dier, not as effective as Alderweireld though but put in a good performance nonetheless.
– Ben Davies: A bit sloppy from time to time but I thought Davies played quite well, his a really hard worker.
– Victor Wanyama: A good performance from Wanyama, strong tenacious and impressive.
– Harry Winks: Yet again I was really impressed with Winks he was my man of the match by some distance, smooth passing, brilliant vision and as composed as ever both on and off the ball.
– Moussa Sissoko: Didn’t really get into the game, was pretty ineffective down the left wing.
– Mousa Dembele: I thought Dembele had a good game against Gent, I liked the fact that he was much more attacking and he made some good runs, but just didn’t have the end product on this occasion.
– Dele: Wasn’t the headline act but this was due to the fact he was being played out wide, we missed the more central box to box Dele Alli. And I feel as if we would have a greater chance of winning, had he been played behind Kane.
– Harry Kane: Was isolated yet again up top wasn’t able to get into the game, his second half chance being our best of the match.

My man of the match: A real positive throughout the game, Harry Winks was excellent against Gent. Winks’ vision and passing were top draw, his such a calm and composed player and is developing rapidly.

KAA Gent (4-3-3): Kalinic, Mitrovic, Asare (c, Gershon 80), Dejaegere, Gigot; Saief, Esiti, Foket; Simon (Kalu 74), Perbet (Coulibaly 74), Milicevic. Substitutes (not used): Rinne, Renato Neto, De Smet, Verstraete.

Spurs: 4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Wanyama, Winks (Eriksen 80); Sissoko (Nkoudou 71), Dembele (Son 68), Dele; Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah.

Goals: Gent – Perbet 59.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Walker 54, Dele 73.

Referee: Benoit Bastien.