Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Southampton: (match report)
Our under 23’s recorded a much needed 3-1 victory over Southampton on Tuesday night. Ugo Ehiogu’s side put in a vibrant first half display which saw Spurs put three goals past Southampton, their confident first half performance effectively ending the game. Spurs started the game the better side, passing the ball around the field with ease. The first real chance came early on when Joe Pritchard whipped a fine cross into the box in which the unmarked Ryan Loft waywardly volleyed off target, Loft knew he should have done better. Spurs’ domination of the game paid off just before the half hour mark, when Nathan Oduwa opened the scoring for Spurs. Oduwa who was playing with an air of confidence as the passed the ball to Miller from the edge of the area and Miller played the ball back into the path of Oduwa who fired home in style, his composed side footed effort flying in to the top corner. Oduwa was again the inspiration for our second goal which came just two minutes afterwards. Oduwa darted forward on the left wing before whipping in a low cross, which was bundled into the back of the net by Southampton defender Joes, 2-0 to Spurs. Southampton had barely got any of the ball in the remainder of the first half, as Spurs played with a panache about their game. And deep in to stoppage time of the first half Spurs got their third of the game. Oduwa again the provider playing a short pass to Tracey who showed good ball control inside the area, managing to rifle a shot in to the far corner of the net.
The second half was nowhere near as exciting as the first, the game petered out with neither side creating much to shout about. However, after a rash sliding challenge from Joe Pritchard in the 59th minute the referee awarded the saints a penalty. Ryan Seager’s effort was initially denied by a fine Glover save, only for the ball to roll into the path of Seager who made no mistake as he hit the ball home. There was little of note in the remaining half an hour, as Spurs comfortably completed an important 3-1 victory over the saints, to go three points clear of safety in eighth position, a result which will delight Ugo Ehiogu. It was a really impressive performance last night in what was a bitterly cold evening in Stevenage, I was surprised to see loanees Luke Amos, Will Miller and Ryan Loft involved even though they are eligible under EFL ruling. I thought our more experienced side put in a really good performance and it was refreshing to see us get three points on the board.
I thought Nathan Oduwa was superb yet again (see below) I also thought that Will Miller had a good game, I am a big fan of Miller. The 20 year old is an incredibly skilful player and he made great movement as well as assisting Oduwa’s goal. Shilow Tracey is really beginning to find his feet in under 23 football, I’ve been really impressed with him in recent matches and Tuesdays match was no exception he was very good on the ball, he now has 4 goals this season. The centre half pairing of Christian Maghoma and Filip Lesniak was successful, both were solid and the former was excellent in the air. The players played well as a team and they’ll go in to next Sunday’s match against Liverpool, at Anfield with confidence.
My man of the match: For the third time in our last three matches Nathan Oduwa has been the creative force. Oduwa was brilliant against Southampton, he was without doubt the best player on the pitch getting a goal and two assists. Oduwa’s recent fine form will likely catch Pochettino’s eye.
Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Muscatt, Amos (c), Maghoma, Lesniak, Miller (Goddard 74), Pritchard (Stylianides 60), Loft, Tracey, Oduwa. Substitutes (not used): Brown, Lock, McDermott (GK).
Southampton: Latham, Valery, Wood, Rowthorn, Cook, Jones (c), Willard (Olomola 46), O’Connor, Seager (Barnes 70), Slattery, Johnson. Substitutes (not used): Vokins, Smallbone, Parkes (GK).
Goals: Spurs – Oduwa 28, Jones (OG) 30, Tracey 45+2; Southampton – Seager 59.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Amos 78; Southampton – Cook 55.
Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis.