Spurs versus Gent: (match preview)

Spurs versus Gent: (match preview)

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Spurs return to European competition this evening when they face Belgian side K.A.A Gent, in the UEFA Europa league round of 32. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are approaching a critical stage in their season with two cup games in four days, Pochettino has to decide whether he’ll put out a side capable to win silverware, with both the UEFA Europa league and FA cup being competitions that Spurs have a good chance of realistically winning. Spurs’ trip to Belgium comes on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the league, and Pochettino will be wanting to see his side make an instant impact when they face Gent later today. ‘De Buffalos’ will provide a stern opposition and despite the gulf in class, Pochettino will be anxious for his team to get out of the blocks fast against a fine side. Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s side made the last 16 of last seasons UEFA champions league, and currently sit in eight position in the Belgian pro league but Gent have a very good home record and they have only lost three times at the Ghelamco arena, in their last 20 matches. I believe that Pochettino will field a strong side tonight, as he’ll be looking to make a statement and with the return leg at Wembley just a week away, Spurs will hoping to record a convincing away victory to ease some of the pressure off the return leg. I honestly believe we’ll be on form tonight, if Pochettino decides to play the cream of the crop, e.g. Kane, Alli and Eriksen, then I can foresee a comfortable and important victory. We must not underestimate Gent, players such as Moses Simon and Juan Perbet will all pose a threat and we must be on our game from the start. Tonight’s match against Gent and Sunday’s FA cup match against Fulham, are a critical period with in our season. Let’s hope after tonight we’ll be one step closer to the glory us fans so desperately crave. COYS

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My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

My score prediction: 4-1 to Spurs.

One to watch: Gent’s Malian striker Kalifa Coulibaly.

Some thoughts on our defeat against Liverpool:

Some thoughts on our defeat against Liverpool:

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Spurs were simply outclassed when they met Liverpool on Saturday evening in an important league clash. However, the Lillywhites were not just outclassed they were outpaced, Liverpool’s intensity carved us right open and our vulnerabilities were brutally exposed by Jurgen Klopp’s men. As much as I am disappointed about Saturdays defeat I am not distraught, I wasn’t confident about this game in the slightest our poor record at Anfield had continued over the last few seasons and it’s one of the most intimidating grounds in English football. However, it was Liverpool’s poor run of form that frightened me going in to this game, the Reds were without a win in five matches before Saturday’s game, and with a manager of Klopp’s calibre you just knew that Liverpool would be back with a bang. And that sparkling attacking football which had been missing from Klopp’s side over recent months, returned in some style as their high pressing play caught us out early on and after two quick goals by Sadio Mane we were left desperately chasing the game. The electric pace of Mane had gotten the better of Ben Davies and we were helpless in stopping the Senegalese forward for the opening goal. Mane’s second two minutes later was as a result of some breathtaking football from Liverpool they were sharp and decisive, but Spurs let them play that way and despite making two fine saves Lloris was helpless in denying Mane’s second.

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It’s too simplistic to proportion the blame on just one or two of our players for Saturdays defeat, the team as a whole just didn’t turn up, they failed to show what Liverpool had produced, which was fast attacking football. Our intensity was not evident at Anfield, we were slow out the blocks just like we had been a few weeks early against Man City where we were fortunate to record a 2-2 draw. Pochettino will be frustrated that his side hadn’t learnt from Man City game and were unable to cope with such a fast team, the fact that we produced just one clear cut chance will also frustrate Pochettino. When Liverpool came to the Lane back in September they played similar to yesterday, they were sharp out of the blocks they were slick and cut us apart in the first half with their box to box passing. Although we were fortunate to muster a 1- 1 draw on that day, we had shown on Saturday that we had not yet learnt from past experiences and I am sure that Pochettino will be hugely dissatisfied with Saturdays display. I think it’s key in highlighting who we were missing the most, Danny Rose. Rose is such a key player at left wing back his powerful attacking play was sorely missed. When Rose plays at left back our dynamics are completely different, in addition the absence of Jan Vertonghen was again felt. We’ve got nine very winnable league fixtures ahead of us and I’m confident that the team will bounce back well from this game. However, are focus is on to our next two cup matches away to Gent and Fulham respectively, both massive games in our season. COYS

My player review:
– Hugo Lloris: Lloris was superb in between the sticks making seven saves, Lloris was the reason we did not concede five or more goals. The Frenchmans diving save to deny Mane his hat trick was world class.
– Kyle Walker: Didn’t have his usual impact but this was due to the way the game panned out, though I did think Walker played well.
– Toby Alderweireld: Made some vital blocks/interceptions but he couldn’t withstand the rampant Liverpool attack.
– Eric Dier: Like Alderweireld he couldn’t stop Liverpool on his own, Dier was decent and his first half challenge was top draw.
– Ben Davies: Struggled to keep up with Mane on the left, Mane had acres more pace than Davies and the system just didn’t workout to Davies’s advantage. Davies is an intelligent full back and I’m sure he’ll come back from this game stronger.
– Victor Wanyama: Not his usual dominant self in the centre of the park.
– Mousa Dembele: I thought Dembele played well, made some nice powerful runs from the midfield and got back well.
– Son: Unable to make much of an impact down the left, his first half chance being Spurs’ best of the game.
– Christian Eriksen: The Danish international was quite anonymous, wasn’t able to really get in to the game.
– Dele Alli: Like Eriksen, Alli wasn’t able to make much of an attacking impact on the game but Alli did show some nice pieces of attacking play.
– Harry Kane: Just didn’t get the service.
– Harry Winks: Was tidy as ever when coming on, and provided some steel to the midfield.
– Vincent Janssen: Wasn’t on long enough to make an impact.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas (Klavan 82), Milner; Henderson (c), Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane (Alexander-Arnold 90+2), Coutinho (Can 77), Firmino. Substitutes (not used): Karius, Moreno, Origi, Sturridge.

Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Wanyama, Dembele (Sissoko 77); Son (Janssen 82), Eriksen (Winks 68), Dele; Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Nkoudou.

Goals: Liverpool – Mane 16, 18.

Yellow cards: Liverpool – Henderson 53, Matip 56, Milner 68; Spurs – Son 28, Kane 67, Winks 71, Dier 78, Alderweireld 83.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.

Attendance: 53,159.

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Liverpool: (match report)

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Our under 23’s were defeated 3-2 by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in a PL2 encounter at Anfield. Ugo Ehiogu’s experienced side saw Joshua Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Marcus Edwards all start. I was in the Kop watching Sunday afternoons match and although I was disappointed that the lads didn’t get something out of the match, I did think it was a really good game of football, and I felt that there were plenty of positives for Ehiogu’s side to take out of the game. We started the match at a chilly Anfield in positive fashion and it wasn’t long before Spurs’ attacking football had Liverpool on the back foot. The Lillywhites bright start was rewarded on 18 minutes, when Marcus Edwards opened the scoring for Spurs. A nice piece of play which started on the right wing when Walker-Peters deflected cross came into the path of Marcus Edwards and the England youth international cut inside before unleashing a powerful low shot which gave the Reds goalkeeper Grabara no chance, 1-0 to Spurs. Spurs were able to build on their lead and they were making an experienced Liverpool side look uncomfortable on the ball. Seven minutes later Spurs doubled their advantage over the Reds, after Nathan Oduwa won the ball off of Alexander-Arnold, Oduwa passed the ball to Tracey in the box. However, Tracey’s shot was blocked, coming to the alert Will Miller whose deflected effort eventually found the back of the net, 2-0 to the Lillywhites! It was a brilliant start at Anfield by Spurs but I just knew that Liverpool would turn on the pressure, and that happened just minutes after Miller’s goal. Right back Alexander-Arnold burst into the box wrong footing left back Joe Muscatt who panicked, his mistimed challenge resulting in a penalty for Liverpool, which was expertly despatched by Welsh winger Harry Wilson.

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Goalkeeper Tom Glover made a fine save five minutes before the interval, denying Ben Woodburn from the resulting free kick. Liverpool started the second half in even better fashion than they had finished the first, and just minutes after it had begun they had drawn level. Sheyi Ojo had the ball on the right side of the penalty area and the young winger seemed he had no option to go for goal, but Ojo deceived Glover with a superb curling effort which nestled into the far corner of the net, 2-2. We were on the back foot in the resulting minutes as Liverpool sparkled, playing some fine attacking football which cut Spurs right open. Corey Whelan’s headed effort on goal hit the cross bar after Muscatt managed to get a vital head on the ball. And former Spurs academy graduate Kevin Stewart rifled a ferocious long range effort at goal which whistled past the right post. However, the former Spurs man did put the ball into the net in the 82nd minute after Alexander-Arnold whipped the ball to the area, Stewart beat Carter-Vickers in the air to head home the winner, Glover was furious in the Tottenham goal. Our confidence had been shattered after that late goal and Ehiogu’s depleted side could only muster up one good chance when Oduwa met a corner deep in stoppage time, but his header was well saved by Grabara, the final score Spurs under 23’s 2-3 Liverpool.

I also thought i’d add that young forward Reo Griffith’s traveled with the team on Sunday, he was sat in the stands along with fellow Spur Zenon Stylanides and another player who I was unable to identify.

 
My man of the match: He may have only been on the field for 59 minutes but I thought Edwards was terrific. After a four month injury lay off, it was obvious that Spurs had missed his mesmerising skill and brilliant ball control. Edwards had the Liverpool fullbacks sweating every time he went forward, the ball stuck to his boots as he attacked down the right wing, his early goal was brilliantly taken, his fourth of the season. Despite having not played a competitive game in four months, I didn’t think he was missing his sharpness, but it’s inevitable that he will be at his best again in no time.

Player reviews:
– Tom Glover: The Australian goalkeeper was at no fault for any of the three goals Spurs conceded, he made a string of fine saves notably the one from Woodburn’s free kick. A few observations: I thought Glover was very good with the ball at his feet especially in his kicking. In addition his vocalness in front of the back four also impressed me
– Kyle Walker-Peters: The right back played well, his mazing forward runs causing the Liverpool defence some bother. It was also a very courageous performance from the brave right back.
– Cameron Carter-Vickers: The centre back made his first under 23 appearance of the season and it was a game of two halves for the American centre half. After an impressive first half where he was comfortable on the ball, the defender struggled in the second period he looked far less composed and didn’t impose his authority over the Liverpool attackers.
– Joe Muscatt: A decent performance from the left back I thought he had a good game, minus him giving a penalty away in the first half, Muscatt also made a key interception to deny Stewart’s effort in the second half.
– Luke Amos: A really good performance from the midfielder on loan at Southend, Amos was tenacious and unrelenting in the centre of the park.
– Will Miller: I thought Miller had a brilliant game, his movement was again top draw and his dizzying runs were a threat. He also netted Spurs’ second goal.
– Marcus Edwards: My man of the match. I thought Edwards demonstrated exactly why he’s training with the first team, he was very good on the ball despite severely lacking in game time.
– George Marsh: The second year scholar is an old school midfielder his second half introduction brought steel to the midfield, he was not afraid to get stuck in.
– Joe Pritchard: Since coming on in the second half, Pritchard failed to make much of an impact but this was down mainly to the fact that Liverpool had most of the ball in our end.
– Josh Onomah: He may be low on confidence of late, but I thought Onomah had a good game in his natural number 8 position. Onomah was very good on the ball and showed good feet, a Dembelesque performance from the youngster.
– Nathan Oduwa: Oduwa made some good driving runs down the right and was highly influential in the creation of our second goal.
– Cy Goddard: Came on very late.
– Shilow Tracey: Whilst his not a natural striker I thought Tracey done a good job up front, he worked very hard and was constantly pressing the Liverpool defence.

Liverpool: Grabara, Alexander-Arnold, Randall, Gomez, Whelan, Stewart, Wilson (c), Virtue (Williams 83), Brewster, Woodburn, Ojo. Substitutes (not used): Alves, Hart, Gomes, Kelleher (GK).

Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Lesniak (c), Carter-Vickers, Muscatt, Amos, Miller (Marsh 56), Edwards (Pritchard 59), Onomah (Goddard 89), Oduwa, Tracey. Substitutes (not used): Maghoma, McDermott (GK)

Goals: Liverpool – Wilson 28 (pen), Ojo 47, Stewart 82; Spurs – Edwards 18, Miller 25.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Marsh 74.

Referee: Andrew Miller.

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

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

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Our 23’s are in action on Sunday afternoon when they face Liverpool at Anfield in the PL2. Ugo Ehiogu’s side put in an impressive display in their 3-1 victory over Southampton last Monday and they’ll be hoping to carry that momentum in today’s match. Still embroiled in a relegation battle, the young Lillywhites will face a tough test when they face third placed Liverpool. The reds boast some talented players, with the likes of Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Conor Masterson all highly rated youngsters. We were thrashed 6-3 when we met Liverpool at the Lamex earlier on in the season, but I feel the side have improved considerably since then and with Nathan Oduwa and Shilow Tracey in fine form I feel as if were in with a chance of causing an upset, providing we can keep Liverpool’s dangerous attack at bay. I will be at Anfield tomorrow so I will write a match report, the game is also available to watch on Liverpool TV.

Team news: Winger Anthony Georgiou is ruled out through injury whilst loanee Luke Amos is available for selection and could start. I’ve no idea whether Marcus Edwards has travelled but I wouldn’t be too surprised if he had, Edwards is in need of game time following his recent recovery from injury. With Loft and Harrison both out on loan Spurs are missing a striker but with Kazaiah Sterling in fine form for our under 18’s, I could see the talented youngster featuring tomorrow.

 
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Glover, Walker-Peters, Lesniak, Maghoma, Muscatt, Amos, Stylianides, Tracey, Pritchard, Oduwa, Sterling.

One to watch: Highly rated striker Ben Woodburn, the Welsh youth international has already scored for Jurgen Klopp’s senior side.

My predicted score: 2-2.

Some thoughts on Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough:

Some thoughts on Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough:

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It was a match that may not live long in the memory of Spurs fans but the Lillywhites recorded a comfortable 1-0 victory over the Teesiders to stay in second place, three points ahead of rivals Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino’s side dug deep to defeat a tough and defensive Middlesbrough team with Harry Kane’s penalty enough for Spurs, in what was a thoroughly satisfying performance. Pochettino again proved how flexible he is with his tactics, with Ben Davies’s covering at left wing back in place of the injured Danny Rose. Davies’s defensive stance allowed Son to flourish down the left, and the South Korean international won the decisive penalty which won the match. I was never worried about Middlesbrough scoring they showed little potency up front, failing to register single shot on target. However, it was clear that we’d have our work cut out if we were to break down Middlesbrough’s stubborn defence. What I found particularly impressive about our win today was the composure in which the players showed and the killer instinct they showed to win the game. We were defensively very good though we never seemed in danger, it may not have been the most alluring of matches, but Pochettino and his team won’t care in the slightest. We are now the only team that looks capable to challenge the runaway leaders Chelsea, we’ve been on a terrific run and I’m hoping it can continue when we make the trip up to Anfield to face Liverpool next Saturday. COYS

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My player by player review:

– Hugo Lloris: A quite day for Hugo he didn’t have to make a single save.
– Kyle Walker: Yet another impressive performance from Walker, an industrious display.
– Toby Alderweireld: I thought Alderweireld had a great game today, he made some important interceptions. A very comfortable display from the centre half
– Eric Dier: Good in the air and defensively very tidy.
– Ben Davies: Covered Rose well at left wingback, his deeper style of play allowed Son to flourish done the left.
– Victor Wanyama: A terrific performance in the midfield tireless and persistence, Wanyama was a rock with in the centre of the park.
– Mousa Dembele: Such a strong and powerful performance from the Belgian, he glided past the Middlesbrough players like a skater on ice.
– Christian Eriksen: Covered 13 km, Eriksen was a bright spark and very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
– Dele Alli: Started off well and passed the ball around well, faded as the game went on.
– Son: A superb performance from my man of the match, he sparkled down the left flank.
– Harry Kane: Not heavily involved but Kane took his penalty very well, his 63rd goal in the premier league!

My man of the match: Son Heung-Min. Son was the driving force behind today’s victory, his energy and pace was the main source of our creativity. Son also won the penalty which Kane despatched perfectly.

Spurs under 18’s 2-0 Norwich:(match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-0 Norwich: (match report)

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Our under 18’s put in yet another impressive display when they defeated Norwich 2-0 in the FA Youth cup 5th round on Thursday night, to book their place in the quarter finals. The opening minutes of the match saw the visitors on top, with the canaries playing fast attacking football. Norwich winger Glen Middleton saw his effort fly narrowly over the crossbar early on. However, after a tough opening the Lillywhites quality began to shine and on 17 minutes a nice piece of play resulted in us taking the lead. Samuel Shashoua used his skill to cut inside his man, passing the ball to George Marsh who surging forward put a perfectly measured through ball in to the path of Kazaiah Sterling. Sterling’s composure in front of goal saw the striker fire the ball low into the bottom corner of the net, 1-0 to Spurs! We began to flourish after taking the lead playing some breathtaking attacking football, akin to that of Pochettino’s senior team. And on the half hour mark Spurs doubled their advantage, after midfielder Dylan Duncan showed good feet to pick out Sterling who burst past the Norwich defenders, before jabbing the ball into the back of the net, 2-0 to the Spurs! Sterling almost got his hat-trick minutes later when Shashoua put in a delightful through ball, but Sterling took a moment too long as Norwich defender Toby Syme managed to block the strikers effort.

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We went into the second half on a high, and our impressive play continued just three minutes into the second half Japhet Tanganga came close to netting Spurs’ third, when Shashoua whipped a cross in to the box which was met by the tall centre half, his effort going narrowly over the crossbar. Winger Keanan Bennett’s effort was blocked minutes later when the off balance Bennett’s saw his effort superbly blocked on the line by a Norwich defender. A terrific late save by goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman ensured that Spurs kept a deserved clean sheet. After last nights terrific performance, Spurs have now progressed into the quarter finals of this prestigious competition, they will now face Newcastle United who they will play at the 52,000 seater stadium, St James’ Park on a date yet to be confirmed. Instead of doing my usual round up focusing on a couple of our key performers, I will instead go through each player individually on the list below. As last nights performance was an excellent team performance.

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– Alfie Whiteman: He may not have had an awful lot to do, but when called into action Whiteman was assured. His diving save late on in the second half was superb.
– TJ Eyoma: The athletic right back had a very good game, powerful down the flanks his anticipation was top draw, I’m a big fan of Eyoma!
– Nick Tsaroulla: The left back was exceptional against Norwich, Tsaroulla was excellent going forward, his incredibly fast over 10 metres. He’s really beginning to remind me of Danny Rose, Tsaroulla was also very good defensively, making two brilliant challenges late on.
– Jonathan Dinzeyi: The tall centre back had a good match, composed and good on the ball, Dinzeyi is very hard to shrug off the ball.
– Japhet Tanganga: Yet another excellent performance from the highly rated centre half. He was powerful, assured and decisive and was superb in the air.
– Samuel Shashoua: The most creative player on the field, Shashoua’s dribbling wowed the crowd. He is a special player and the Norwich players we’re constantly marking him. His quick thinking was really impressive.
– George Marsh: An outstanding performance from captain George Marsh. Tenacious as ever Marsh never stopped, the midfielder broke up play very well.
– Dylan Duncan: The box to box midfielder had a good game, setting up the second goal Duncan made some clever runs from midfield.
– Kazaiah Sterling: My man of the match, Kazaiah Sterling was on fire last night. The powerful centre forward caused the Norwich defence a headache through out, another hot prospect!
– Tashan Oakley-Boothe: Playing as the number 10 against Norwich Oakley-Boothe was impressive, he showed good creativity last night. There’s a lot more to come from the England youth international.
– Keanan Bennett’s: The winger was very sharp on the left wing and was a potent threat through out, whipping in some delightful crosses.

 
My man of the match: Clinical striker Kazaiah Sterling who grabbed a brace in Thursday nights 2-0 victory.

 
Confirmation that the quarter final tie will be played at St James’ park- https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/united-learn-fa-youth-cup-quarter-final-opponents

Spurs: Whiteman (GK), Eyoma, Tsaroulla, Marsh (c), Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Shashoua, Duncan (Skipp 77), Sterling, Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts (Griffiths 68). Substitutes (not used): Hinds, Brown, Austin (GK).

Norwich City: Hale-Brown, Aarons, Syme, Sambu (Fleming 75), Wallis, Odusina, Spyrou, McIntosh, Ashley-Seal, Hlynsson (Kamal 62), Middleton. Substitutes (not used): Payne, Ellesley, Dickenson (GK).

Goals: Spurs – Sterling 17, 30.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Tanganga 64, Eyoma 65, Tsaroulla 73, Oakley-Boothe 90+4; Norwich – McIntosh 39, Sambu 71.

Referee: J Smith.

Attendance: 698.

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Southampton: (match report)

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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.

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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.

IMG_2383.JPGI 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.
Attendance: 431.