Spurs under 23’s 4-0 Reading: (match report)
Our under 23’s brushed aside Reading with a 4-0 win on Monday evening, to bolster their chances of beating the drop, in group 1 of the PL2. It was a truly dominant display from Ehiogu’s side, they outclassed the royals from start to finish in what was a great performance. Spurs started the game the brightest of the two teams and four minutes in to the game, Marcus Edwards created Spurs’ first chance of the game. When he slipped through Shilow Tracey with a lovely pass, but Tracey’s attempt at goal was well saved by Reading keeper Southwood. Just eight minutes later Spurs took the lead through Stevenage loanee, Ryan Loft. Reading’s Tyler Frost sprayed a pass across the Reading box, which the alert Loft intercepted as he kept his composure in front of goal to slot the ball home. Not long afterwards, Spurs hit the cross bar when Shilow Traceys’ attempted cross from the left, came bouncing off the top of the crossbar. Spurs were dictating play and were in the driving seat when they doubled their advantage shortly after the half hour mark. First teamer Josh Onomah, darted forward from the left wing before curling a low effort, which managed to squirm past southwood and roll narrowly across the line, half of the stadium hadn’t realised the ball had even crossed the line. Things went from strength to strength for Spurs, when second year scholar Jaden Brown got our third of the game just two minutes later. The young left back letting fly from over 20 yards out, his powerful effort nestling into the bottom right corner of the net, 3-0 to Spurs!
Pau Lopez made an excellent save to deny Reading a way back into the match, the Spanish goalkeeper making a fine reaction save to deny Sam Smith’s effort from close range, after he met Richards’ cross. Onomah was again at the heart of the action, the 19 year old going desperately close to extending Spurs’ lead on the stroke of half time, Onomahs’ lashed effort from the right side of the box whistling past Southwoods’ right post. Our energetic performance didn’t wain during the beginning of the second period, forward Shilow Tracey netted his fifth goal of the campaign to put Spurs 4 ahead in the 54th minute. Marcus Edwards whipped in an inviting corner which the valiant forward met at the far post to head a powerful effort into the back of the net, 4-0 to Spurs. Ehiogu’s side were exploiting Reading’s vulnerabilities with fast attacking football, and just six minutes later Will Miller won Spurs a penalty. The Burton loanee embarked on a mazing run inside the penalty area, the nimble footed forward being brought down unlawfully by Osho, as the referee pointed to the spot. After some debate between Miller, Loft and Edwards on who should take the penalty, Miller stood up to take, but his shot was saved well by Southwood who clutched Millers’ effort low down. Reading pushed for a consolation goal in the remaining minutes of the match and the visitors went close on a couple of occasions. Pau Lopez making a string of impressive saves to ensure Spurs were to keep a clean sheet. The final score Spurs 4-0 Reading, a hugely satisfying evening in Stevenage for Ugo Ehiogu’s side, in what was a top performance from an experienced Spurs 11.
– Pau Lopez: Another excellent performance from the on loan Espanyol goalkeeper, made a string of fine saves including two very good ones, he was also very good in the air.
– Joe Muscatt: Defensively solid and assured, Muscatt was very comfortable at right back.
– Jaden Brown: A great performance from the young left back, Brown was excellent defensively and he capped of a great night with his first goal at this level.
– Filip Lesniak: As always, very efficient and tidy Lesniak mopped up any danger with in the centre of the park.
– Christian Maghoma: A good performance from the tall centre back, Maghoma was solid and paired up very nicely with Carter-Vickers.
– Cameron Carter-Vickers: On only his second under 23 appearance of the season, the young first teamer put in an exceptional performance at centre half. Commanding and assured, the American won all of his aerial duels and didn’t give the Reading forwards much chance of getting past.
– Marcus Edwards: A good performance from the highly regarded youngster, he put in an impressive display in what was only his second competitive performance in four months. Edward also registered an assist, and showed great vision throughout the match.
– Josh Onomah: The best player on the field, Onomah was tenacious in the centre of the park, winning the ball on many occasions. However, it was his offensive qualities that were so impressive, he drove forward with such ease and was so creative, Onomah registered a goal and an assist.
– Shilow Tracey: A player who has really stood out in the second part of this season, Tracey put in a great shift. His high pressing and runs earned him a well deserved goal.
– Will Miller: A fairly quite performance from the winger, but he done really well to win a penalty midway through the second half, and was unlucky not to convert from the spot.
My man of the match: Without a doubt Josh Onomah was tenacious in the centre of the park, winning the ball on many occasions. However, it was his offensive qualities that were so impressive, he drove forward with such ease and was so creative, Onomah registered a goal and an assist.
Spurs: Pau Lopez, Muscatt, Brown, Lesniak (c, Stylianides, 81), Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Edwards, Onomah, Loft (Pritchard 81), Tracey (Goddard 67), Miller. Substitutes (not used): Glover (GK), Owens.
Reading: Southwood, Osho (Holmes 66), Dickie (c), Hyam, Richards, Holsgrove, Frost, Rinomhota, Smith, Quinn (Loader 27), Barrett (Medford-Smith 66). Substitutes (not used): Driscoll (GK), East.
Goals: Spurs – Loft 12, Onomah 31, Brown 33, Tracey 54.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Onomah 47.