Spurs v Arsenal: (match preview)

Spurs v Arsenal: (match preview)

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Today is the day most Spurs fans have been waiting for since the fixture list was drawn up back in June. Today is the day we face our bitter rivals Arsenal in the north London Derby, in what will be our last ever north London Derby at our cherished white hart lane. With the title race hotting up between ourselves and Chelsea, the excitement and anticipation ahead of today’s game is at fever pitch. Regardless of what the score is between table toppers Chelsea and Everton earlier on, the focus of Pochettino’s side, as well as the many Spurs supporters will be solely on defeating the Gunners. I could write a long preview, waxing lyrical about our outstanding achievements this season, our 15 game winning streak at the Lane, our 14 point lead over Arsenal. The achievements go on and on as the season draws to a dramatic close, but I don’t need to go on about Spurs’ exceptional season, for it boils down to games like this. Season defining games which get no bigger than those against your biggest and most historic rivals, the legend that have braced the turf of the Lane have all done battle with the gunners, the Danny Blanchflower’s, the Gascoigne’s and the Bale’s have created memories that will span a life time, now its Pochettino’s sides chance to give our fans that special, special memory a victory over Arsenal in our penultimate game at the Lane, COYS!

Team news: Harry Winks and Erik Lamela remain sidelined through injury, whilst Danny Rose who continues to recover from his injury and Mousa Dembele who picked up an ankle injury in midweek are injury doubts ahead of today’s game. Arsene Wenger’s side are expected to lineup in the 3-4-2-1 formation, and I reckon their biggest danger will come from Sanchez and the creativity of Ozil, whilst the pace of Bellerin could prove to be a problem down the right.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Eriksen, Wanyama, Davies, Son, Alli, Kane.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Alli, Kane and Dier!

One to watch: The danger man Alexis Sanchez, with 19 league goals and 9 assists the world class Chile international is capable of producing the spectacular, we’ll have to be at our best today to ensure he doesn’t!

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Spurs under 18’s 5-2 Fulham: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 5-2 Fulham: (match report)

“We played some really good football, we were high-energy and I thought we looked like we had some really good players.” (John McDermott)

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Our under 18’s were in fine form this morning, as they thrashed fellow London club Fulham 5-2 in a thrilling game at Hotspur way. There was an emotional and respectful minutes silence before today’s game in tribute to Ugo Ehiogu who tragically passed away last week. I was treated to some breathtaking football this morning, McDermott’s highly attacking side brutally exposing Fulham’s defensive vulnerabilities putting in an exceptional offensive display. It was a game in which the Lillywhites produced chance after chance, McDermott’s side were so creative and sharp, on another day they could have ran out 7-0 winners! McDermott’s side were astute, playing down the wings through the highly effective duo of Keanan Bennetts and Samuel Shashoua. Spurs started the game well and it didn’t take them long to find their usual attacking rhythm, on 13 minutes Kazaiah Sterling forced a fine save out of Fulham goalkeeper Ashby-Hammond, with the rebound falling for Jack Roles who drilled an effort against the post. We came close again moments later, when Jaden Brown’s clever cross came to Sterling inside the box, his first time effort producing another fine save from the Fulham goalkeeper, before the ball was thwarted into the path of Bennetts, the goal was gaping at his mercy but he blasted over from just a couple of yards out, no one including himself could quite believe it. We continued to threaten Fulham’s defence, McDermott’s team were creating numerous chances and it was only a matter of time before they eventually took the lead. Roles showed great technique to rifle an effort narrowly over the crossbar before Sterling and Skipp saw their chances go close.

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Spurs’ dominance was finally rewarded on 35 minutes when Jack Roles broke the deadlock for the Lillywhites. Sterling played a big part in the goal, the forward cutting inside his man before laying the ball off to Roles who made no mistake from close range burying the ball into the back of the net, 1-0. Our attacking superiority over the cottagers was growing, and just nine minutes later the youngster doubled their advantage with a well worked goal. Winger Keanan Bennetts who had been potent throughout the game, surged forward before finding Shashoua inside the box. The nimble footed winger turning on to his left foot before slotting the ball home, 2-0 to Spurs! Shortly after the interval Spurs resumed their attacking ways, Shashoua forcing Ashby-Hammond into making a brilliant reflex save as he clawed away Shashoua’s effort with a strong hand. However, we allowed Fulham a route back into the game on 52 minutes when Skipp brought York to the floor, Nwietniewski’s resulting effort converted to make the scores 2-1. However, McDermott’s side made an instant response from the kick off, Shashoua playing a one two with Roles before sending a delightful chip into the back of the net, simply sublime stuff! The lads were playing some scintillating football and were constantly striving for that next goal. And it didn’t take long before goal number 4 came along, anchor man Oliver Skipp picking out Keanan Bennetts with a delightful lofted pass, racing through on goal the winger was clinical as he calmly slotted home, 4-1 to Spurs!

Our lead became even greater 10 minutes from time, when Kazaiah Sterling deservedly got his first goal of the game to put us 5-1 ahead. Bennetts played Sterling in with a lovely cross from the right, and Sterling made no mistake as he poached the ball home, 5-1. Our defence temporarily went to sleep late on, at which point Harris had gotten through on goal to hammer home a consolation goal for the cottagers. The final score Spurs 5-2 Fulham, McDermott’s side treated the spectators to a wonderful attacking display, they outplayed Fulham in every way, their intensity overwhelmed Steve Wrigley’s side. Our under 18’s can hold their heads high after this superb performance which comes at a very difficult time for our academy.
Player review: – Alfie Whiteman: Done well when called into action, good in the air and made some fine saves,
– Tariq Hinds: Another impressive performance from the right back, very creative going forward and solid defensively.
– Jaden Brown: Defensively solid, read the game well.
– Oliver Skipp: Anchor man in the midfield set up Bennetts goal with a lovely assist.
– George Marsh: Fine performance from the captain done well to constantly snuff out danger.
– Japhet Tanganga: Dominant game from Tanganga, the centre half won everything in the air and linked up well with Marsh at the back. Also impressed me with his passing.
– Samuel Shashoua: Another vintage performance from my man of the match, see below.
– Dylan Duncan: One of our best players, was very creative with a lovely range of passing.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Worked incredibly hard throughout and got a much deserved goal.
– Jack Roles: Constantly managed to find openings, his goal today his 18th of the domestic season.
– Keanan Bennetts: Made a significant contribution to the game with his goal and two assists, pacy and powerful Bennetts terrorised the Fulham fullbacks, a top performance from the 18 year old.
My man of the match: Not for the first time this season it goes to Samuel Shashoua, the England youth international bagged a stunning brace and proved to be the most effective player in a game where many players shone. Shashoua’s trademark flare and dizzying skills gave the Fulham defence a nightmare of a time. I can’t sing this talented players praises high enough!

Spurs U18s: Whiteman, Hinds (Lock 76), Brown, Skipp (Omolabi 70), Marsh (c), Tanganga, Shashoua, Duncan, Sterling, Roles (Patterson 58), Bennetts. Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK).

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Fulham: (match preview)

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Our under 18’s are in action tomorrow morning, Fulham are the visitors for the young Lillywhites as John McDermott’s side ready themselves for their final home game of the season. We face Fulham for the third time during this seasons campaign, with one win and a defeat recorded from the two games played in the southern section of the under 18 league. McDermott’s side will be determined to finish the season well and their chances of winning the group two tier are looking a real possibility, tomorrows game comes at a very tough time for the Spurs players following the tragic passing of under 23’s head coach Ugo Ehiogu last week. Having already seen this impressive Fulham side twice this season, it’s hard not to admire Steve Wrigley’s talented team. The west London club have a very productive youth academy, with some of the under 18’s biggest talents including Steven Sessegnon, schoolboy Matt O’Riley and their top scorer Jon Dagur Thorsteisson, just a few of the talented players who should be involved tomorrow. I will be at Hotspur way for the final time this season for tomorrows game, I shall be reporting on the match and shall have a match report published by late afternoon for what promises to be a most competitive and intriguing game. COYS

Team news: Brandon Austin won’t be involved in tomorrows game, his on international duty with the USA’s under 18’s team, whilst I assume centre half Jonathan Dinzeyi will remain sidelined through injury, though I don’t know for sure. McDermott constantly rotates his side and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of schoolboys involved against Fulham, Phoenix Patterson the most likely candidate. I’m expecting the inform Kazaiah Sterling to lead the line, with the creativity coming from Samuel Shashoua and Keanan Bennetts down the flanks.

My predicted lineup: Whiteman, Eyoma, Marsh, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Oakley-Boothe, Skipp, Bennetts, Shashoua, Griffiths, Sterling.

One to watch: Fulham’s talented full back Steven Sessegnon, the talented England youth international is the twin brother of Fulham’s first team sensation Ryan Sessegnon.

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Some thoughts on Spurs’ important 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in midweek:

Some thoughts on Spurs’ important 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in midweek:

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There was little time for the Spurs players and supporters to dwell on their dramatic elimination from the FA cup, in last Saturday’s semi-final defeat at the hands of Chelsea, at Wembley stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s side knew they had to bounce back in midweek with the visit of Crystal Palace providing Spurs with the opportunity to close the gap at the top to four points, following Chelsea’s win over Southampton the previous night. We went into Wednesday’s night match knowing how very tough 3 points would be to achieve at Selhurst park, with Sam Allardyce’s inform eagles showing their dramatic improvement under Allardyce, with notable wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool recorded in the past couple of weeks. The tough task ahead of us became clear to see in the opening stages of the game, Palace were dangerous with the speedy Wilfred Zaha constantly bothering our fullbacks. Their well structured and ultra defensive style of play, was stifling Pochettino’s sides creative play. And that consistently solid style of play would continue throughout the game, few clear cut chances and little to shout about. In fact that was the pattern for the majority of the game, apart from when Dele Alli ghosted in at the near post before putting the ball narrowly wide of Hennessy’s post. Palace began to tire in the final quarter of the game, but Pochettino’s resilient side still pushed to create that bit of magic that would put them ahead. And that bit of magic duly arrived on 78 minutes when out of nothing, Christian Eriksen decided to an unleash a thumping effort from long range, his effort dipping as it flew into the bottom corner of Hennessy’s net, scenes of elation followed in the away end!

The disappointment of the weekend put long behind for the Spurs players, as they fought hard to secure an invaluable three points in south London. It may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing game to watch for the neutral, but Pochettino’s side dug deep to grind out a precious victory that keeps them right in the title race, I shall be publishing a piece on the profound influence that man of the match Christian Eriksen has had on our season, in the coming days. Roll on Sunday, COYS!

Ugo Ehiogu- A commemorative piece on a man who had such a profound impact on Spurs’ academy:

Ugo Ehiogu- A commemorative piece on a man who had such a profound impact on Spurs’ academy:

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Last Friday, the footballing community woke up to the shocking news of the sudden passing of former England international Ugo Ehiogu. Ehiogu was one of the finest English centre halves of his generation, a player who was admired by so many, the Hackney born defender who won four caps for his country, enjoyed famous spells with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough where he won two league cup trophies. Regarded as a legend by both Villa and Middlesbrough supporters for his terrific defensive qualities, Ehiogu went on to play for a host of other top clubs. Ugo was our much respected under 23’s head coach, a talented young coach, Ehiogu coached our development side on a permanent basis since 2014, having joined our academy coaching staff on a part time basis a couple of years earlier. Since taking the job of coaching our under 21’s as they were known then, Ehiogu instilled Pochettino’s footballing philosophy into his team, playing with a high pressing style of play. It was just three weeks ago that I had seen him on the touchline at Goodison park for Spurs under 23’s in their game against Everton. Just as I had seen him many times before over the past few seasons, Ehiogu’s coaching had a profound impact on the development of all those that he had coached, Tottenham academy graduates both past and present. Ugo Ehiogu was a winner, and his winning mentality was always evident on the touchline, even if we were 3-0 up and we had just squandered a chance, he’d always be looking for his team to extend their lead, his passion and enthusiasm for the game was infectious.

Often animated from the dugout, Ehiogu was a great communicator to his players, it was clear to see he was a great motivator to them. What I admired most about Ehiogu as a coach was his fighting spirit, and he had implemented that fighting spirit into every single one of his players, whether we were trailing 4-0 to Liverpools under 23’s in the opening half an hour of a game, Ehiogu’s players would fight like pros until the final whistle, playing for more than pride. The tributes came quickly pouring in on Friday morning after news of his death broke, what was particularly touching was the messages from his players both past and present, their appreciation for him on their immense development as players and as people. Pochettino added: “Ugo was a lovely man and we had a very good relationship from the first day we [my coaching team] arrived at the club. He was always a person who helped us a lot and we will miss him greatly. I send all my love to his family and friends at such a difficult time. It’s a huge loss both personally and for all the Tottenham Hotspur family.” From the many games I had watched Ugo coach in, personally I have no doubt that he would have gone on to become a great manager, he enriched our blossoming academy and helped to bring through the likes of Harry Winks and Josh Onomah to the first team, his passing is a huge loss to our club and football in general. My sincere condolences go to his family and friends at this terrible time. RIP Ugo.
His last tweet was the measure of the man:

Spurs 4-0 Bournemouth: (match report)

Spurs 4-0 Bournemouth: (match report)

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A seventh straight league win for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs occurred on Saturday lunchtime, as Spurs’s recorded a 4-0 demolition over Bournemouth at the Lane. Yet another sparkling attacking performance ensued, as Pochettino’s young Spurs side outclassed the cherries with a stunning performance, as Spurs continue to go hot on the heels of league leaders Chelsea. Spurs started the game with a real desire and their fast and attacking style of play began to create some early openings for Pochettino’s side as they went on the attack. A quick fire effort from Moussa Dembele on 13 minutes testing the alert Artur Boruc, who was forced into making a good save down at his far post. Spurs’ early dominance of the game was rewarded three minutes later when Mousa Dembele put Spurs ahead with his first goal of the season. The goal came about after Christian Eriksen whipped the resulting corner in to the box, as it came out to the unmarked Dembele who powered an effort past Boruc with his right foot, that’s the first time Dembele’s scored a league goal with his right foot, 1-0 to Spurs! Spurs’ early goal set the tone for a game where they’d run Eddie Howe’s side ragged, the Lillywhites fierce attacking play caught Bournemouth out again minutes later when the inform Son Heung-Min doubled Spurs’ advantage. After Kane flicked a sumptuous pass on to Son who surged into the box, before firing a low effort underneath Boruc and into the back of the net, 2-0 to Spurs!

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Spurs’ breathtaking style of play which saw them constantly change shape as players filled in for one another, was beginning to suggest that the game was a foregone conclusion. Spurs continued to create a flurry of chances including a notable effort from Eriksen on 36 minutes. Eriksen had a go from seven yards out after receiving an excellent first time pass from Kane, but Eriksen’s lashed effort was acrobatically thwarted away by Boruc. The interval couldn’t have come any quicker for the visitors, as Spurs continued to dominate proceedings, 2-0 up at the break. Spurs started the second half with exactly the same intent as they had the first, and it didn’t take long until Pochettino’s side extended their advantage, as Harry Kane netted Spurs’ third of the afternoon three minutes in. After Dele Alli passed to Kane in the box, the England striker showed good footwork to get past Francis before placing the ball inside the far post to effectively end the game. Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc was kept busy in the remaining minutes as he made a string of fine saves to deny the formidable attacking trio of Son, Kane and Eriksen from increasing Spurs’ lead. However, Boruc was helpless to deny our fourth of the game which came deep in stoppage time. Ben Davies’ cross from the left was received by Vincent Janssen whose first time effort was blocked on the line, but the Dutchman buried home the rebound, only his second goal from open play for Spurs, a massive confidence booster for a classy player. The final scores Spurs 4-0 Bournemouth, that sparkling attacking football that has been present throughout our season is showing no signs of depreciating, Pochettino’s side ripped apart a fine Bournemouth outfit with a truly sensational attacking display, Spurs fans will be watching tomorrows match between Man united and Chelsea with great interest! COYS

My man of the match: The masterful Mousa Dembele who put in one of his best performances of the season today. Dembele totally bossed the midfield with his dominant display overwhelming the cherries midfield, Dembele played with an attacking freedom as he glided past the opposition players, his goal was his first of the season.

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Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Son, Dele (Sissoko 83), Eriksen (Janssen 86), Kane (Wanyama 78). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah.

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Smith, Francis (c), S Cook, Daniels, Stanislas (Fraser 69), Arter, Wilshere (L Cook 56), Pugh, King, Afobe (Mousset 76). Substitutes (not used): Allsop, Gradel, Mings, Cargill.

Goals: Spurs – Dembele 16, Son 19, Kane 48, Janssen 90+2.

Yellows cards: Bournemouth – Fraser.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Attendance: 31,943.

Spurs versus Bournemouth: (match preview)

Spurs versus Bournemouth: (match preview)

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Tomorrow lunchtime Spurs host Bournemouth at the Lane, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just four points. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side come to north London having drawn their last three outings, including impressive draws with Manchester United and Liverpool. The cherries sit in 15th position, seven points adrift of the danger zone but with survival still not a mathematical certainty, Howe’s side will be eager to pick up a point against the Lillywhites when they face them on Saturday. However we’re in red hot form coming into this game and a victory would equal our record of 12 home league wins, that recording stretching all the way back to the 1920’s. Bournemouth are in some ways similar to us, they play fearless attacking football with a flair to their game, they press high and have a great work ethic and it is no surprise that Mauricio Pochettino, said that he enjoys to watch the cherries in action. Whilst former Manchester United man Josh King is in scintillating form with 10 goals from his last 11 matches, I feel as if the danger will come from Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere in the middle of the park with his his defence splitting passing, whilst the searing pace of Ryan Fraser will have Kyle Walker busy down the right flank. We have no choice but to win as far as the title race is concerned, though our opposition will provide a much tougher test than Watford did last week. I’m predicting a tough game for Mauricio Pochettino’s men but one that I still can still only see ending in victory for the Lillywhites. I shall have a match report of tomorrow afternoons game published by late afternoon. COYS!
Team news: Harry Winks, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are all ruled out, whilst Michel Vorm and Cameron Carter-Vickers are injury doubts ahead of Saturday lunchtimes game. With Harry Kane in contention for a first start in over a month and Victor Wanyama reportedly set to return in midfield, its hard to know what formation Pochettino will line up in. After all he surely couldn’t drop the inform Son to opt for a 3-4-2-1 formation?

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.

A pre match read: My article on the inform Son Heung-Min. https://superhotspur.com/2017/04/09/here-comes-the-son-son-continues-to-improve-in-his-second-season-at-the-lillywhites/

My predicted score : Spurs 3-1 Bournemouth. Courtesy of goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son.

One to watch: The inform Norwegian forward Josh King, who has 13 league goals this season.

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All you need know about Spurs’ trialist Ryan Johnson:

All you need know about Spurs’ trialist Ryan Johnson:

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There was a trialist involved in Monday evenings game involving Spurs under 23’s and Everton at Goodison park. 20 year old Ryan Johnson who plays for Stevenage started the PL2 game for Ugo Ehiogu’s side. Johnson who plays at left centre back, is a product of West Brom’s youth academy and since joining league 2 club Stevenage in 2013, has gone on to make 12 appearances for their senior side. The highly thought of centre half went on a week long trial with Manchester United two years ago. Although born in Birmingham, Johnson represents Northern Ireland at youth level and has featured four times for their under 21’s side. My first impressions of Johnson were really positive, after seeing him play at Goodison park yesterday evening it was soon clear that he had something about his game. Playing on the left side of a back three, Johnson was up against a selection of Everton’s first team side which included Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Unfazed by the talent he was up against, Johnson looked composed and decisive, there was a coolness about his game that reminded me a bit of Toby Alderweireld. Johnson didn’t lunge into challenges or make rash decisions, he read the game well making some clever interceptions. Whilst good in the air, Johnson also possess a good amount of pace and his positioning also impressed me. Johnson’s long range passing was equally impressive, he sprayed some brilliant passes up to the Spurs attack. Whilst he was substituted late on in the game after picking up a yellow card when the scores was only 2-1, Johnson gave a really good impression of himself and whilst it’s is unclear what our intentions are, I for one am hoping to see him feature again in a Spurs shirt.

Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Everton: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Everton: (match report)

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“There were five shots on target and they scored four, but for 65 minutes I thought we controlled the game if I’m being honest. We lacked a killer instinct, a bit of power and directness at times, plus a bit of cuteness – they were a bit cuter than us and played with a bit more football nous and league experience than we did. We were a little bit too honest in that respect.” (Ugo Ehiogu)

Our under 23’s fell to a 4-1 defeat against Everton, at Goodison park on Monday evening in a match where the score couldn’t give justice to a battling Spurs performance. I was at a bitterly cold Goodison park reporting on Monday evenings game where Ugo Ehiogu’s side gave a good account of themselves against top of the table Everton, the blues side including a selection of first team players including Muhamed Bešić and Ademola Lookman. There was a surprise inclusion on the team sheet, trialist Ryan Johnson who plays for Stevenage started for the Lillywhites at left centre back. The 20 year old centre half who has played 12 times for Stevenage’s first team, had a trial at Man United two years ago. After a fairly uneventful opening 25 minutes where a solid and defensively structured Spurs side controlled the tempo of the game, Spurs came close to breaking the deadlock when bright spark Marcus Edwards went close on 26 minutes. Edwards’s embarked on a mazy run into the Everton box skipping past an Everton defender before unleashing a shot from close range, which was well blocked by defender Brendan Galloway. Spurs were taking control of the game, and were beginning to look the much better side. Cy Goddard set up forward Shilow Tracey, when he slipped the ball through to the striker from a free kick, Tracey’s effort from a tight angle was well saved by Hewelt.

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Everton went close at the other end when Calvert-Lewin powered a header narrowly wide of Glovers right post. Spurs went into the interval the better side, structured and in control they were dealing with an experienced Everton side with relative ease. Spurs continued to impress in the opening stages of the second half, the back three of Tanganga, Maghoma and Johnson well marshalled Everton’s attacking line. However, the potent Ademola Lookman opened the scoring for the blues on 64 minutes. The former Charlton player latched onto Galloway’s deflected cross at the far post, bundling the ball past Glover and into the net. Everton were starting to stamp their authority on the game and soon added their second eight minutes
later, Miller saw his long range effort well saved at the other end, before the blues doubled their advantage through Bassala Sambou. The newly introduced striker curled the ball wonderfully into the top corner as he turned past his man, a classy goal that left Glover rooted to his spot. However, Spurs fought back three minutes later when substitute Kazaiah Sterling nodded home Marcus Edwards cross, after some really good work from Edwards he created an opening, 2-1! The drama continued at a quick pace, Everton effectively ending the game just minutes after Spurs pulled a goal back. In a goal that was similar to their second, Kieran Dowell curled a delicious effort into the top corner of the net leaving Glover with no chance, 3-1 to Everton.

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Everton rounded of the game with a fourth three minutes from time when a deflected pass from the defence was played straight into the feet of Calvert-Lewin, who stroked the ball home from close range. The final score Spurs 1-4 Everton, a game where the scoreline couldn’t have been further from the truth, we were the better side for the majority of the game, Ehiogu’s young side putting in a commendable display against a much older Everton side, they deserved a draw.

Player review: – Tom Glover: Everton’s goals were of no fault of his own, wasn’t called into action for the most part of the game.
– TJ Eyoma: Decent display at wing back from the under 18, stayed deep and looked comfortable up against the talented Lookman.
– Japhet Tanganga: Played well in an impressive defensive trio, strong on the ball and good in the air.
– Filip Lesniak: Lesniak had a brilliant game in the centre of park, flawless and as efficient as ever, he covered a lot of ground and won the praises of Ehiogu.
– Christian Maghoma: My man of the match, Maghoma made some crucial interventions, was good in the air and was a commanding presence with in the side.
– Ryan Johnson: I was really impressed with the 20 year old trialist, Johnson was composed and read the game well. He also showed a great passing ability.
– Will Miller: Not his usual effective self had a quiet game out wide, failing to make much of an impact.
– Cy Goddard: On a rare start Goddard proved to be one of our best players, very creative in the centre of the park.
– Shilow Tracey: Done well up front, pressed continuously and got into some good positions. Tracey has such a high work rate.
– Marcus Edwards: The Tottenham starlet was one of Spurs’ most creative players, his skilful runs causing the blues problems throughout the game.
– Jaden Brown: Adapted well to playing higher up the pitch, looked good both defensively and offensively.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Made a real impact when coming on as he scored Spurs’ goal, seems to be adapting really well to under 23 football.

My man of the match: Christian Maghoma. Maghoma made some crucial interventions, was good in the air and was a commanding presence with in the side. Maghoma has been in great form over recent matches and is a player who I rate highly.

Everton: Hewelt, Kenny (c), Robinson, Besic (Charsley 46), Feeney, Galloway, Dowell (Henen 84), Walsh, Calvert-Lewin, Williams, Lookman (Sambou 64). Substitutes (not used): Gray (GK), Foulds.

Spurs: Glover, Eyoma, Tanganga, Lesniak (c), Maghoma, Johnson (trialist, Bennetts 77), Miller (Sterling 68), Goddard (Marsh 81), Tracey, Edwards, Brown. Substitute (not used): Whiteman (GK).

Goals: Everton – Lookman 61, Sambou 69, Dowell 75, Calvert-Lewin 87; Spurs – Sterling 72.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Johnson 76.

Attendance: 885.

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

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

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Our development squad travel to Merseyside to face table toppers Everton on Monday evening in the PL2. Ugo Ehiogu’s side face David Unsworth’s high flying Everton side who are within touching distance of the league trophy in its inaugural season. Ehiogu’s side travel to Liverpool hoping to bolster their already strong survival chances, Spurs are currently in sixth position four points off the relegation zone. I’m wholly expecting Everton to field a strong and competent side at Goodison park on Monday night with the incentive so big for David Unsworth’s side. It’s been an interesting season for our under 23’s, Ehiogu’s side has changed throughout the season but on the whole they’ve done well as they enter their third last game of the campaign. The ultimate aim will be to achieve survival and I’m confident that we’ll have enough in our last three games to achieve that goal. Everton have a well known and talented youth academy, I was at our developments side opening game of the season which was against the blues, that day the talented Tom Davies played for Everton, yesterday he scored for their senior side against Leicester. Some of the blues talented under 23’s include their top scorer, Irish youth international Harry Charsley, first teamer Dominic Calvert Lewin who I wouldn’t rule out playing tomorrow, as well as pacy Belgian forward David Henan who scored against us in the reverse fixture. I shall be reporting on tomorrow nights game from Goodison park however, those wishing to watch the game from home can do so, it will be streamed live on Everton’s Facebook page. As ever I’m anticipating an intriguing match with much at stake for both sides. COYS

Team news: I’m expecting to see a fair few under 18’s in action tomorrow night, Kazaiah Sterling, Jaden Brown, Nick Tsaroulla, George Marsh, Japhet Tanganga and Keanan Bennett’s all missed Saturdays under 18 win against Norwich and I’m expecting some of those players to have travelled. The on loan Pau Lopez is unlikely to feature between the sticks, Lopez who was on the bench against Watford on Saturday, doesn’t seem to travel with the under 23’s to long distance away games, so it is likely that Tom Glover will feature. The highly rated Marcus Edwards could well feature, he featured for the under 23’s in their last match against Reading and is in need of competitive game time. I suspect that Kyle Walker-Peters will miss this game, the right back pulled out of international duty through injury and hasn’t featured for Ehiogu’s side recently. I’m also not sure whether winger Anthony Georgiou has recovered from injury. Of our loanees the only players I’m expecting to be involved are Stevenage’s Ryan Loft and Burtons Will Miller, both didn’t feature for their respective clubs at the weekend.

Ticket information, plus stream link: http://www.evertonfc.com/news/2017/04/04/under-23s-game-moved-to-goodison
My predicted lineup: (4-1-3-1) Glover, Brown, Maghoma, Tanganga , Tsaroulla, Lesniak, Edwards, Marsh, Tracey, Miller, Sterling.
My predicted score: 2-2

One to watch: Everton winger Harry Charsley, the Irish under 21 international is the blues top scorer in the PL2 with 7 goals.

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