Some thoughts on Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Man City:

Some thoughts on Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Man City:

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“We’ve had a tough week of training hard, but the quality has to be better and we all know that. That’s why you play in pre-season. We don’t think ‘it’s pre-season, we don’t care’ – we do care. We now have two weeks to improve ourselves, to get to the level we were at last season and become even better. You don’t want to lose, of course, but we will learn and improve.” (Toby Alderweireld)

Last night saw Spurs play the final game of their US tour to fellow English club Manchester City, it was not the way Pochettino’s side would have wanted to end their tour, with the lilywhites being thrashed 3-1 by Pep Guardiola’s team. In a game which was dominated by the sky blues from the start, Spurs struggled to establish their authority on the game despite the fact that Pochettino had fielded such a strong starting 11. We came up against a city side who looked as if they were entering the middle of their season, they were sharp, intense and pacy and that was what really caught us out last night. Man City should have won by a greater goal margin, with John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz getting their goals. Despite Spurs almost taking the lead through Dele Alli on two minutes, it was one traffic for the remainder of the game. City taking the lead through centre half John Stones inside 10 minutes, before going on to squander a whole host of chances. They exposed the lack of pace in our side, with former Spurs man Kyle Walker causing a lot of problems for Davies down the right. Guardiola’s side were fast and fluid, they passed the ball around so well and so quickly that we seemed to struggle to stop the fast attacking play of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.

Man City’s other two goals were as the result of perfectly timed attacking runs which caught us out throughout the game. There were positives in the game, the performances of Vincent Janssen, Kyle Walker-Peters and Tashan Oakley-Boothe all good. Spurs were poor last night, but it really doesn’t worry me in the slightest, to their credit Man City were superb whilst we seemed tired/lethargic. I think the friendly against Juventus next Saturday will be a far more telling and important game as we look to adapt to playing at Wembley ahead of the new season. In youth related news, it was a memorable weekend for Wayne Burnett’s side who won the European under 21 tournament in France. Burnett’s side beat teams such a as PSG and FC Lorient en route to the final where they met Belgian side Standard Liege, with the game ending 2-2 courtesy of goals from Shayon Harrison and Shilow Tracey. Spurs won the game 5-4 on penalties with goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie making the winning save. It was a brilliant achievement from the talented squad, Spurs’ winger turned wingback Keanan Bennetts also won the player of the tournament for his performances. There was a poignant and touching tribute to Ugo Ehiogu by head coach Wayne Burnett after the game: “Justin Cochrane (Under-23 Assistant Coach) and I have been with them for the last month or so, but they’ve had a really excellent development programme before we got here, so a special mention should go to those two because they’ve been a big part of these players’ development, for sure. Everyone was mindful of that, we had a minute’s silence in memory of Ugo before the game and I think it’s fitting – the players will have been thinking of him, so it’s a nice moment to lift the trophy.”

Finally I noticed that former Spurs academy goalkeeper Tom McDermott (19) has found a new club following his departure in the summer. The goalkeeper who we signed from Warrenpoint in 2014, has joined League of Ireland club Derry City. McDermott is the second Spurs player to join Derry in recent seasons along with Aaron Mceneff who joined in 2015. COYS

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Spurs versus Manchester City: (match preview)

Spurs versus Manchester City: (match preview)

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Spurs play their final game of their USA tour later tonight as Pochettino’s side go head to head with familiar opposition, Premier league side Manchester City. The game which takes place in Nashville Tennessee (kick off-11pm) will bring to an end a tour for Spurs, which has seen them record a 4-2 victory over PSG and a 3-2 loss to Roma. It’s our last game which will excite Spurs fans more than previous two, with this evenings game seeing Spurs go up against Pep Guardiola’s Man City side who have been very active in this summers transfer window, with the addition of former Spurs man Kyle Walker one of many new players to make the move to Manchester. Tonight’s match will provide Pochettino’s team with a great pre season test against a side who they’ll be coming up against in the league campaign over the next season. After the undeserved defeat to Roma in the last game, Pochettino will likely rotate his side for tonight’s match, and there’s a couple of players who I’m really hoping to see on the team sheet. Academy player Anthony Georgiou made a really positive debut against Roma in midweek, the energy and persistence he showed down the left wing should hopefully warrant him with a start against Man City. Midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe who has already featured as a substitute in both previous Spurs games has also impressed, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start. Whilst this game will provide a real challenge for Pochettino’s young side, I’m sure his players will be relishing the opportunity to go up against one of the most talented sides in Europe. COYS

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Whiteman, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Trippier, Dembele, Oakley-Boothe, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.

My score prediction: 2-2 courtesy of goals from Kane and Alli.

One to watch: Kyle Walker was a Spurs player less than a month ago, the talented right back needs no introducing ahead of us facing him just a few weeks after his £50 million pound transfer to the sky blues.

An ode to Harry Kane:

An ode to Harry Kane:

“His attitude, work-rate…he deserves everything he’s got and that’s one of the biggest compliments I can pay. He was focused and knew what he wanted and went about getting there with hard work.” (Clive Allen)

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On the day that Harry Kane turns 24, I thought it appropriate that I write an ode to the Spurs great himself. Whilst he’s breakthrough season with Spurs was only just a couple of seasons ago, Kane has made such a great impression on the premier league, that he is already considered to be one of England’s most talented young strikers in a generation. It’s almost impossible to imagine Spurs without their talisman Kane leading the line. The remarkable rise of the Londoner who has risen through the youth levels at Spurs’ academy, has developed into one of the most complete and prolific strikers in the game. Under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino he has gone on to claim the premier league golden boot for the past two seasons, even managing to score a sensational 29 league goals last term, even more remarkable is the feat if you take into consideration the fact that he missed three months of the season through injury. Kane who started out at bitter rivals Arsenal, joined our youth academy back in 2004, Kane’s journey through Spurs’ academy has seen the versatile striker play a wide range of roles, including playing as a winger and even as a holding midfielder. A prolific scorer at under 18 level, Kane seized his chance under Pochettino back in 2014 at a time when Spurs were struggling to find the back of the net.

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Pochettino has built one of the greatest Spurs teams in recent memory around the England international, he’s ability to score all types of goals, Kane’s excellent work rate and willingness to get back and defend is what makes him one of the greatest strikers in the game. Kane’s far more similar to former Spurs great Bobby Smith, then he is to any other modern striker, such is Kane’s old fashioned style of play that I’m convinced he would have flourished in that great Spurs team of 1960-61. He may be no sporting maverick with a panache about his game, but he is determined and hungry to score goals which he does so very well, and that’s what makes him so great a player. The strikers remarkable goal scoring record for the lilywhites, and his astonishing statistics have gone on to win him wide spread admiration and respect off so many in the game. At every Spurs game you’ll hear the Spurs fans bellow, “Harry Kane he’s one of our own”. It’s no wonder why us Spurs fans sing that with such pride, it’s because he plays for the fans, with Tottenham Hotspur running through his veins. He may only be turning 24, but Kane is in the eyes of so many, already a Spurs legend for what he has achieved. He has mastered the role of a centre forward, managing to score every type of goal from excellent headers and powerful long shots, to poaching goals inside the six yard box. Harry Kane is the pride of Tottenham, and the best bit of his story so far, is that it is yet to come. COYS

Spurs’ PL2 (under23) fixtures announced for 2017/18 season:

Spurs’ PL2 (under23) fixtures announced for 2017/18 season:

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The fixtures for the new PL2 season have been announced, with Wayne Burnett’s under 23 side finding out their fixtures for the coming campaign. Spurs start their season with a long trek up to the north east to face Sunderland in County Durham on Friday 11th August. There are 22 games in total for Spurs who will also be competing in this seasons Checkatrade trophy. Some interesting fixtures include a visit to face Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on the 12th March, a visit to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on the 29th January and a home match against the same club at the Lamex stadium on the 25th August. Our home games will be played at both Stevenage’s Lamex stadium and our Hotspur way training ground, whilst there will be no matches held at our temporary home Wembley stadium for the coming campaign. I will be trying my utmost to report on all Spurs matches, though it can prove very tricky with all games being subject to change at fairly short notice. It’s an exciting season for Burnett’s side, and I’m very hopeful ahead of what will prove to be a fascinating season for the young lilywhites. The full list of fixtures is published below:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – PREMIER LEAGUE 2 FIXTURE LIST 2017-18
Fri 11 Aug – Sunderland (A) – Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground – 7pm
Mon 21 Aug – West Ham United (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – 12pm 
Fri 25 Aug – Manchester United (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Mon 18 Sep – Swansea City (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Fri 13 Oct – Leicester City (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – KO TBC
Mon 23 Oct – Arsenal (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – KO TBC
Fri 27 Oct – Derby County (A) – Pride Park – 7pm
Fri 17 Nov – Chelsea (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – KO TBC
Sat 25 Nov – Manchester City (A) – Manchester City Academy Stadium – 1pm
Mon 11 Dec – West Ham United (A) – Dagenham & Redbridge – 7pm
Mon 18 Dec – Sunderland (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Mon 8 Jan – Leicester City (A) – Holmes Park – 7pm
Mon 15 Jan – Everton (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – 12pm
Mon 29 Jan – Manchester United (A) – Old Trafford – 7pm
Mon 5 Feb – Liverpool (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Mon 19 Feb – Swansea City (A) – Landore Training Ground – 7pm
Fri 2 Mar – Derby County (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – 12pm
Mon 12 Mar – Arsenal (A) – Emirates Stadium (TBC) – 7pm
Fri 13 Apr – Chelsea (A) – Aldershot Town – 7.05pm
Mon 23 Apr – Manchester City (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
TBC – Liverpool (A)
TBC – Everton (A)

Meanwhile in other related youth news, Burnett’s side travel to Ploufragan in France for the annual European under 21 tournament which begins tomorrow. Spurs will face PSG, EA Guingamp and FC Lorient in their group. The squad which is listed below is the same side that faced Cambridge United last week, with absentees including Nick Tsaroulla, George Marsh, Marcus Edwards and Cy Goddard. Expected captain of the under 21 team Luke Amos had the following words to say about the tournament- “We’ve spoken about it a lot, about what we need to do to win, and that’s the focus. It’s always good to play against different styles and there will be some older players there, players that have played men’s football, so that will be a good chance to test ourselves and pick up new things as well.”

Friday 28 July – PSG v Spurs – 12.20pm local time
Saturday 29 July – Spurs v EA Guingamp – 11.05am local time 
Saturday 29 July – Spurs v FC Lorient – 5.15pm local time
Sunday 30 July – Play-off stage fixtures

Travelling squad: De Bie, Freeman, Amos, Bennetts, Duncan, Eyoma, Harrison, Hinds, Lock, Loft, C Maghoma, Pritchard, Roles, S Shashoua, Skipp, Sterling, Tanganga, Tracey.

 

 

Some thoughts on Spurs’ 3-2 defeat to Roma:

Some thoughts on Spurs’ 3-2 defeat to Roma:

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We were involved in another thrilling game in the USA overnight, this time involving Italian side Roma. The fiercely contested friendly which took place in Harrison New Jersey, somehow ended 3-2 to the Serie A side despite the fact that spurs were in all honesty the better side. Pochettino’s side saw a couple of youth players involved, including Anthony Georgiou who shone down the left wing. We fell behind inside 13 minutes due to a penalty which should never have been awarded to I Lupi, after Radja Nainggolan’s cross struck the arm of Carter-Vickers who attempted to block the Belgian’s pass. After some pondering and some words with the fourth official, the referee harshly awarded a penalty to the astonishment of the spurs players. Diego Perotti cooly despatched his effort from the spot to put Roma one up, we lacked that creative spark for the remainder of the half, unable to draw level.

The second half saw a revitalised Spurs side take hold of the game, the creativity of Winks from the midfield, and the pace of Georgiou and Nkoudou on the flanks saw us create a flurry of chances. However, Spurs fell two behind on 70 minutes, when Turkish youngster Cengiz Ünder (who had been linked with Spurs this summer) put the Italian side 2-0 up. Roma’s second came as a result of a whipped cross by Strootman which was was cleared by Wimmer only in to the path of Ünder, who drilled home from inside the box. A fine solo effort from Georgiou tested Skorupski soon afterwards, then we finally got a way back into the game, when Janssen’s effort rebounded off the post, Winks eventually managing to bundel the ball home.

Pochettino’s side had gotten a breakthrough, and with Roma under pressure we managed to score a second past them in stoppage time, Nkoudou’s wonderful whipped cross was met by Janssen inside the area, as he volleyed home. The frantic nature of the game however had different plans for our side, just seconds later Roma went on a dangerous counter attack, which saw Ünder send a cross into the penalty area which young striker Tumminello put past Lloris to end a game which promised so much for Spurs.

It was a highly interesting game from the perspective of a Spurs fan, there was a lot that caught my eye. I thought we played well though the result may have suggested otherwise, I thought our performance at the very least should have warranted a draw, whilst it wasn’t vintage Spurs (which was to be expected) it wasn’t a poor performance by any means. We lacked the creativity of the PSG game, mainly down to the fact that Eriksen only played in the second half of the game. We dominated possession, had over double the amount of attempts on goal. Two vital decisions had a big impact on the game, the debatable penalty awarded to Roma, and the foul committed by Fazio on Kane in the box which wasn’t given as a penalty. The two performances that both impressed me the most last night were those of Spurs youngsters Anthony Georgiou and Harry Winks. The latter who is already an established member of our first team, showed no rustiness to his game despite it being only his second game since a long injury lay off. Winks was creative from the midfield, his deftly accurate passing creating many openings. The Englishman’s composure and decision making were also highly impressive, as to was his breaking up of play, I think Winks is going to play another massive part in Pochettino’s team this season.

20 year old winger Anthony Georgiou who made his debut last night, made a serious impression on the game, winning plaudits from many Spurs fans in the process. I have always been impressed with Georgiou’s excellent work ethic which was no different against the Serie A club. He’s always given 110% in all the youth games I’ve watched him in, and it was that hardworking attribute of his game which impressed so many last night. Playing on the left wing, Georgiou’s pace and high pressing caused the opposition a host of problems. But it was his hunger to get involved and tenacity down the left which made him make such an impression on the game, he wasn’t overwhelmed by the occasion, he rose to the challenge seizing his chance. He constantly took on Bruno Peres, constantly looking to create space. I’ve rated Georgiou for a long time now, and it was absolutely brilliant to see him make such a great impression on his first team debut, I’m hoping he’ll start against Man City on Saturday. We face fellow premier league club Manchester City on Saturday in our final game of the tour. COYS

Spurs (first half): Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters, Dier, Dembele, Onomah, Dele, Kane (c).

Spurs (second half): Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen (Wimmer 69), Davies, Dembele (Oakley-Boothe 69), Winks, Georgiou, Dele (Nkoudou 76), Eriksen, Kane (Janssen 76). Substitutes (not used): Wanyama, Whiteman, Brown, Austin, Dinzeyi, Miller.

AS Roma (first half): Alisson, Kolarov, Juan Jesus, Fazio, Peres, Nainggolan, De Rossi (c), Gerson, Defrel, Dzeko, Perotti.

AS Roma (second half): Alisson (Skorupski 63), Kolarov (Tumminello 63), Peres, Fazio (Moreno 63), Nainggolan (Castan 63), De Rossi (Pellegrini 63), Perotti (Iturbe 80), Dzeko (Gonalons 63), Manolas, Strootman, Under. Substitutes (not used): Romagnoli, Coly, Antonucci, Labont, Seck, Sadiq, Nura, El Shaarawy.

Goals: Spurs – Winks 87, Janssen 90+1; Roma – Perotti 13 (pen), Under 70, Tumminello 90+2.

Yellow cards: Roma – Kolarov 22; Spurs – Carter-Vickers 40.

Referee: Hilario Grajeda.

Spurs versus AS Roma: (match preview)

Spurs versus AS Roma: (match preview)

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Spurs play the second game of their US tour on Wednesday morning, in a game involving last years Serie A runners up AS Roma, the game takes place at the Red Bull Arena In New Jersey. Mauricio Pochettino’s side started their pre season in style with a 4-2 victory over PSG in Orlando on Sunday. Now Pochettino’s side will go head to head with some of Serie A’s finest players, Radja Nainggolan, Eden Dzeko and Kostas Manolas are just some of the top players that I Lupi (the wolves) have at their disposal. The wide rotation throughout our last game will likely take place again, and I’m hoping that it will see a couple more of the youngsters make their senior debuts, and whilst it may only be a friendly I am confident that Spurs will put in a good showing against the Italian side. 17 year old midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe put in a fine performance against PSG and could well feature again, I’m also hoping to see other academy players feature in what will be such an important game in their development. I’m also hoping to see Harry Winks get a good run out in the midfield. The game which takes place in the early hours of Wednesday morning (1am) will be shown live on premier sports. I will be providing a match report on tonight’s game, which will be yet another intriguing pre season encounter. COYS

My predicted team: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Georgiou, Wanyama, Winks, Onomah, Alli, Nkoudou, Janssen.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Dele Alli, Kane and Onomah.

One to watch: Roma’s versatile midfielder and Belgium international Radja Nainggolan.

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Tom Glover joins Central Coast Mariners on loan:

Tom Glover joins Central Coast Mariners on loan:

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Young Spurs goalkeeper Tom Glover (19) has joined Australian A league side Central Coast Mariners on loan till the end of the 2017/18 A League season, which begins in early October. I had been aware of rumours surrounding Glover’s loan to the mariners for well over a month, but I wanted to wait for it to be confirmed before writing anything. This loans presents Glover with a great opportunity, he’s a goalkeeper who I have high hopes for at Spurs, a mainstay in our under 23 squad last season, Glover is a confident young goalkeeper who’s expertise is in shot stopping. The Australian youth international joined us back in the summer of 2014 from Australian side Sutherland Sharks, on the recommendation of Spurs legend Pat Jennings. This is an exciting loan move for Glover, and i look forward to seeing how he progresses with the A league side, I wish Tom the very best of luck for his loan move.

Where are they now: (former academy player Johnnie Jackson)

Where are they now: (former academy player Johnnie Jackson)

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Back in 2004 Spurs youngster Johnnie Jackson was asked as part of a questionnaire on the official Spurs website,” what’s the best/worst thing about being famous”?Jackson replied, “I’m not famous”. Well it’s fair to say that over 13 years later, that the former Tottenham youngster is a well respected and well known footballer within the game. The 34 year old midfielder has gone on to play a big part for a number of football league clubs, but none more so than his current one Charlton Athletic. Where he is the addicks current club captain and player/coach, Jackson has gone onto become a club legend with the south London club during his seven year spell. Ironically it was at Charlton’s valley stadium where Jackson scored his only Spurs goal, back in the 2003/04 season. It was with our renowned academy set up where Jackson started his footballing career, joining us back in 1999. The highly rated central midfielder was considered a special talent with in our academy, and it wasn’t hard to see why with the midfielder captaining his country (England) at under 20 level. The midfield playmaker who featured heavily with in our youth sides and reserve team, went on to make 20 senior appearances for the lilywhites, scoring the one goal. The Versatile Jackson who could also operate at left wing back was a player not too dissimilar to Ryan Mason at the same age, skilful and technical, with an eye for goal Jackson was an exciting and highly rated prospect. After a series of loans, Jackson was subsequently released by Spurs in the summer of 2006, where he went on to sign for Colchester United.

Since his time with Colchester, Jackson has gone on to play for Notts county as well as his current club Charlton Athletic where he has gone on to become a household name. The Camden born player has gone on to establish himself as one of Charlton’s most important players since joining on a permanent basis back in 2010, the dynamic central midfielder also has a fine goal scoring record to his game. The former Spurs man has gone onto develop as a fine player within the football league, he has flourished with the league one club during his time with them. The former academy starlet is just one of many ex Spurs players who we can proudly claim as one of our own. I wish Johnnie the very best of luck in his new role for Charlton over the coming season as he continues his fine contribution to the club as both a fine player, and a coach of the future. Who knows he may even return to Spurs as a coach one day.

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Spurs versus PSG: (match preview)

Spurs versus PSG: (match preview)

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Our first official game of the 2017/18 season will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side prepare to face French club PSG in Orlando as part of their three game tour of the USA. A squad which includes a rich mixture of youth and experience, Spurs will go up against one of Europes finest sides in what will prove to be a fascinating first test of the season, after a long summer break. The game which takes place as part of the international champions cup, sees Spurs play their first of three games against some of Europes finest sides. Our game involving the Ligue 1 runners up in Orlando, takes place in the early hours of Sunday morning (kick off:1AM) with the game being shown live on premier sports. With seven young academy players called up to the squad, the team he picks in Orlando will be a very interesting one. As always substitutions will be happening throughout the game, which will give some of our youngsters their chance to make an impact. With players as good as Javier Pastore and Thiago Silva in their side, it would be a massive confidence boost were we to win over Unai Emery’s side. Of course it’s important for us to start off the pre season campaign with a positive result, but what I’m most looking forward to seeing is how our youngsters get on and where they’ll be played, will we see Georgiou or Brown play at left back and will see young Brandon Austin or Alfie Whiteman get a chance in between the sticks? Another player who I’m looking forward to seeing again is Nkoudou, who I reckon will have a big season ahead with Spurs. Either way, Spurs are officially back and I’m eager to see how we get on against potential champions league opposition. COYS

My piece on our seven youngsters called up: https://superhotspur.com/2017/07/19/some-background-information-on-the-youngsters-called-up-to-spurs-usa-tour/

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Trippier, Wanyama, Dembele, Georgiou, Alli, Eriksen, Janssen.

My predicted score line: 2-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Janssen and Dembele.

One to watch: PSG’s pacy Brazilian winger who scored 12 league goals last season, Lucas Moura will provide a tough challenge for whoever plays at left back.

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

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

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Our under 23’s put in an exceptional display on Friday evening as they defeated league two club Cambridge United 3-2 at their Abbey stadium, in a testimonial game for the U’s Josh Coulson. Wayne Burnett’s young side rose to the challenge, outplaying the far older team, leaving themselves in great stead ahead of next months Checkatrade trophy, in what was a brilliant collective team effort from the lilywhites. It was the homeside who started off the brighter in the opening minutes, trying to make the most of a mix up in the Spurs box, the man of the evening Josh Coulson powered an effort at goal only to see Shilow Tracey block it away from danger. Soon afterwards we found our rhythm, young wing back Keanan Bennett’s beating his man with sheer pace down the left before whipping a cross deep into the box which Harrison narrowly put over debutant David Forde’s crossbar. Then on 13 minutes Spurs took a surprise lead through striker Shayon Harrison after the referee awarded a penalty. Maghoma had launched a pass upfield which was brought down by Pritchard as he was brought to the floor on the edge of the box, the referee had no hesitations as he pointed to the spot. Harrison stepped up confidently as he sent Forde the wrong way to put Burnett’s side 1-0 up. Spurs were hungry for more shortly after the restart, with Harrison testing Forde from the edge of the box, whilst shortly afterwards Shilow Tracey saw his effort deflected on to the side netting. We were controlling the game, dictating the tempo throughout the pitch, we were also rock solid at the back with some commendable defending from both Maghoma and Eyoma. Our next chance saw goalscorer Shayon Harrison go desperately close to bagging his second of the game. Harrison chipping the former Millwall and Portsmouth goalkeeper, only to see his effort rebound off the post much to the relief of Forde.

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Our upper hand on the game continued to show and we should have doubled our lead five minutes from half time, after Shilow Tracey broke down the right wing before squaring for Pritchard in the box, but he’s side footed effort lacked power and was thus denied by a diving save from Forde. However, it wasn’t to matter as just a couple of minutes later we did double our lead through Shayon Harrison yet again, the 20 year old tapping home from close range, after Duncan got hold of possession outside the box before surging forward and laying it on a plate for Harrison to tap home, 2-0. De Bie made sure we went in to the break two goals ahead, as the Belgian punched clear a cross before then denying a rebound with a fine piece of goalkeeping to deny a Cambridge player. However, Spurs started the second half in the worst possible way conceding to the hosts after just seven minutes of play when Luke Berry got the better of Tanganga down the side of the box, before powering past De Bie from a couple of yards out, 2-1. We continued to control the game but weren’t creating many clear chances, and it almost cost us as Shaun Derry’s men came close to forcing an equaliser. When Tanganga was robbed of possession by a Cambridge forward who surged forward into the penalty area only to be stopped by the out rushing De Bie who bravely got down to make a fine stop.

Spurs continued to grow in confidence as the game progressed, going from strength to strength as Harrison netted his hat trick on 64 minutes to stun the 2,000 strong crowd. Substitute Samuel Shashoua who had a great impact on the game, passed to Roles inside the box, the Cypriot youth international hitting the ball across the face of the goal for Harrison to poach home to make it 3-1 to Spurs. Spurs were outplaying Cambridge, the surging Tracey unlucky not to make it four for Spurs as he’s close range effort was kept out by the goalkeeper. The newly introduced pairing of Loft and Sterling linking up well, as the former delivered a great pass into the box which Sterling latched on to, swivelling round before forcing a great reflex save out of the U’s keeper to somehow keep it at 3-1. For all our dominance, the home side were able to pull a goal back deep in stoppage time through powerful striker Uche Ikpeazu. After he got passed Tanganga in the box before cleverly lobbing De Bie to ensure a late consolation goal. It wasn’t to matter in the slightest, as Burnett’s side went on to record a hugely impressive 3-2 victory for which they can all be tremendously proud of, it may have been men against boys but our lads showed just how great a future they have, playing the Pochettino way to outplay the league two club.

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My man of the match: I could easily have given it to the whole team for a stunning collective performance but I’ve got to give it to hat trick hero Shayon Harrison who put in a magnificent performance up front. Clinical and assured, Harrison impressed in every aspect of his game, and his phenomenal goalscoring record continues to show why he’s got such a bright future in the game.

Player reviews:
– Jonathan De Bie: Impressive once again in between the sticks, brave and commanding, the 17 year old made a series of fine saves, whilst his distribution put us in a coupe of vulnerable situations. The Belgian youth international had a great game nonetheless.
– TJ Eyoma: Superb showing at right back from the 17 year old, very comfortable performance from the young Englishman, who made some brilliant challenges.
– Keanan Bennett’s: Second performance at wingback in less then a week, and the second time he’s put in an excellent display. Pacy, assured and influential in attack.
– Luke Amos: Industrious and workman like performance from the captain who was efficient and tidy for the entirety of his time on the pitch.
– Christian Maghoma: Magnificent performance from Maghoma at centre half, one of the best players on the pitch. Maghoma put in the complete defensive performance and didn’t put a foot wrong all night.
– Japhet Tanganga: Dominant performance from the 18 year old centre half, paired up excellently with Maghoma. And was very good in the air.
– Jack Roles: Bagged an assist for our third goal, Roles showed time and time again his ability to create space for himself inside the penalty area.
– Joe Pritchard: Tricky and smart performance from the midfielder who won the penalty for our opener.
– Shayon Harrison: Match winning performance from a young striker brimming with confidence.
– Dylan Duncan: One of our most important players throughout, Duncan probably had the biggest impact on the game, highly creative as he moved across the midfield. Duncan was like a young Fabregas as he roamed throughout the middle of the park, dictating play.
– Shilow Tracey: Powerful and influential performance from the winger who was on a mission to impress.
– Matt Lock: Impressive late cameo from the fullback, skilful and composed.
– Oliver Skipp: Assured and impressive cameo from the talented 16 year old anchorman.
– Samuel Shashoua: Changed the flow of the game since coming on, such an intelligent performance.
– Ryan Loft: Good hold up play and movement.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Looked very sharp when introduced, was unlucky not to score.

 

Cambridge United: Forde, Carroll, Taylor, Legge, Berry, Dunk, Ibehere, Osadebe, O’Neil, Coulson (c), trialist. Substitutes: Deegan, Mingoia, Ikpeazu, Azeez, Roberts, trialist (GK), Amoo, Elito, Davies, Darling, trialist.

Spurs U23s: De Bie, Eyoma (Lock 74), Bennetts, Amos (c, Skipp 79), C Maghoma, Tanganga, Roles (Sterling 70), Pritchard (S Shashoua 46), Harrison, Duncan, Tracey (Loft 70). Substitute (not used): Freeman (GK).

Goals: Cambridge United – Berry 52, Ikpeazu 90+2; Spurs – Harrison 13 (pen), 40, 64.

Referee: Chris Pollard.

Attendance: 2,188.