Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Date: Thursday 31 August, kick off: 19:00pm
Venue: The Lamex stadium
Head2Heads: 3-2 West Ham.

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We may be in the middle of an international break, whilst Spurs fans will be engrossed in all the latest news on incomings with the transfer window reaching its climax tomorrow night. However, my focus tomorrow evening will be solely on our under 23 side who have an important game against West Ham at the Lamex stadium. The match kicks off one of three group games for Wayne Burnetts side in this seasons Premier League international cup, which will also see us face Benfica B and Villarreal B later on in the year. This competition which we competed in during the 2015/16 season, gives our young side the opportunity to test themselves against a host of Europes finest youth sides, whilst also trying to win some silverware in the process. Our encounter against Terry Westley’s side comes just under two weeks after our PL2 game against them, which saw the hammers narrowly beat us 3-2 at our training centre. Both sides will look noticeably different for this cup tie, due to international call ups. I’m excited to see what the team sheet will read for what promises to be an intriguing match. My in depth match report will be published late on Thursday night. COYS

My match report of our last meeting: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/22/spurs-under-23s-2-3-west-ham-united-match-report/

Team news: Due to the current international break Burnetts team will look very different to the one that thrashed Man United 3-0 on Friday evening. There’s a whole host of development squad players who are away on international duty for various international youth sides, the following of which are listed. England: Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Jaden Brown, TJ Eyoma, Keanan Bennetts, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Marcus Edwards. Belgium: Jonathan De Bie. Cyprus: Jack Roles. Whilst George Marsh has returned to the squad, I would be surprised to see Nick Tsaroulla be involved tomorrow (presumably due to injury). Hopefully 19 year old centre half Christian Maghoma will return to action against the hammers, his presence will be vital in dealing with their potent striker Antonio Martinez. I’m also hoping to see talented winger Samuel Shashoua get his first start of the season down the right flank.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Hinds, Dinzeyi, C.Maghoma, Georgiou, Duncan, Amos, S.Shashoua, Pritchard(C), Miller, Sterling.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs.

One to watch: West Ham’s tricky winger Nathan Holland, Holland stood out during our last encounter with West Ham, he was prominent down the left wing, and scored a peach of a goal late on.

Spurs under 23/21’s statistics 2016/17:

Top scorers: Sterling- 1
Loft-1
Duncan-1
Edwards-2
Tanganga-1
Pritchard-1

Assists: Skipp-1
Miller-1
Pritchard-2
Edwards-1
Tracey-1
Eyoma-1

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Spurs versus Burnley: (match preview)

Spurs versus Burnley: (match preview)

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Date: Sunday 27th August, kick off: 16:00pm
Venue: Wembley stadium
Head2Heads: 2-1 Spurs, 2-0.

With a two week international break approaching, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side will be desperate to put their Wembley woes behind them, when they face Burnley this afternoon. Our lads face Sean Dyche’s defence minded Burnley side on the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea last Sunday. We may only be three games into the league campaign but getting a victory over Burnley this afternoon is of the utmost importance, and in doing so Spurs can build the confidence they so desperately need at the national stadium. The visitors cannot be undermined ahead of today’s clash, their a well structured and rigid outfit, who despite operating on a small budget. Have mustered together a really good side. Pochettino’s side will have to be wary of the threat posed by target man Sam Vokes and Burnley’s record signing Chris Wood who could make his full debut. However, there is one big positive to take into today’s game and that’s that Burnley only managed to win one away game last season, lets hope our home advantage counts! COYS

Spurs absentees: Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Nkoudou.

Burnley absentees: Jon Walters, Dean Marney.

Burnley doubts: Jeff Hendrick.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.

My score prediction: 2-0 to Spurs courtesy of a brace from Harry Kane!

One to watch: A player I know well, Irish winger Robbie Brady will provide a real threat down the wing. The former Man United man’s excellent crossing and searing pace, will be of bother for our lads.

Spurs under 18’s 0-1 Brighton: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 0-1 Brighton: (match report)

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Our under 18’s succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Brighton earlier today, in the sweltering heat at Hotspur Way. As Scott Parker’s side were caught out by a late Brighton goal, in a game where the visitors had stifled Spurs’ attacking style of play. It was a bitter blow for the young lilywhites, in a match that the lads deserved to pick up a point from. It was our lads who were the more creative early on, eight minutes in to proceedings, Patterson played a pass through to Hinds down the left, the fullback testing the Brighton keeper Tom McGill with a thumping effort. Then, soon afterwards Reynolds slipped Griffiths through on goal down the left side, the striker forcing a good reflex save out of McGill. Despite all our early possession, the seagulls looked dangerous on the break, their first notable effort on goal coming round the 20 minute mark when one of their players nodded the ball over the crossbar, from the resulting corner kick. There were few clear cut chances for either side as Brightons rigid defence looked to stop us playing that quick passing, attacking football. Midfielder Jamie Reynolds had a decent effort on goal, when he fired narrowly wide from distance. Then Spurs created a fine move when Griffiths and Hinds linked up inside the Brighton box, with the latter scooping the ball up to Griffiths whose volleyed effort was well saved at McGill’s near post.

Then as half time beckoned, the visitors took a hold of the game as they went on to create a series of good chances. Firstly, when Teddy Hoare’s well crafted free kick was curled on to the far post. Then moments later Ryan Longman went close for Buckman’s side when his effort at goal, dashed narrowly wide of the post. The seagulls had finished what had been a fairly dull half, as the better side though Spurs had created some good moves of their own. Parker’s lads started the second half positively, Markanday went on a brilliant run down the right before whipping a cross into the box, which was inches away from being converted by the in rushing Griffiths. The young winger was the creator again moments later, when his cross caused a bit of a goalmouth scramble as Griffiths looked to turn it home, but the ball came back to Markanday who forced a good close range save out of McGill, it was becoming an incredibly frustrating game for Spurs. The seagulls meanwhile, still looked potent up front. As proved by Danny Cashman, whose classy bicycle kick flew just wide of De Bie’s post. And the visitors continued their attacking onslaught moments later, when Alex Cochrane latched on to a cross inside the Spurs penalty area before spinning round, and curling his effort against the post.

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Despite, the attacking advances of both sides the game fell flat for large periods in what was at times a very tiresome game with little end product. However, as the game entered the latter stages a piece of brilliance from Markanday almost won it for Spurs. The nimble footed winger done well to cut inside from the left before curling an excellent effort at goal with so little to aim at, his dipping effort cannoned off the crossbar. It looked as if the game heading for a fairly deserved stalemate, as Spurs continued to push forward. A brilliant run from Lock only ended in one of his own players getting in the way. Whilst at the other end De Bie was called in to action, as the Belgian made a fine stop to deny a header from Brightons Kazukolovas. Despite the teams hard work, Spurs were dealt a bitter blow in stoppage time. When the visitors snatched a last gasp winner from a set piece. Kazukolovas cushioned the ball down to Tariq Shihab who fired past De Bie, leaving the Brighton players jumping for joy. A good one on one save was produced by De Bie minutes later to ensure the final score stayed 1-0 to Brighton. A disappointing afternoon for Scott Parker’s team who now have a two week international break before their next fixture away to Southampton. COYS

 

Player reviews: – Jonathan De Bie: Not called into action an awful lot, made a couple of fine saves when needed. Very impressed with his commanding leadership from the back.
– Matt Lock: Had a fine game at right back especially in the second half. Lock’s creativity and awareness down the right were both impressive. Whilst the youngster whose similar to KWP in style, went on a brilliant solo run towards the end of the game.
– Tariq Hinds: Very good performance from the versatile fullback, solid and well timed throughout. Also, embarked on some good runs down the left flank.
– Jamie Bowden: Another impressive showing from the defensive midfielder, very neat and tidy in his passing. But he also made many fine interceptions, he was tenacious in his play.
– Moroyin Omolabi: Teamed up well with Lyons-Foster at centre half, very good in the air and managed to snuff out danger on multiple occasions, with his intelligent defending.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: I was very impressed with the England youth international today. Though a full back by trade, the 16 year old adapted really well to his new role. Very composed, and played the ball out well from the back with some good passes and some important interceptions.
– Dilan Markanday: One of Spurs’ star performers, the skilful left winger was one of the main creators. Very astute player, Markanday makes up for his lack of pace with intelligent moves down the left. His superb effort late on was unlucky not to have won us the game.
– Jamie Reynolds: Prior to going off injured in the second half, Reynolds posed a real attacking threat from the centre of the park. Went on some good surging runs from the middle.
– Reo Griffiths: As hard working as always, the striker created some good pockets of space and held the ball up well but couldn’t convert.
– Armando Shashoua: The number 10 must have covered more ground than any one else on the pitch, such was his excellent pressing. Really like the look of A.Shashoua and I’m sure the goals and assists will come in the near future.
– Phoenix Patterson: Prominent across the pitch, the young winger roamed across the front line and was one of Spurs’ main sources of creativity.
– Paris Maghoma: I thought he made a great impression on the game since coming on, had a real attacking influence on it with his surging forward runs and attacking intent. Also, demonstrated excellent close ball control. I really like his style of play.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. One of Spurs’ star performers, the skilful left winger was one of the main creators. Very astute player, Markanday makes up for his lack of pace with intelligent moves down the left. His superb effort late on was unlucky not to have won us the game. Really impressive performance.

Spurs U18s: De Bie (c), Lock, Hinds, Bowden, Omolabi, Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Reynolds (P Maghoma 69), Griffiths (Richards 76), A Shashoua, Patterson (Mukendi 82). Substitutes (not used): Statham, Oluwayemi (GK).

Spurs under 23’s 3-0 Manchester United: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 3-0 Manchester United: (match report)

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Our under 23 side were at times breathtaking on Friday evening, as Wayne Burnett’s side recorded a hugely impressive 3-0 victory over Manchester United at the Lamex stadium, a stadium that they have performed well in over the last few seasons. Ricky Sbragia’s united squad which contained first teamer Luke Shaw, along with experienced youth players Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay, were outplayed by Burnett’s team throughout the game. Who, with their fluid passing and attacking flair, recorded a comprehensive victory over the visitors, in what was a brilliant team performance. Watched on by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino in the stands, Burnett’s side started the game well inside the opening minutes, passing the ball around well and with creative intent. However, it was Sbragia’s side who had the first effort on goal when a long range effort from defender Ethan Hamilton was easily gathered by Austin in the Spurs nets. Spurs continued to keep a hold of possession, and they had an early chance moments later when a good move between Edwards and Pritchard ended in the latter sending a dangerous cross into the area, which was subsequently cleared by a United defender. Though, less then a minute later Spurs took the lead courtesy of a sumptuous effort from Marcus Edwards. It was a stunning strike from the Spurs prodigy, as he wriggled away from a United player before curling a wonderful effort into the top left hand corner of Richardson’s net, through the eye of a needle. Spurs soon capitalised on their early lead as they continued to go forward, then just minutes later Spurs made it 2-0! It was the perfect start from the team.

Joe Pritchard’s whipped corner was met well by the rising Tanganga, who powered a header into the goal 2-0, the lads were playing brilliant football. Our fluent passing continued to see us break down the United defence, a great pass by Skipp on 17 minutes picked out Bennetts down the left, but the full backs delivery was whipped across the face of the United goal. Burnett’s side were controlling the game they weren’t giving the Red Devil’s a sniff of a chance in front of goal, such was the superb defending of our back four. Things got even better for Spurs on 25 minutes when Spurs made it 3-0, after Eyoma passed through to Pritchard down the right, the midfielder showed good composure as he slid the ball under Richardson to make it three for Spurs, as the Spurs fans roared with delight. The youngsters were playing wonderful and decisive attacking football, whilst still controlling the game with a rock solid defence at the other end. They weren’t content with just three, as Spurs looked to strengthen their lead before half time, a free kick from Pritchard sailed over the cross bar ten minutes from time. Before, at the other end Hamilton tested Austin with a low effort but the Spurs keeper easily gathered. Then Sbragia’s side showed their potency, as they broke down the left flank before crossing, but their strikers effort was sliced well wide. It was a late attacking onslaught from United, who then whipped in a dangerous cross, which was palmed away well by Austin.

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Spurs started the second half with the same attacking intensity, and just minutes in they should have made it four. Sterling threaded through a nice ball to Tracey, who took a touch before seeing the keeper flinch, and then hitting an effort narrowly wide of the post. Tracey again went close soon after, when he dragged an effort inches wide of the left post, Spurs were continuing to play that attractive attacking football against a struggling United side. Spurs were soon reminded of the danger the visitors still posed, when young Oliver Skipp was robbed of possession outside the Spurs box, but a fine save from Austin prevented United clawing a goal back. A highly eventful opening five minutes then saw the talented Edwards go on an Aguero like run on the edge of the United box, before hitting a side footed effort narrowly wide. Spurs’ continued hold of the game saw more chances come their way, the impressive Luke Amos glancing Eyoma’s cross narrowly wide of goal. But Spurs had to be alert at the other end as their fine defending continued to deny the visitors, a notably brave block by Brown stopped a powerful United attempt. A somewhat resurgent Man United then nodded a cross, across Austin’s goal. And the Spurs keeper was busy in the remaining minutes as he was forced into making a good save shortly afterwards. But the pick of the saves came 14 minutes from time, when a brilliant reflex save kept out Boonen’s header at the back post. The last clear cut chance of the game also happened down the Spurs end, when Olosunde’s effort ricocheted off of Austin’s near post. The final score, a superb 3-0 victory for Wayne Burnett’s men as an excellent performance sees Spurs get their first win of the campaign. COYS

Player reviews: – Brandon Austin: Top performance from the Spurs keeper, excellent all round. Made some brilliant reflex saves.
– TJ Eyoma: Superb down the right dealt well with the pace of Shaw, very solid performance.
– Keanan Bennetts: Terrific shift at left back, brilliant going forward and creating. Whilst also getting back and winning important challenges.
– Oliver Skipp: I’m running out of superlatives to describe this starlets brilliant performances in the midfield. Once again superb both with his tackling, and creative passing, Dembelesque at times. Leadership off the ball also very impressive.
– Jaden Brown: Top performance at centre half, was very solid. Made some heroic challenges/blocks.
– Japhet Tanganga: One of the best players on the park and that’s saying something. Outstanding at the back, excellent positioning and some top challenges. Also, was excellent in the air, and even got a goal!
– Marcus Edwards: Great performance from a very special talent, so influential on the ball made some lovely runs. And scored a fantastic goal.
– Joe Pritchard: The Spurs skipper was my man of the match for the positive attacking influence he had on the game. Was great going forward and getting into good spaces, also showed a good range of passing. Got an all important goal and assist. Has an excellent work ethic!
– Kazaiah Sterling: Really good shift up front, worked really hard and lead the attack well. Done everything but score.
– Luke Amos: Made his return from injury in style, with an industrious and tidy midfield display.
– Shilow Tracey: Good attacking performance down the right, unlucky not to score.
– Dylan Duncan: Nice tidy and composed shift at midfield.
– Ryan Loft: Made some good powerful runs during his cameo.
– Samuel Shashoua: Only a fleeting cameo, but he really worked hard, and pressed the opposition well.

My man of the match: Joe Pritchard. The Spurs skipper was my man of the match for the positive attacking influence he had on the game. Was great going forward and getting into good spaces, also showed a good range of passing. Got an all important goal and assist. Has an excellent work ethic!

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Brown, Tanganga, Edwards, Pritchard (c), Sterling (Loft 78), Amos (Duncan 63), Tracey (S Shashoua 77). Substitutes (not used): Marsh, O’Reilly (GK).

Manchester United: Richardson, Olosunde, Shaw, Warren, Tuanzebe, Hamilton, Boulii, McTominay (c), Wilson (Buffonge 78), Boonen, Mitchell. Substitutes (not used): Sang, Whelan, Scott, M Johnstone (GK).
Goals: Spurs – Edwards 11, Tanganga 12, Pritchard 25.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Pritchard 59, Amos 61, Skipp 83; Manchester United – Shaw 87.

Referee: Daniel Middleton.

Attendance: 1,193.

Spurs under 18’s versus Brighton and Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Brighton and Hove Albion: (match preview)

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It’s another busy weekend of football for Spurs across all levels, as our under 18’s are in action tomorrow morning, after our under 23’s game against Man United on Friday night. Scott Parker’s side take on the seagulls under 18’s at 11:30am tomorrow morning, at our Hotspur Way training ground. Parker’s team come in to the game on the back of a 4-2 defeat suffered at Leicester last Saturday, though we did manage to start the season off with a thumping 4-0 victory over Norwich at the training ground. Meanwhile, our opponents who are managed by Ian Buckman, have started the season in fine fashion with victories over West Ham and Norwich respectively. Our under 18’s beat Brighton 4-0 in the reverse fixture last season with goals from S.Shashoua x2, Tanganga and Duncan being enough on that day. I’m hoping to get to see some more of our first year scholars in action tomorrow. I will be reporting on tomorrows game, and will be doing an in depth match report. The lineup for the game will be dependent on which scholars are involved in this evenings under 23 game, hence the inclusion of Oliver Skipp and TJ Eyoma is very slim. COYS

My predicted lineup: De Bie (C), Lyons-Foster, Dinzeyi, Statham, Hinds, Markanday, P.Maghoma, Bowden, P.Patterson, A.Shashoua, Griffiths.

Statistics 2017/18: Under 18 Goals: Griffiths-3
P.Patterson 1
Dilan Markanday- 1
Bowden- 1

Assists: P.patterson- 1
Bowden-1

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester United: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester United: (match preview)

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Date: Friday 25 August, kick off: 7pm
Venue: The Lamex stadium
Head2Heads: 3-2 Man united, 1-1.

Our under 23’s are in action again tomorrow evening, as Wayne Burnett’s side go in search of their first points of the PL2 season, with a home game against Manchester United in Stevenage. Ricky Sbragia’s side are the visitors for our first game at the stadium of this campaign. Burnett’s side come in to this game on the back of a bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat to West Ham earlier in the week, but they have the chance to make amends in front of a fairly big Spurs crowd. When both these teams met last season, the two games were incredibly closely thought affairs. And I’m expecting more of the same when Spurs go toe to toe with the Red Devil’s on Friday evening. Sbragia’s side have started the season well, with a 1-0 victory over Leicester and a 1-1 draw with Swansea on Monday. Scott Mctominay, former Brentford forward Joshua Bohui and centre half Axel Tuanzebe are all standout players, if involved. As always I will be in attendance for tomorrows game, and shall be providing an in depth match report, here’s hoping for our first win of the campaign. COYS

Team news: I’m purely guessing when I put new signing Paulo Gazzaniga in my predicted starting 11, I just wouldn’t be surprised to see the 25 year old get a half or so, so as to build up his match fitness. I’ve no idea whether centre half Christian Maghoma, Shayon Harrison or Luke Amos will return from injury. However, I’d be surprised to see the injured George Marsh or Nick Tsaroulla feature. It will be intriguing to see whether goalkeeper Luke O’Reily (on trial) will feature on the bench again.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Gazzaniga, Eyoma, Maghoma, Tanganga, Brown, Duncan, Skipp, Shashoua, Pritchard (C), Edwards, Sterling.

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs.

One to watch: Young united forward and former Brentford academy player, Joshua Bohui.

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Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

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England announced some of their youth squads for the upcoming international break today, and unsurprisingly it included a fair few of our lads, including some new additions.

England under 18’s: Three of our youngsters were named in Steve Cooper’s under 18 side for their two friendlies against Brazil and South Africa next month. The two matches are in preparation for the upcoming under 17 World Cup, Cooper’s squad includes talented Spurs right back TJ Eyoma (17) who has been a mainstay in the under 23’s side this season, as well as rising Spurs star and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. There’s also a new name in Cooper’s squad, as 16 year old Spurs starlet Oliver Skipp makes the squad, the deep lying midfielder has enjoyed a sensational start to the season, already becoming a pivotal figure in Wayne Burnetts development side. Here’s a recent piece I wrote on this immensely talented player: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/13/a-piece-on-oliver-skipps-remarkable-performance-against-sunderland-under-23s/

England under 19’s: Paul Simpson’s under 19 squad who have two friendly matches involving Poland and Germany next month, also included a trio of Spurs players. Tenacious centre half Japhet Tanganga who was a part of the England under 20 squad which won the Toulon tournament over the summer is included. In addition, talented left back Jaden Brown is also an inclusion. And there’s a first under 19 call up for Spurs winger Keanan Bennetts. Bennetts enjoyed an excellent pre season with our development squad, as well as an impressive start to the under 23 season, he is thoroughly deserving of his call up. Here’s a recent article I wrote on the pacy winger: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/11/keanan-bennetts-one-to-watch/ Meanwhile, talented Spurs winger Samuel Shashoua is very unlucky to miss out on the squad, Shashoua enjoyed a phenomenal season last campaign.

England under 20’s: Talented Spurs forward Marcus Edwards is the sole Spurs inclusion in Keith Downing’s under 20 squad, for their upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Switzerland with the latter taking place in Switzerland. I thought I’d also mention that Spurs under 16’s defender Luis Binks who has represented Scotland in the past, was part of England’s under 17 side for their match with Italy earlier in the week.

England under 21’s: Senior squad members Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters both make the step up to Aidy Boothroyd’s under 21 squad for their friendly against the Netherlands and then their Euro under 21 qualifier against Latvia next Tuesday. The two Spurs starlets who were members of the victorious England under 20 squad over the summer have had really promising starts to their season, Onomah at his loan club Aston Villa, and Walker-Peters at the lilywhites where he recently made his first team debut. I would like to send my congratulations to all of our youngsters on their call ups!

 

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 West Ham united: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-3 West Ham united: (match report)

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Our under 23’s first home game of the campaign ended in a narrow 3-2 defeat against West Ham at Hotspur Way, in an exciting end to end London derby on Monday. I’m still trying to fathom how Wayne Burnetts side didn’t get something out of Monday lunchtimes PL2 match, such was their fine team display and deserving performance, the lads deserved a point at the very least. But after a weekend which saw our under 18’s and senior squad squad lose after valiant performances, our luck was absent again for yesterday’s encounter, which was a fiercely contested match. It wasn’t long before the game saw its first chance, after Spurs gave possession away on the edge of the penalty area, Samuelsen (I believe) ran through on goal before forcing a decent stop out of Austin at his near post. Then on ten minutes Spurs went close at the other end, when Edwards who’d sent a dangerous cross into the box moments earlier, played the ball through to Tracey with the resulting throw in. The makeshift striker getting past his man, before powering a shot inches wide of Trott’s post. Spurs continued their intensity on the game as Burnetts side went in search of the opener, a good team move started off by Skipp in the midfield, who passed to Edwards before jinking past a couple of players, he then played through Tracey inside the box. The number 9 only being denied via a superb sliding challenge by Olatunji Akinola. It was an incredibly even game as West Ham striker Antonio Martinez proved just moments later at the other end. The former Valencia man got past Brown before thumping an effort at goal, but Austin was there to thwart his effort with a fine stop.

Neither side was taking a hold of the game as both teams battled it out for possession, young Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp was a prominent and influential force in the middle of the park, creating from deep, and making some crucial challenges. However, Burnetts team broke the deadlock on 34 minutes when Dylan Duncan capped off a fine Spurs move with the opener. The influential Will Miller drove forward down the left flank, after receiving an incisive pass by Skipp. The former Leyton Orient youngster, crossing for Tracey who done well to hold the ball up in the penalty area, before teeing it off for Duncan whose deflected low effort beat Trott, to make it 1-0. Since taking the lead Spurs had gathered real momentum going forward, a deflected effort from Edwards went wide shortly after. Then, just over 10 minutes after taking the lead, Spurs doubled their advantage over the hammers, when Marcus Edwards gave the lilywhites a two goal cushion. The nimble footed winger was brought down in the West Ham penalty area by Akinola, with the referee instantly awarding a penalty for Spurs. Edwards stepped up to calmly send Trott the wrong way, 2-0. Things were going brilliantly for Spurs as they looked to expose a West Ham side that seemed to have lost its composure, we almost made it three on the stroke of half time. When Bennetts produced a wonderful piece of skill down the left, as he beat two men before whipping in a sumptuous cross into the box, which Tracey was inches away from converting.

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Moments into the second half, Spurs had a golden chance to put the game to bed when the skipper Joe Pritchard broke through on goal, slotting his effort narrowly wide. Terry Westley’s side threatened soon after, when one of their defenders headed an effort across goal from the resulting corner. Then moments later Burnetts side was dealt a real blow, when the hammers clawed one back through winger Dan Kemp. Neufville sent a teasing cross in from the left, and Kemp was their to tap home causing a disastrous start for Spurs. West Ham were really going for it, they’d really upped their game, a brilliant challenge by Spurs centre half Tanganga soon afterwards, stopped a sure equaliser. We were looking vulnerable as the hammers burst forward down the flanks looking for that equaliser, potent target man Martinez heading narrowly wide of Austins goal after getting on the end of a cross, Westley’s side were putting us under real pressure. The inevitable then occurred on 56 minutes when West Ham deservedly drew level courtesy of a stunner from Nathan Holland. The former Everton youngster who had impressed throughout the game, cut inside from the left from around 20 yards out. Before unleashing a brilliant curler which nestled inside the top corner of Austin’s net, you knew it was in the moment it left his boot. It was a proper London Derby, crunching challenges were being made by both sides as they went in search of snatching a winner, it was impossible to predict what way it would go. Spurs responded by really going for the game (losing their composure a bit in doing so) Tracey sent a wide ball to Edwards who took it down on the edge of the area before firing over.

Then it was the hammers who went close, Martinez’s effort on goal being brilliantly blocked by Tanganga on the line, though he injured Austin in the process. West Ham’s sustained pressure paid off just after the hour mark, when Josh Pask put the east London club ahead. Spurs had gone close at the opposite end notably through Pritchard, but it was West Ham who scored what proved to be the winner. When, Pask volleyed home Akinola’s cross from six yards out, leaving Austin stationary in the Spurs goal, 3-2. Burnetts side continued to attack well despite letting slip a two goal lead, Edwards playing a nice ball through to Tracey who outmuscled the West Ham defender before testing Trott with a thumping effort at his near post. The newly introduced Samuel Shashoua and Ryan Loft added fresh legs to Spurs’ team. They frantically went in search of an equaliser as the rain poured down, our best chance of all coming deep into stoppage time. The substitute, Loft whipped a dangerous cross in to the area, Skipp went diving in as he tried to bundle it over the line, but a West Ham defender got there in the nick of time to clear it, at which point I was celebrating thinking we had scored! West Ham went on to counter attack, Holland raced through on goal down the left but his weak effort was easily gathered by Austin. A pulsating but ultimately unrewarding game for the lads, as West Ham went on to record a victory. Despite playing some great football, Burnetts side will be bitterly disappointed to lose out against West Ham, it was just one of those weekends for Spurs. Our under 23’s host Manchester United at Stevenage on Friday.

My man of the match: It seems to be a recurring theme that I’m awarding Oliver Skipp with man of the match yet again this season. Absolutely superb performance from the young man, he was instrumental in creating chances from deep, but yet again it was his impeccable positioning, pressing off the opposition, and guile that made it such an impressive performance from the 16 year old starlet, I can’t sing his praises highly enough!

Player reviews: – Brandon Austin: Made some fine stops, had a good performance. None of the goals were of any fault of his own.
– TJ Eyoma: Strong defensive performance like much of our defence despite the result. Looked assured down the right flank, made some fine challenges.
– Keanan Bennetts: Brilliant going forward, felt it was a bit of a shame he wasn’t playing on the wing though.
– Oliver Skipp: It seems to be a recurring theme that I’m awarding Oliver Skipp with man of the match yet again this season. Absolutely superb performance from the young man, he was instrumental in creating chances from deep, but yet again it was his impeccable positioning, pressing off the opposition, and guile that made it such an impressive performance from the 16 year old starlet, I can’t sing his praises highly enough!
– Japhet Tanganga: You wouldn’t think it after we’d conceded 3 goals, but Tanganga was superb at the back. His timing and the quality of his challenges prevented more goals going West Ham’s way.
– Jaden Brown: Filled in well at centre half, made some fine blocks and interceptions.
– Marcus Edwards: Impressive down the right, done well to get his goal.
– Dylan Duncan: Impressive, well taken goal.
– Samuel Shashoua: Exciting cameo. Hoping he starts the Man united game.
– Shilow Tracey: Lead the line well, pressed and created Duncan’s goal.
– Joe Pritchard: The skipper done well, was a real threat going forward.
– Will Miller: Really creative down the flanks.

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Tanganga, Brown, Edwards, Duncan (S Shashoua 72), Tracey (Sterling 79), Pritchard (c), Miller (Loft 58). Substitutes (not used): Dinzeyi, O’Reilly (GK).

West Ham: Trott, Pike, Neufville, Makasi (c), Akinola, Pask, Kemp (Hector-Ingram 84), Powell (Sylvestre 58), Martinez, Samuelsen (Diangana 46), Holland. Substitutes (not used): Scully, Matrevics (GK).

Goals: Spurs – Duncan 33, Edwards 44 (pen); West Ham – Kemp 49, Holland 56, Pask 63.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Skipp 74; West Ham – Martinez 70.

Referee: David Rock.

 

Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

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Wayne Burnett’s development side play their first home game of the PL2 season later today when they host London rivals West Ham at the training centre (kick off:12pm). After a positive 2-2 draw with Luton town in the Checkatrade trophy in midweek, I’m expecting Burnett to make a few alterations to that side for tomorrows game. This could see Luke Amos and Shayon Harrison return from injury, whilst it could also mean game time for Georgiou and Carter-Vickers considering its at the training centre. It will be a stern test for the lads as they come up against Terry Westley’s side which includes players such as skilful Norwegian forward Martin Samuelsen and promising striker Toni Martinez. Though I’m expecting a tough game for the youngsters in what will be an interesting match, I’m optimistic for our chances of registering our first win of the season. Both 18 year olds Japhet Tanganga and Jack Roles have been linked to loans with league 2 club Exeter, it will be interesting to see if either feature tomorrow. As always, I will be in attendance for tomorrows game and will be providing an in depth match report. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, Carter-Vickers, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos(C), Shashoua, Harrison, Georgiou, Sterling.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs.

One to watch: The hammers young forward and former Valencia player, Toni Martinez.

Some thoughts on our defeat to Chelsea:

Some thoughts on our defeat to Chelsea:

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As I walked down Wembley walk way, for our first home game of the season (at our interim ground) I had high hopes that we’d put our poor record at the national stadium behind us, with a victory over league champions and bitter rivals Chelsea this afternoon. Despite our 68% ball possession, and our domination of the game which saw us (in my opinion) look the better side for the most part. It just wasn’t to be our day, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side succumbed to a Marcos Alonso brace in what was a cruel 2-1 defeat for our lads. It was always pivotal to start our first game at Wembley off with a positive result, so as to boost our confidence, and the performance from the team was anything but negative, it was just a bitterly disappointing result for the fans to stomach after having been the better team for the majority of the game. It was a great atmosphere in the ground, the Spurs supporters waiving their flags buoyantly as the players took to the field, with last Sunday’s victory over Newcastle still fresh in the mind. The blues may have lacked in creativity for periods of the game, but they gave us a real fright early on. When an unmarked Morata from with in the box, nodded wide Azpilicueta’s cross inside the first few minutes of the game, to the surprise of all who expected him to put Chelsea ahead. That was one of few times Chelsea really threatened inside the first half, (barring their goal) as our lads attacked the blues defence persistently. Our 13 attempts on goal justifying our dominance inside the first 45, we looked confident in our play as we looked to break down a strong Chelsea back three. There was shades of our FA cup semifinal defeat to them back in April, about their first goal of the game. As full back Marcos Alonso gave them the lead out of nothing. As the Spanish international curled a brilliant free kick on the edge of the Spurs box, into the top corner of Lloris’s net leaving our captain helpless.

Our new look side which saw three in the midfield, reacted very well to Chelsea’s opener. The lilywhites continued to dominate possession, creating a host of fine chances including one for Kane, who fired against the inside of Courtois’s post, going into the interval the Spurs players were left pondering how despite all their possession and attacking quality, had they found themselves a goal down! Our luck didn’t improve in the second half, we continued creating chances, notably Eriksen’s fine effort on goal shortly after the restart. But it was that decisiveness in front of goal which was just giving the visitors the edge. What we really craved was pace, our side desperately lacked in it. Had we have had someone with pace who could beat a couple of players down the flank (like Wilfred Zaha) I think it would have been a completely different scoreline, especially with the vast space of the Wembley pitch. I’m really hoping we sign that type of player before the window closes, though I also would like to see pace be injected down the flanks via that of promising academy wingers Anthony Georgiou and Keanan Bennetts. As Pochettino’s side went desperately in search of the equaliser, there were warning signs from Conte’s men when Willian fired an effort against the post on 74 minutes.

Then just as the game was nearing an end, a huge slice of luck drew us level. Chelsea substitute Michy Batshuayi heading the ball in to his own net from Eriksen’s free kick, sending the Spurs fans into delirium. Playing Chelsea at Wembley in recent years has rarely ended well, and just five minutes after Spurs’ equaliser, the west London club stunned the Spurs fans with a cruel late winner. It was that man again Marcos Alonso who fired past Lloris down the left, to put a sad end to our first home game of the season in a game which so easily could have gone the other way. A bitterly disappointing result for the lads, this quote from captain Hugo Lloris epitomises the game perfectly: “I’m very disappointed with the result, obviously, but in terms of the performance, what else can we do? It was a great performance.” Chelsea were very good in areas, though I still think we looked the better side, the magnificence of David Luiz in the midfield and the excellence of Alonso down the left ensured a disappointing introduction to life at Wembley. There’s plenty of positives and encouragement to take from today’s game, and I’m already looking forward to our encounter with Burnley next Sunday. COYS