Spurs versus Huddersfield Town: (match preview)

Spurs versus Huddersfield Town: (match preview)

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The sixth of September 1972 was the last time that Spurs played Huddersfield, the match was a league cup second round tie which was played in front of just over 20,000 spectators at White Hart Lane. That particular game ended in a 2-1 victory for Spurs courtesy of goals from Alan Gilzean and Martin Chivers. Now, more than 40 years later and after a fairytale promotion to the premier league, Spurs travel to Yorkshire for tomorrows game to take on the newly promoted club. Huddersfield who are so far unbeaten at home (the John Smiths stadium) this season, produced a fairy tale return to the top flight of English football last season, through the brilliance of both their players and manager David Wagner. Tomorrows league game is our last match before a two week international break, so it’s imperative that Pochettino’s side get the three points against a well structured Huddersfield. We’ve won our last three games in all competitions, with our away form being nothing short of sensational. With players such as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli returning to the team, I’m hoping that our attacking prowess will prove too much for the terriers. Wagner has the Yorkshire club playing some fine attacking football, and one of the players at the heart of that is Huddersfield’s Australian midfielder and creative force within the side, Aaron Mooy. I’m optimistic for Saturdays big game, though Pochettino’s lads face a tough test, I’m hopeful that they’ll achieve their objective. COYS

Absentees for Huddersfield: Mounié, Quaner, Williams, Palmer, Stankovic.

Absentees for Spurs: Lamela, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) Lloris(c), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Walker-Peters, Dele, Eriksen, Kane.

My score prediction: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of a Harry Kane brace and a goal from Sissoko.

One to watch: Huddersfield’s influential and creative midfielder, Aaron Mooy.

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

 

IMG_3392.JPGScott Parker’s under 18 side travel to Reading’s Hogwood park training ground this Saturday, for a league encounter with the royals, kick off: 11:30am. The game will be our sides last match before a two week international break. I will be traveling to Finchampstead for Saturdays game to report on what I’m hoping will be a positive game for the young lillywhites. Parker’s side have had a mixed start to the season with three wins and three loses from their first six competitive fixtures. Meanwhile, Reading who done the double over us last season have started this campaign with six straight defeats, something which will only encourage our lads. This is after all a Spurs squad consisting of mostly first year scholars and their results and performances this season have been impressive. Despite Reading’s current winless streak they boast a top academy, one which saw them excel last season, qualifying for tier one of their merit group. I suspect this game will still come too soon for the injured Rayan Clarke as too is the case for 18 year old goalkeeper Charlie Freeman. I will be providing an in depth match report for Saturdays game, which will be up on Saturday evening. COYS

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

My score prediction: 2-1 to Spurs.

A dream debut for Spurs youngster Anthony Georgiou:

A dream debut for Spurs youngster Anthony Georgiou:

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“It feels amazing to make my debut and to do it in the Champions League as well is a dream come true really. It’s also nice to do it in Cyprus as I have a lot of family from here. It’s unbelievable! Everybody dreams of playing in the Champions League, it’s the biggest competition in club football, so it’s really a dream come true. It’s a proud moment for me and family.” (Anthony Georgiou)

A couple of weeks ago Spurs youngster Anthony Georgiou was playing in front of a couple of hundred enthusiastic spectators on a cold night in Stevenage, as Spurs’ development squad drew 2-2 with Swansea. Last night was a completely different matter for the promising 20 year old winger from Lewisham. Georgiou, who has represented Cyprus at youth level, came on as an 84th minute substitute to make his Spurs debut in the UEFA champions league, in a country which he has strong links to. You couldn’t have scripted it any better, Georgiou making his Spurs debut in front of hundreds of thousands of football fans across the planet. The 20 year old who missed the majority of last season with a knee injury, has fought back over pre season, highly impressing Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino who went on to include him in the first team squad that travelled to the USA in July. From there Georgiou has seized his opportunity, clearly impressing Pochettino with his performances on the training ground, so much so that he seems to be exclusively training with the senior squad since the beginning of the season. Only featuring in a handful of under 23 games, the left winger who joined Spurs’ academy as a 13 year old. Is one of the hardest workers on a football pitch that you’ll find. From my many years of seeing Georgiou play for Spurs across a variety of youth levels, what has struck me time and time again, is the endless amounts of energy he puts into games.

A creative left winger who can also slot in at wing back, Georgiou possesses blistering pace, (something that our squad lacks) a brilliant delivery and a work rate of the highest quality. He is the kind of impact player who as I’ve said before, could become a very useful option for Pochettino over the course of the season. Georgiou’s a confident player who isn’t afraid to take defenders on down the flank, something that impressed Spurs fans during the friendly with Roma in pre season. When, up against a quality right back in Bruno Peres, Georgiou impressed and seemed unfazed by the quality of the opposition. He becomes the ninth academy player to make their Spurs debut under Pochettino, a number which will only increase as the season progresses. My congratulations go to Anthony, on his first team debut for Spurs, the first of many more to come. COYS

Spurs 3-0 APOEL Nicosia: Some thoughts on the game

Spurs 3-0 APOEL Nicosia: Some thoughts on the game

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There was little time for Mauricio Pochettino to prepare his side for our important champions league group stage game with APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night. A pulsating derby day victory over West Ham on Saturday showed little signs of sapping our players energy for our trip to Cyprus. It was on a warm September evening in the Cypriot capital Nicosia where Spurs would continue their fine start to this seasons champions league campaign. Following on from last Saturdays hard fought victory over West Ham which was made much harder by Serge Aurier’s second half seconding off, Pochettino had just the seven first team absentees for last night’s game. However, he got his tactics spot on last night against a fine APOEL side. A side for which Pochettino highlighted pre match, the importance of not underestimating APOEL, a side who have a rich history in European competition. The much rotated Spurs side which saw players such as Moussa Sissoko and Son come into the team. Battled out a closely knit first half, which saw few clear cut chances come the Lilywhites way. In fact, it was the home side who came the closer of the two sides to finding the lead, Belgian Igor De Camargo’s fierce strike rattling Lloris’ crossbar on 19 minutes as Spurs escaped an early scare. The home team tested Spurs on a couple more occasions as they continued to impress going forward.

However, a slightly concerning lack of chances for Spurs was to be resolved on the stroke of half time. When man of the moment Harry Kane latched on to Alderweireld’s superb long pass, before calmly slotting the ball past Waterman, to eradicate those early Spurs worries. It was a much smoother second half for Tottenham barring a crucial reflex save from Lloris to stop the hosts getting an equaliser shortly after the interval. Kane got his and Spurs’ second of the game shortly after the hour mark to reassure the Spurs faithful. Kane clinically converting from Sissoko’s cross to double our advantage. We confirmed our victory soon afterwards when that man Harry Kane scored the perfect hat trick to head home Trippier’s pin point cross to cap off a remarkable team move, to ensure a vital three points. Pochettino’s side had dug deep and got that all important victory in fine fashion last night, it’s even more impressive when you consider the numerous key players that were all absent. Regardless of our key absentees, I thought we done a fine job at the GSP stadium, the players worked well as a team to create the goals we craved, they were focused and got the job done.

There were quite a few performances that caught my eye last night. But none more so than that of Mr.Harry Edward Kane who once again proved why he is one of the world’s very best. Kane was brilliant against APOEL, he was driven, determined and incredibly clinical in front of goal. Without waxing lyrical, he was just perfect last night he carried the team. Other performances which impressed me were those of Harry Winks who dominated the midfield with his guile and neat passing. I also thought Moussa Sissoko done a fine job, he attacked with real intent, was creative and held the ball up well. An all round brilliant night for Spurs, who face Huddersfield away on Saturday. Will that be a spectacular 7th consecutive away win? COYS

 

Spurs under 23’s 2-4 Liverpool: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-4 Liverpool: (match report)

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“At 4-2 down we never stopped competing, never stopped running and never stopped working. We had three or four decent chances, with about 10 minutes to go we had an excellent chance, could have made it 4-3 and then anything can happened but the players kept going which we expect, although we just fell a little bit short today with our decision-making with and without the ball.” (Wayne Burnett)

Our under 23’s played out a highly entertaining contest with PL2 table toppers Liverpool on Friday night, as Wayne Burnett’s side fell to a 4-2 defeat against the Reds at Anfield. Though it was a disappointing result for the team, I left Anfield proud of our teams performance and work rate. Neil Critchley’s Liverpool oozed class, they were like watching Jurgen Klopp’s senior team. They had an array of attacking talent which pushed us to the limits, they were incisive in their passing and devastating on the counter attack, it was certainly no disgrace to lose to a side who’ve won their first six league games of the season. Burnett’s team were resilient as they fought back from a two goal deficit, to make it 2-2 against a possession based Liverpool side, who controlled the second half. Proceedings got off in the worst possible way for Burnett’s side, when an attacking reds side opened the scoring inside just 30 seconds. Spurs were desperately unlucky to fall behind so early on after Maghoma’s header unfortunately came to Wilson inside the box, the Welshman sending a looping header at goal which dipped over Austin, 0-1. Burnett’s side fell under the cosh as Liverpool’s attacking exploits tested the youngsters resolve, two important interceptions by Tanganga inside the first 5 minutes, stopping Liverpool from extending their lead. A dangerous free kick from Pritchard followed at the other end, as his effort flew straight into the palms of Kelleher, as Spurs struggled to get a grasp on a Liverpool side who oozed attacking quality and panache.

Welsh international Ben Woodburn flashed an effort across the face of Austin’s goal, as the reds went in search of goal number two. Shortly afterwards, potent striker Rhian Brewster went close after being played through on goal. The centre forwards first attempt was thwarted by Austin, with the young Brewster’s follow up somehow slicing wide of the goal, as Spurs escaped a two goal deficit. Critchley’s rampant Liverpool side were not lowering their tempo, and on 16 minutes they were rewarded for their early efforts. Spurs were dealt a further blow as Wilson bagged his second of the game. After Markovic embarked on a powerful surging run, the Serbian held the ball up inside the penalty area before teeing off Wilson, who slotted clinically inside the far corner of the net, Burnett’s side were totally under the cosh. In a positive turn of events, Spurs’ first meaningful attack gifted them a way back into the game, after Kazaiah Sterling was brought down inside the box by Jones, as the referee pointed to the spot. Edwards confidently stood up to take, as his penalty curled into the top corner, a great penalty, taken with such composure. This was becoming a really enthralling game, as Spurs carved their way back into the flow of it. And we were unlucky not to have been given a second penalty soon after our first, after Edwards who received a pass from Duncan inside the area was brought down, my first instincts were penalty, but the referee wasn’t to follow up as he waved play on. Despite our resurgence, Liverpool remained in control of the game. Brewster embarking on a weaving run down the left side of the box as he managed to get past Maghoma before squaring to Wilson. Whose effort was deflected wide for a Liverpool corner. Marko Grujic’s powerful effort at goal was vitally blocked by Tanganga, as the reds looked to restore the two goal cushion.

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Brewster almost made it three for the home side after he got on the end of a cross inside the area, only to smash the ball off of Austin’s crossbar. A slight scuffle between the two sets of players after George Marsh was fouled shortly after his introduction, disrupted the game for a couple of minutes, as Tanganga was booked for his part. Then in a most remarkable turn of events, a resurgent Spurs side drew level. After prominent winger Keanan Bennetts worked his way into the box, the ball eventually came to Maghoma who showed the composure of a top centre forward, to superbly curl it into the top corner of Kelleher’s net, the centre halves second goal of the season. Spurs were bombarding the home side, as Spurs looked to end a dramatic half on a high. Maghoma forced a close range stop out of Kellleher, then seconds later Bennetts played through Sterling down the left side of the area, his powerful effort being well saved by Kelleher. Spurs were playing brilliantly, as they pressurised Liverpool into making errors, though Liverpool were still dangerous on the break. Woodburn’s long drive failed to test Austin minutes earlier, but it was Critchley’s side who would retain their lead at the end of a pulsating first half. Liverpool attacked us with real ferocity, as the brilliant Harry Wilson claimed his hat trick. The Welshman receiving Woodburn’s lay off on the edge of the area, Wilson cut inside before beating Austin with a low curling effort, 2-3.

The second half started well for the reds who almost extended their lead on 48 minutes, when Woodburn’s powerful low effort was only denied, because of an outstanding reflex save from Austin to thwart the 17 year olds seemingly certain goal. However, Liverpool were to succeed when Rhian Brewster made it 4-2 to the reds on 50 minutes. Lloyd Jones’ brilliant long ball was met by Brewster inside the area, as the youngster sent a delicious lob over Austin to cap off an admirable piece of play from the home side. Even though Liverpool were dominating possession Spurs were maintaining their high pressing game as they looked to get back into the game. They went close after Edwards surging forward run, ended in the forward slipping in Sterling inside the box. However, the centre forwards effort from a tight angle was lashed over Kelleher’s crossbar. Liverpool were playing wonderful attacking football which continued to see them go close. Woodburn’s long range effort going narrowly wide on the hour mark, as Burnett’s lads struggled to contain a rampant and relentless Liverpool side, who just wanted to play fast attacking football. Spurs did respond however, Edwards going on a brilliant run down the right, which ended with a low shot from Marsh being comfortably gathered by Kelleher.

Then, on 70 minutes Pritchard lashed over from long range as Spurs struggled to threaten an in control Liverpool side. Burnett’s team were then given a scare, after Austin rushed out to clear the ball. Austin’s clearance came to hat trick hero Wilson who almost caught him out with a dipping effort. Spurs continued to look for a route back into the game, Edwards slotting through Sterling inside the Liverpool box, as the youngsters powerful effort forced another fine save out of Kelleher. Burnett was frantically urging his team to attack as the game neared an end, the rain lashing down. And Spurs ended the game solid at the back, as a late flurry of chances were halted by Spurs’ defence. Dhanda’s dangerous free kick was easily held by Austin minutes before, Ejaria’s promising cross was flicked inches over the crossbar by Brewster. An important late block by Christian Maghoma to stop Wilsons late effort meant the game ended in a deserved 4-2 victory for Critchley’s side. However, Burnett’s battling side can hold their heads high after putting in a commendable performance against a very good Liverpool side. COYS

Player reviews:
– Brandon Austin: Couldn’t of done anything about goals, made some fine stops including a stunning reflex save in the second half.
– TJ Eyoma: Had a decent game at right back, was solid defensively.
– Christian Maghoma: I thought Maghoma and Tanganga had really positive games last night, yes four goals may have been conceded. But none of which were as a result of the centre halves. Maghoma was brilliant in the air, but he was also very efficient in his tackling at the back. Took his goal as well as Harry Kane would have.
– Japhet Tanganga: Had a very good game, impressed me yet again. Solid and composed in his play, made some really important blocks, and his positioning was also very good.
– Jaden Brown: Efficient and hardworking at left back, good shift.
– Luke Amos: Effective and tidy in the middle of the park.
– Dylan Duncan: Did a fine job, but was forced off early on through injury.
– Marcus Edwards: Did very well on occasions down the right, went on some brilliant runs and created numerous chances for Sterling. Despatched his penalty with real class.
– Joe Pritchard: Played deeper against Liverpool, the skipper had a good game. Won a lot of balls in the midfield.
– George Marsh: Added steel to the game, did his defensive duty very well.
– Keanan Bennetts: A player who has come on leaps and bounds over the past year. Bennetts put in a great performance on the left wing. He looked dangerous every time he had the ball at his feet, had the Liverpool defenders sweating, with his creative forays into the penalty area, had a big influence in Maghoma’s goal. Very influential!
– Kazaiah Sterling: Can be very proud of his performance at Anfield, he may not have got on the scoresheet. But Sterling put in a fine performance. Made some really good runs, pressed Kelleher really high throughout the game. And won us a penalty, I rate Sterling very highly.
– Shilow Tracey: Pressed high, had a positive effect on the game from the bench.
– Samuel Shashoua: Despite it being a short cameo, Shashoua showed his creative talent, with good movement on and off the ball. He also embarked on numerous take ons.

My man of the match: Keanan Bennetts. Even though he was substituted on the hour mark, I felt Bennetts was our most influential player during the game. A player who has come on leaps on bounds over the past year. Bennetts put in a great performance on the left wing. He looked dangerous every time he had the ball at his feet, had the Liverpool defenders sweating, with his creative forays into the penalty area, had a big influence in Maghoma’s goal. Very influential!

Liverpool: Kelleher, Virtue, Whelan (c), Phillips, Jones, Grujic, Wilson, Woodburn (Dhanda 79), Brewster, Ejaria, Markovic (Brannagan 63). Substitutes (not used): Masterson, Johnston, Atherton (GK).

Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Brown, Amos, C Maghoma, Tanganga, Edwards, Duncan (Marsh 28), Sterling, Pritchard (c, S Shashoua 74), Bennetts (Tracey 61). Substitutes (not used): Loft, Whiteman (GK).

Goals: Liverpool – Wilson 1, 16, 44, Brewster 50; Spurs – Edwards 20 (pen), Maghoma 35.

Yellow cards: Liverpool – Brewster 34, Phillips 54, Wilson 81; Spurs – Tanganga 33, Amos 52.

Referee: Daniel Middleton.

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Aston Villa: (match preview)

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Scott Parker’s under 18 side return to league action tomorrow afternoon, when they host Aston Villa at Hotspur way. Looking to make it three wins on the trot, Parker’s side will be looking to carry on their momentum in to tomorrows encounter against the villains. Unfortunately I won’t be able to report on tomorrows game, due to being up in Liverpool for our under 23’s match. Though there should be a match report up on the official site on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what the team will look like for the game, taking into consideration our under 19’s trip to Cyprus for the UEFA youth league in midweek. A couple of pieces of team news: I noticed that winger Rayan Clarke who is currently injured, was involved in over half an hours light training before last Saturdays win at Leicester, I doubt he’ll return for tomorrow. In addition, I believe that 17 year old goalkeeper Charlie Freeman is also injured. COYS

My predicted lineup: De Bie(c), Lock, Lyons-Foster, Dinzeyi, Reynolds, P.Maghoma, Bowden, P.Patterson, A.Shashoua, Markanday, Griffiths.

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs.

Spurs versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs versus West Ham United: (match preview)

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After three home games, Spurs are back on the road again on Saturday, when Pochettino’s side travel to east London for an important London Derby against rivals West Ham United. After finding out we’ll be facing the Hammers again, in the fourth round of the Carabao cup, Pochettino will be hoping his side set the tone with a league victory at the weekend. This fixture last season, saw Spurs’ feint title hopes dashed when the Slavan Bilic’s side beat Spurs 1-0, in what was one of the most disappointing days of an other wise brilliant campaign. The rivalry between these two clubs has grown somewhat in recent seasons, seeing some of the most dramatic Spurs’ games of recent times. Paul Stalteri’s late winner in a 4-3 victory at the old Boleyn ground, and a late stunner from Bale back in 2013, just two that come to mind. Results and performances have been mostly impressive from our lads of recent, superb displays against Dortmund followed by uninspiring stalemates with Swansea though, still suggesting that Pochettino’s new look side hasn’t yet clicked. Of course all fans know that victory over the hammers is imperative, but with a champions league tie away to Apoel Nicosia in midweek, it may prove a tad tricky for Pochettino to play the same team for both encounters. Despite, West Ham’s poor start to the season they’ve shown some consistency from recent games, with a draw and two victories from their last three games.

Bilic is a top manager who has his side very well structured, it will certainly be a tough task to break them down tomorrow. However, its their potent and dynamic front three consisting of Antonio, Hernandez and Carroll which will provide their main goal threat. I’m anticipating a tough and closely knit game tomorrow afternoon, but as always I’m feeling confident, that Pochettino’s side can record their first win at the London stadium. COYS

Absentees: Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela, Danny Rose.

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

My score prediction: 3-1 to Spurs, courtesy of a brace from Harry Kane and and a goal from Sanchez.

One to watch: West Ham’s powerful winger Michael Antonio, who is a real threat inside the penalty area.

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

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

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Date: Friday 22 September, kick off- 19:00pm
Venue: Anfield
Head2Heads: 3-2 Liverpool, 6-2 Liverpool.

Wayne Burnett’s development side have little time to ponder what might have been after their 2-2 draw with Swansea on Monday. His side will be making their second trip up to Merseyside in less then a month, as our under 23’s face table toppers Liverpool at their world renowned Anfield stadium on Friday evening. This PL2 game is arguably Spurs’ toughest test of the season yet, the reds have won their first five league matches. Neil Critchley’s side who boast talents such as English striker Rhian Brewster, highly skilful winger Harry Wilson and midfielder Cameron Branagan. Have arguably the better under 23 side. However, Burnett’s side have already proved they can compete against very good sides on quite a few occasions already this season, and I’m sure our encounter with Liverpool will be no different. This game comes on the back of a highly competitive 2-2 draw with Swansea early in the week, whilst just under two weeks ago we were beaten 4-1 by fellow Liverpool club, Everton. Last seasons meeting which was also played at Anfield, was a most intriguing game. Spurs took a two goal lead with in the first half, before being pegged back by a very strong Liverpool side and eventually losing 3-2, this will be my fourth trip to Liverpool in less than a year to see Spurs, the last three have all ended in defeat.

As far as injuries are concerned, I’m none the wiser on whether Shayon Harrison is nearing a return. Playing under the lights at Anfield is a special occasion for any player, but all the more so for a youth player, this will provide an excellent learning curve for the young Spurs lads. As always, I will be writing an in depth match report. Which will be published on Friday night. A quick note, Liverpool TV don’t seem to be showing this game, due to the fact that the reds under 18’s are playing Everton at the same time. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, C.Maghoma, Tanganga, Brown, Skipp, Duncan, S.Shashoua, Pritchard(c), Georgiou, Sterling.

My score prediction: 3-3.

One to watch: Liverpool’s tricky Welsh winger Harry Wilson, the Welsh international has a great scoring record against Spurs over recent seasons.

Spurs 1-0 Barnsley: some thoughts on the game…

Spurs 1-0 Barnsley: some thoughts on the game…

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Spurs booked their place in round four of the Carabao cup last night, with a 1-0 victory over Barnsley at Wembley. It may not have been a memorable occasion for those at the game, but it doesn’t matter in the slightest. As Pochettino’s second string side have achieved the win that we needed, and for that I am grateful. Though Spurs had the majority of possession throughout the game, they lacked creativity in the final third, and Barnsley’s tenacious defending made it harder for us to find the back of the net. Pochettino’s side passed the ball around well, a golden chance for Llorente to head home unmarked from a resulting corner kick, saw the new signing rise too early as his header flew over the crossbar on 26 minutes. A chance for Barnsley’s Ike Ugbo forced Vorm into making an important save at the beginning of the second half, the game was far from an easy win, as the Tykes gave us a couple of scares in front of goal. As Pochettino’s sides frustration grew, so did the anxiety of Spurs’ fans on the terraces. However, the razor sharp instincts of Dele Alli were to ease those worries.

When the England international scored what would prove to be the winner on 65 minutes, after some good work down the right side of the penalty area by Trippier. The fullback provided a pullback inside the area, which the aware Alli raced to, to calmly slot home. It was a pretty uneventful end to the game, as both sides went in search of goals at either end. But it wasn’t to matter how flowing or entertaining our football was, as Pochettino’s side had achieved their aim of getting into round four, where they’ll find out their opposition after Man United’s game with Burton this evening. Next up for Pochettino’s lads is a visit to the London stadium on Saturday, as Spurs face a tough and important London derby against West Ham. I was paticulary impressed with the performances of Juan Foyth and Walker-Peters last night. Foyth on his debut, put in a confident and composed display at centre half, and looked very solid and conformable. Whilst Walker-Peters done a superbly efficent job at left back. Special mention goes to young Tashan Oakley-Boothe (17) who became the first millenial to feature for Spurs, last night! COYS

 

Spurs versus Barnsley:(match preview)

Spurs versus Barnsley:(match preview)

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Date: Tuesday 19 September, kick off: 8:00 pm.
Venue: Wembley stadium
Referee: Tim Robinson
Previous meeting: Spurs 1-0 Barnsley (1999)

I want our lads to go out and try and win this seasons Carabao cup which starts for us this evening with the visit of championship club Barnsley to the national stadium. Regardless of how strong a side Pochettino fields for the early stages of the competition. I vividly remember the disappointment I felt last October, sitting in the Anfield away end, as a youthful and inexperienced Spurs side crashed out of the cup to the Reds in a 2-1 defeat. Pochettino clearly expressed his intentions about the competition at yesterday’s press conference at Hotspur way. You can’t argue with his prioritisation of the premier and Champions league, but my view is that the supporters as well as the club as a whole, are hungry for silverware, and this competition provides the most realistic place where we can achieve that. Enough of my views, this evenings opponents Barnsley who are managed by Paul Heckingbottom, are expected to bring 3,000 fans down to London for the match. The tykes are a club who we haven’t faced since the late 1990’s when a memorable David Ginola goal stole the show. The Yorkshire club, who play their football in the championship, have achieved a lot on a small budget since their return to the second tier. Barnsley have a talented young side who have some great up and coming prospects on their books. Two of them are loanees Harvey Barnes (Leicester) and Ike Ugbo (Chelsea) who incidentally both caused our youth teams great bother last season. Barnes is a tricky winger, whilst Ugbo is one of England finest striking prospects. Though, the tykes most potent player is probably Welsh centre forward Tom Bradshaw who holds a good scoring record for them.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of our youngsters that I have watched for years, get their debut tonight. But I’m also mindful of the fact that we must respect our opposition who beat Morecambe and Derby on route to this tie. I’ve a good feeling about this game. COYS

Absentees: Lamela, Wanyama, Rose.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Vorm(c),Walker-Peters, Dier, Foyth, Bennetts, Winks, Oakley-Boothe, Sissoko, Alli, Nkoudou, Llorente.

Youngsters on the bench (my prediction): Dylan Duncan.

My predicted score line: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of a brace from Llorente, a goal from Alli and one from Walker-Peters!

One to watch: Barnsley’s on loan Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo, a player that our youth
teams will know very, very well.