Spurs under 23’s 7-2 West Ham United: (match report)
It’s fair to say that our under 23’s will be pleased at the way they started off their Premier league international cup campaign last night, as a rampant Spurs side thrashed London rivals West Ham 7-2, at the Lamex stadium in what was a fairly unique game of football. Which saw nine goals scored, four penalties given and a spectacular team performance from Burnett’s side to carry on the momentum of last Fridays 3-0 victory over Man United at the same stadium. It was a much changed starting 11 for both sides since our recent meeting, with both teams having a whole group of players away on international duty, there was a first under 23 appearance for 16 year old Spurs defender Brooklyn Lyons-Foster at the back. There was a bit of a slow start to the game, but that all changed on 11 minutes. When our captain Joe Pritchard whipped a fine ball into the box from the resulting corner kick, his cross was met by the rising Maghoma whose bullet header darted into the top corner of Bishop’s net, an excellent header. And Burnett’s side weren’t stopping there, a mere two minutes later they doubled their advantage courtesy of an incisive attacking move which was finished off by Sterling. Winger Shilow Tracey powered down the right flank before slipping the ball through to the advancing Sterling, who calmly slotted the ball past Bishop to make it 2-0, a well measured finish.
The frantic start to game continued just minutes later when the hammers went on an attacking run of their own at the other end. Hector-Ingram had wrong footed Maghoma on the turn inside the penalty area, and the referee had no problem pointing to the spot. However, Whiteman produced a fantastic diving save to keep out Joe Powell’s fiercely struck effort. Our attacking onslaught continued down the other end as Spurs pushed for more, Pritchard’s slightly over hit through ball was chased down by Sterling, but Bishop smothered the ball low down which then rolled out for a corner kick. The visitors were rarely threatening down our end, with the exception of a powerful strike from a West Ham forward which was easily gathered by Whiteman. Just when it seemed like the game was in our hands, Spurs conceded another penalty. After Whiteman tripped Hector-Ingram after a sloppy touch. Anthony Scully fired the ball in to the bottom corner of the net, to give a route back into the game for Terry Westley’s side. It was a more even game since their goal, Pritchard who was the main source of Spurs’ creativity, picked out Georgiou down the left side of the penalty area, the pacy winger powered a low effort inches wide of Bishops left hand post.
The hammers then threatened at the other end when Alex Pike sent a dangerous cross into the Spurs box, which one of the West Ham players blasted over the bar, from close range. The skipper (Joe Pritchard) was again the creator moments later when Spurs broke away at the other end, he threaded a perfectly measured through ball on to Sterling who was one on one with Bishop, but the Spurs striker hit a wayward effort narrowly wide of the post. Spurs deservedly led at the break in what was still a fairly open and highly competitive game. The second period started well for Spurs whose attacking intensity showed no signs of slowing down, Georgiou went on a surging run down the left flank but his following effort was deflected wide by a hammers defender. But it didn’t take long for Spurs to find their third, Sterling done well to back heel a pass to Pritchard who was rushing forward inside the box, he rifled an effort underneath the body of Bishop to regain our two goal cushion. Spurs were taking control of the game, the action was all inside the West Ham half. A seemingly disjointed West Ham side were dealt a further blow seven minutes later, when our lads made it 4-1! Tracey burst down the right wing before cutting the ball back to Shashoua inside the box, the forward calmly despatched his chance with a curling effort that nestled inside the top corner, 4-1.
The hammers then saw their first chance of the half when right back Alex Pike lashed an effort over the crossbar, at Whiteman’s near post. However, it was all too easy for Burnett’s side who further cemented their lead just after the hour mark. Shashoua turned creator when he picked out Sterling with an incisive through ball down the left side, Sterling clinically drove the ball home to get his second of the game and third of the season. It was all Spurs, as the young lilywhites totally dominated precedings, and our sixth of the game soon followed when a player who had been outstanding all game in the centre of the park got on the scoresheet. Pritchard got his second assist of the game as he passed to Duncan who darted down the right before powerfully slotting the ball across into the inside of Bishop’s net, a really well taken goal. Our goalscoring rout continued three minutes later when Samuel Shashoua scored a wonderful solo goal. Shashoua embarked on a mazy forward run as he ran across the West Ham area before curling a sublime effort into the bottom corner of Bishop’s goal, 7-1! Shashoua then hit a dangerous cross across the face of the goal minutes later as we went in search of goal number eight. Ten minutes from time substitute Matt Lock fouled Nathan Holland in the area, resulting in penalty number three of the game. Substitute Antonio Martinez stood up to take it but yet again Whiteman produced a great save to thwart the Spaniards powerful effort. Then in a most surreal chain of events, West Ham were awarded penalty number four of the game 30 seconds later.
Young Spurs defender Lyons-Foster was harshly adjudged to have fouled a hammers player inside the penalty area. This time Martinez stepped up to power his effort home despite the best efforts of Whiteman who got a touch of the ball. The superb Kazaiah Sterling had a late goal ruled out for offside, as Spurs went on to record a magnificent 7-2 victory over the visitors. Burnett’s side are in action again next Sunday when they face Everton in the PL2. COYS
Player reviews: – Alfie Whiteman: Brilliant performance from Whiteman who made a string of fine saves, he saved the two penalties with two outstanding saves!
– George Marsh: Done well in his first start since injury, a solid and prominent part of our back three.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Superb debut for the 16 year old who was equally as impressive for our under 18’s last weekend. The full back slotted in perfectly to the back three, Lyons-Foster was composed and precise in his defending. He made some really important blocks/challenges, very impressive debut.
– Luke Amos: Industrious display, had a really good defensive impact on the game with his constant pressing.
– Christian Maghoma: Another impressive performance from the 19 year old centre half who got his first goal of the season last night. Maghoma was solid at the back, dominant in the air and played the ball out well from the back.
– Dylan Duncan: Dylan Duncan was the anchor man with in the midfield, the versatile midfielder was everywhere. He covered so much ground, making some really important interceptions. Duncan also made a real impact going forward and was deserving of his fine goal. Altogether, an excellent all round performance from the talented 18 year old.
– Samuel Shashoua: First start of the season and he certainly seized his opportunity, he flourished going forward, changed the game in the second half with his superb display.
– Shilow Tracey: Influential down the right flank, created two goals.
– Kazaiah Sterling: Outstanding up front, decisive in front of goal, and made some brilliant forward runs.
– Anthony Georgiou: Sharp down the left flank, Georgiou had a really good game. He was confident and influential through the many searing runs he made down the left wing.
– Joe Pritchard: One of the star performers, Pritchard continued his excellent start to the season last night with a goal and two assists.
My man of the match: This was an incredibly hard one to call as there were so many outstanding performances on the night. But I’m going to give it to a player who contributed to the more under appreciated aspects of the game. Dylan Duncan was the anchor man with in the midfield, the versatile midfielder was everywhere. He covered so much ground, making some really important interceptions. Duncan also made a real impact going forward and was deserving of his fine goal. Altogether, an excellent all round performance from the talented 18 year old.
Spurs: Whiteman, Marsh (Lock 69), Lyons-Foster, Amos, C Maghoma, Duncan, S Shashoua (Tsaroulla 83), Tracey (Loft 69), Sterling, Georgiou, Pritchard (c). Substitute (not used): Austin (GK).
West Ham: Bishop, Pike, Neufville, Makasi (c), Akinola, Wells, Powell (Holland 65), Sylvestre (Henry 74), Hector-Ingram, Scully (Martinez 65), Diangana. Substitute (not used): Forde (GK), De Rosa, Hannam Belic.
Goals: Spurs – C Maghoma 11, Sterling 13, 63, Pritchard 52, S Shashoua 59, 68,
Duncan 65; West Ham – Scully 28 (pen), Martinez (pen) 81.
Referee: Alan Young.