Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Everton: (match report)
Wayne Burnett’s development side took on Everton under 23’s on Sunday afternoon at Goodison park, just a day after our seniors beat the toffees at the same ground. However, our PL2 encounter with the blues was a much different affair to the one that occurred on Saturday, with Burnett’s side losing 4-1 to the current holders of the competition. David Unsworth’s Everton side, which included two overage players were quite unremarkable for significant parts of the game, but it was their strength both on and off the ball that saw off our battling side, despite all their best efforts. The much rotated Spurs side fell behind early on when Unsworth’s men took an early lead after a quiet opening 15 minutes. Welshman Gethin Jones found Kenny down the right flank, as the England under 21 international sent a fine cross into the box. Which was met by Everton’s tall 27 year old striker Baye Oumar Niasse who powered home at the far post, with a bullet header. Whilst the possession was fairly even, the game didn’t really open up following Everton’s opener. Spurs’ 16 year old right back Brooklyn Lyons-Foster made a vital block in the Spurs box to deny the blues, whilst Everton began to try and extend their lead. The pace of Lookman down the right flank was putting Spurs under pressure, as the home side kept hold of possession, the more physical side (Everton) were stopping Burnett’s team from creating meaningful chances, their defence being rock solid.
There were virtually no chances for Spurs up until Bennetts whipped a dangerous free kick into the Spurs box, which Tanganga headed over. Everton had successfully contained us, their intensity was greater than ours as they stifled any creativity we tried to produce. Unsworth’s side went into the interval the better side, in what had been quite a dull and uninspiring half of football. Newly introduced David Henen had the first effort at goal for the blues in the second half, the Belgians low drive into the penalty area, being cleared away by Amos. Then, there was a chance for Burnett’s side to show their attacking quality, our first real effort at goal coming after a well worked move. Which saw Pritchard cross to Georgiou down the right, the latter then teed the ball off to George Marsh on the edge of the penalty area, the midfielders effort curling just wide of Robles post. Soon afterwards, Luke Amos decided to have a pop at goal from 20 odd yards out, his shot flying inches wide of the goal. However, things all changed when Spurs’ skipper Joe Pritchard got a goal on his birthday to level for the lilywhites. After showing good composure in the penalty area, his goal bound effort beat Robles courtesy of a deflection, his third of the campaign. Spurs had barely finished celebrating, when Everton went for us at the other end. Niasse testing Whiteman with a thumping effort, the game was now anybody’s to win.
The lilywhites confidence from their leveller was shattered moments later, when the home side regained their lead in stunning style. It was a brilliant solo effort from Lookman, who cut inside from the right before powering an effort into the inside corner of Whiteman’s net. Leaving the 18 year old scrambling to get to it. Spurs tried to respond when substitute Shilow Tracey headed the ball down to Pritchard on the edge of the box, though his volleyed effort went astray. Tottenham were then dealt a further blow on 65 minutes when Senegal international Niasse made it 3-1 to the toffees. The prominent Jonjoe Kenny’s low cross was picked up by Niasse inside the box as he held the ball up for a second before holding off Maghoma, and slotting the ball home. Then, all in the space of just nine minutes the toffees put the game to bed, striker Niasse went on a powerful surging run from the centre of the park. Before playing through Henen down the right side of the penalty area, his low drive beating Whiteman to effectively end the game. We never really recovered our composure after conceding that fourth goal, the ball was sparsely down the Everton end barring a long range effort from Roles, which went high over the bar. Whilst another Spurs substitute in Jaden Brown saw the left back do well since coming on, as he tried to create a chance down the left flank. However, Unsworth’s side counter attacked us, their potent centre forward Niasse beating Maghoma for strength as he sprinted through on goal, with the goal at his mercy, he took too long. And Whiteman produced a fine stop to keep the score at 4-1.
Then, towards the dying stages of the game substitute Josh Bowler embarked on a brilliant jinking run down the right, as he cut inside before curling a fine effort onto the inside of Whiteman’s post, only to see it bounce clear. The final score Spurs under 23’s 1-4 Everton, a disappointing result for Burnett’s side but there can be no complaints who the better side were on the day, this is another good learning curve for the youngsters, who are at home to Swansea next Monday. COYS
My man of the match: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Impressed again on only his second under 23 match, he was calm and composed at right back. The 16 year old also made some great blocks. This is a massive step up for him.
– Alfie Whiteman: Made a couple of good saves on his second under 23 appearance of the season.
– Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Impressed again on only his second under 23 match, he was calm and composed at right back. The 16 year old also made some great blocks.
– Keanan Bennetts: Decent performance from Bennetts, was good going forward and delivering dangerous balls in, whilst he was also solid defensively.
– Luke Amos: As consistent and reliable as always in the centre of the park.
– Christian Maghoma: Him and Tanganga had a tough job dealing with the aerial threat of Niasse, but I felt he done a good job. Something I noticed that wouldn’t otherwise be picked up, was his noticeable encouragement to Lyons-Foster before and during the game, I’m sure that impacted on his fine display. Great leadership from the 19 year old.
– Japhet Tanganga: One of our best performers, very solid at the back, and good in the air.
– Samuel Shashoua: Nice and creative on the ball and hard working off it, though Shashoua was up against a top right back in Kenny down the left flank. And I felt that, that made it harder for him to do his usual skilful runs, such was the flawlessness of Kenny.
– George Marsh: Only his second start since injury, but Marsh impressed me in the midfield. Tidy and alert, made some good challenges.
– Ryan Loft: Didn’t get the service up front.
– Joe Pritchard: Another good display from the skipper going forward, grabbing his third goal of the campaign.
– Anthony Georgiou: Adapted well to playing on the right wing, worked hard and was always looking to create.
– Jaden Brown: Had a really positive impact on the game since coming on, very good going forward.
– Shilow Tracey: Brought a different dimension to the game at centre forward, pressed relentlessly.
– Jack Roles: Looked sharp, and made some incisive passes, I also noticed his awareness for getting into good goalscoring positions.
Everton: Robles, Kenny, Foulds (Henen 46), Baningime, Feeney (c), Gibson, Jones, Charsley (Bowler 85), Niasse, Adeniran (Evans 46), Lookman. Substitutes (not used): Hilton (GK), Sambou.
Spurs: Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Bennetts, Amos, C Maghoma, Tanganga, S Shashoua (Brown 66), Marsh (Roles 66), Loft (Tracey 56), Pritchard (c), Georgiou. Substitute (not used): De Bie (GK).
Goals: Everton – Niasse 6, 66, Lookman 60, Henen 69; Spurs – Pritchard 58.
Yellow cards: Everton – Baningime 41; Spurs – Bennetts 34, Marsh 52, Georgiou 70.