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

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


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



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