Spurs under 23’s 1-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 1-1 Leicester City: (match report)

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Our under 23’s returned to action on Friday afternoon with a 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the training centre, in what was a fair result for both sides. There were good passages of play from both sides notably in the second half for Spurs, but neither side really stamped their authority on the game even though there were few clear cut chances, the foxes were solid from the offing, and overall Burnett will be happy that his side picked up a valuable point. It was Burnett’s side who had the first real chance of the game, with the Spurs players looking sharp in their play. Marcus Edwards well weighted through ball put Sterling through on goal, though the striker couldn’t quite control it as Max Bramley smothered the ball. Then, on nine minutes Leicester had a golden chance at the other end when George Thomas’ promising cross into the area was mistakenly headed into the path of Choudhury by Maghoma. The midfielder looked destined to score, though his low header from only a few yards out went a fraction wide of the post. Sam Hughes’ deflected effort soon afterwards was easily gathered by Whiteman, as Leicester enjoyed a bright spell. Edwards made another good run just before 20 minutes, when he fed the ball through to Sterling inside the penalty area, the strikers effort was blocked by Bramley before rebounding back off Sterling and then being cleared on the line.

Spurs were trying to open up a rigid Leicester defence often by using the flanks, Shashoua’s effort was a fine example of this. When he went on a jinking run from the left before firing over Bramley’s crossbar. A great surging run from Bennetts down the left followed, as Spurs continued to look for the opener. It was a really solid defensive display from both sides as chances were limited mainly to set pieces, Tanganga and Maghoma were really impressing at the back for Spurs. The prominent Samuel Shashoua went close again shortly after the half hour mark, when he took the ball down well before forcing Bramley into making a comfortable save. Neither side had asserted their authority on the game as half time grew closer. However, the deadlock was to be broken on 35 minutes, when defender Sam Hughes rose the highest to power home Connor Woods cross into the top corner of the net. Oliver Skipp made a brilliant late block to deny a Leicester player, as Spurs went into the interval 1-0 down. In the beginning of the second half, the game was really lacking that bit of creativity. Leicester’s Sherif hit an effort over the bar from long range, as Leicester looked to settle down. Then followed a moment of controversy when (in my opinion) a penalty should have been awarded to Spurs. It came about after Edwards whipped a pacy free kick into the area, with Tanganga seemingly certain to get a head on it at the far post were he not having his shirt pulled with such force by a Leicester defender, it was a tricky one for the referee and the linesman, as Tanganga’s protests went in vein.

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A somewhat scrappy game was turned on its head on 65 minutes after Spurs drew level through the tireless Samuel Shashoua. The lively Marcus Edwards played Shashoua through on goal with a nice pass, from a tight angle Shashoua’s effort was parried by Bramley with the follow up being fired home form Shashoua, 1-1. A shift in possession followed as Spurs started to dominate proceedings, Spurs going close on a couple of occasions. First through a corner, which was headed goal bound by Tanganga only to be blocked back into the feet of Sterling, Leicester scrambling the ball clear. Then, the creative Shashoua clipped in a wonderful cross into the area from the left, which was poked goal wards by Sterling who was only to be denied by a spectacular Bramley save. A rejuvenated Spurs team continued to push, Harrison testing Bramley with a good low strike as Leicester were on the defensive. A late half chance for the foxes followed, when Josh Eppiah went on a long surging run down the left before letting fly, his effort was easily gathered by Whiteman. The final score was a fair one, 1-1. Spurs have a London Derby to look forward to next week when they host Arsenal at the training centre. COYS

Player reviews:
– Alfie Whiteman: Had a fine game, looked solid and composed.
– George Marsh: A terrific performance from the 18 year old at right back, Marsh was really commanding putting in a great defensive shift.
– Christian Maghoma: Rock solid in defence along side Tanganga.
– Japhet Tanganga: Magnificent performance from Tanganga today, his overall defending was superb. From the blocks he made to his positioning he was tremendous, his long passes were equally impressive.
– Keanan Bennetts: Much more defensive in his play today though he did trouble the Leicester defenders down the flank. Looked very solid and assured at left back.
– Oliver Skipp: Unsurprisingly, Skipp really caught the eye today with his performance, made some important blocks and interceptions.
– Joe Pritchard: Very tidy performance from the skipper before being brought off in the second half.
– Luke Amos: Dominated the midfield, one of our best players throughout the game.
– Samuel Shashoua: My man of the match, see below.
– Marcus Edwards: Had a good game, very creative and lively going forward, influential in our goal.
– Kazaiah Sterling: He may not have scored but I thought Sterling had a good game, constantly made good runs and pressed the defenders.
– Shayon Harrison: Great to see him back in action! Played in the number 10 position and had a really positive impact on the game.

My man of the match: On only his second start in the league this season Shashoua showed exactly why he is one of the biggest talents in our academy. He was the creative spark that Burnett’s team needed today, and his important goal was really well deserved. He dazzled down the left flank with some lovely moves, he now has four goals so far this season from just four starts.

Spurs: Whiteman, Marsh, Bennetts, Skipp, C Maghoma, Tanganga, S Shashoua, Pritchard (c, Harrison 61), Sterling (Tracey 81), Edwards, Amos. Substitutes (not used): Austin, Loft, Roles.

Leicester City: Bramley, Pascanu (Eppiah 70), Wood, Hughes, Knight, Johnson,Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall (Kaba Sherif 46), Muskwe, Thomas, Gordon (Ndukwu 81). Substitutes (not used): Iversen, Martis.

Goals: Spurs – Shashoua 65; Leicester City – Hughes 35.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Bennetts 63; Leicester City – Thomas 90+2.

Referee: Samuel Allison.

Attendance: 189.

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