Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Derby County: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 3-1 Derby County: (match report)

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Our under 23’s hosted Derby County at the Lamex Stadium on Monday evening for their final PL2 game of the 2018/19 season. Still not mathematically safe from the threat of relegation to division two, Wayne Burnett’s needed to record a victory against the ‘ Rams ‘ to rubber stamp their division one status for another season. It was an excellent end of season performance from Burnett’s side on Monday as they over came Derby County 3-1 courtesy of a Jack Roles hat-trick and a really good team performance, when it mattered. Spurs started the league game brightly and with a good energy about them on a cool spring evening in Stevenage. Both sides started the game well but it was Spurs who struck first after just seven minutes through Jack Roles. A lovely lofted pass from Jamie Bowden had managed to pick out Roles inside the Derby penalty area and after bringing the ball down well the 20 year old was able to fire the ball home from a tight angle. Burnett’s side continued to play well but both sides were managing to create good goals scoring chances. Derby’s Cameron Cresswell managed to head the visitors level shortly after the half hour mark however, Spurs managed to respond through none other than Jack Roles who regained Spurs’ lead with a clever finish in first half stoppage time. The ‘ Rams ‘ were the marginally better side during the second period but some excellent defending from the likes of Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Japhet Tanganga as well as some important stops from Brandon Austin managed to keep the visitors at bay. There was a lengthy delay after Tottenham centre forward received treatment for a nasty looking leg injury. And it was in fact the player who replaced Parrott who helped to set up the goal which put the game to bed. 18 year old Rodel Richards set up Jack Roles on the edge of the Derby penalty area, and the  Cyprus under 21 international clinically slotted the ball home to record an invaluable three points for the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘. Spurs finished the season in tenth place, three points clear of 11th place West Ham, who despite beating Everton on the same night were unable to avoid the drop.

Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation for Monday’s game with Brandon Austin starting in goal, behind a back four of Tariq Hinds, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, captain Japhet Tanganga and Harvey White. Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Jamie Bowden paired up in central midfield while the attacking trio of Dilan Markanday, Jack Roles and Shilow Tracey started behind centre forward Troy Parrott who led the line for the second successive game. Derby County got the game underway and it didn’t take long for both sides to assert themselves on the game. Troy Parrott narrowly missed connecting with Harvey White’s early whipped cross inside the Derby penalty area before the ball ran through the legs of Dilan Markanday. A couple of moments later the versatile White played a lofted ball down the left flank for Shilow Tracey to run onto. Tracey managed to get to the ball before surging past Derby defender Ethan Wassall and cutting inside onto his right foot and bringing the ball into the Derby box. However, Tracey was unable to keep his composure in front of goal and he ended up blazing the ball over Henrich Ravas’ crossbar. After a slip from Lyons-Foster had allowed Derby’s Josh Shonibare to dart into the Tottenham penalty area, Spurs looked like they were in trouble. However, captain Japhet Tanganga was on hand to make a crucial interception on Shonibare before helping to get the ball clear. Spurs had started the game brightly and a combination of good vision and skill had resulted in them taking the lead on seven minutes thanks to a classy finish from Jack Roles. After Jamie Bowden had received the ball some 30 yards out from goal, the young central midfielder looked up before picking out Jack Roles inside the Derby penalty area with an inch perfect lofted pass. Roles took the ball down with real class down the left hand side of the danger zone, he then managed to twist his way past Kellan Gordon before firing the ball into the roof of Henrich Ravas’ goal from an acute angle, 1-0. Wayne Burnett called young Bowden’s name before giving him the thumbs up in response to his excellent assist. Japhet Tanganga did well to head Kellan Gordon’s cross away from danger before Josh Shonibare came close to scoring an equaliser.

After sprinting past Japhet Tanganga Tyree Wilson passed the ball to Shonibare inside the Tottenham penalty area but the wingers first time side footed effort flew narrowly over Brandon Austin’s crossbar. Jamie Bowden saw his attempted through ball to Jack Roles snuffed out by Derby captain Joe Bateman, before Roles received Parrott’s pass out on the left flank before drifting inside and seeing his curling effort on goal headed behind by Ethan Wassall. Jamie Bowden’s resulting corner kick was glanced across the face of Henrich Ravas’ goal by Troy Parrott a couple of minutes before Brooklyn Lyons-Foster managed to cut out a dangerous pass from the ‘ Rams ‘ Timi Elsnik before it could come through to Cameron Cresswell inside the Spurs box. There was a brief pause in play after Troy Parrott injured his back after colliding painfully with Derby’s Joe Bateman while attempting to get to Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s long pass. An in swinging cross from Spurs’ Harvey White was plucked out of the air by Derby goalkeeper Henrich Ravas. After picking the ball up on the left flank Troy Parrott came inside onto his right foot before entering the Derby box and letting fly however, his powerful effort was blocked behind for a corner kick by Ethan Wassall. A couple of minutes later Derby midfielder Timi Elsnik managed to win the ball off of Spurs’ Tariq Hinds, he then went on a driving forward run before having a pop on goal, but his effort was bravely blocked by Lyons-Foster inside the Spurs box. Spurs continued to threaten the Derby defence and after Harvey White received Shilow Tracey’s pass out on the left flank White sent a glorious first time cross into the Derby box. White’s cross picked out Parrott who cleverly flicked the ball over Henrich Ravas and narrowly over the crossbar. However, Derby then went straight down the opposite end of the pitch and equalised. Josh Shonibare managed to pick the unmarked Cameron Cresswell in the middle of the Tottenham penalty area with an inviting cross, and Cresswell was then able to just nod the ball past the helpless Brandon Austin from close range and into the back of the net, 1-1. Burnett’s side tried to respond, Parrott attempted to play Roles through on goal with a clever pass but Derby substitute Sven Karic was able to get in front of Roles and clear the ball. Derby responded through Josh Shonibare who, after receiving the ball down the right hand side of the Spurs box, fired a venomous effort across the face of Brandon Austin’s goal. 

Dilan Markanday had a shot on goal blocked by Ethan Wassall before Lyons-Foster managed to work the ball out to Harvey White down the left wing. White’s resulting cross was menacing and it hit off both Parrott and Bowden inside the Derby box before it was cleared away by Wassall. Lyons-Foster was on hand at the other end to get in front of the speedy Shonibare down the left flank before getting the ball clear. Japhet Tanganga then did well to clear a dangerous cross from Sven Karic before a Derby corner kick which was delivered by Joe Bateman was cleared away by Oakley-Boothe. After Dilan Markanday gave the ball away to Kellan Gordon the Derby right back passed the ball to Tyree Wilson down the right side of the Spurs box. Wilson managed to cut inside White but the Tottenham left back was able to recover to make an important block to prevent Wilson’s powerful resulting effort from testing Austin. The ever reliable Brooklyn Lyons-Foster managed to clear a cross from Timi Elsnik, before Brandon Austin claimed Ethan Wassall’s cross. Then in the first minute of first half stoppage time Spurs managed to retake the lead through Jack Roles who scored his second goal of the game. After Tariq Hinds has received the ball out on the right wing, the Tottenham fullback whipped a delightful cross deep into the Derby penalty area where he looked to pick out either Roles or Parrott. In the end it was Roles who attacked the ball down the left hand side of the box, and the Cyprus under 21 international managed to send a powerful looping header up and over Derby goalkeeper Henrich Ravas and into the top left hand corner of his goal, 2-1. Harvey White had a late cross cleared by Joe Bateman before the referee Christopher Pollard blew for halftime. Spurs got the second half underway and it was Burnett’s side who managed the first goal attempt of the half after Troy Parrot had a shot on goal blocked by Ethan Wassall. Timi Elsnik then managed to clear a cross from Harvey White, a couple of moments before the ‘ Rams ‘ forced Brandon Austin into making his first save of the game. After embarking on a darting run down the left flank Josh Shonibare managed to cut inside Lyons-Foster inside the Spurs box before testing Austin with a powerful effort. The Spurs goalkeeper managed to beat the ball away by getting a strong hand to it, before Tanganga managed to clear it. 

Tariq Hinds was able to clear Alex Babos’ free kick before Tanganga cleared a dangerous cross from Max Hunt, a couple of moments before Hinds managed to block a shot from Cameron Cresswell. Derby were really heaping the pressure on the Spurs defence and their attacking onslaught continued. Ethan Wassall then nodded Sven Karic’s cross over Brandon Austin’s crossbar. Spurs attacked the ‘ Rams ‘ down the other end of the pitch after Bowden played the ball down the right flank to Shilow Tracey who ran onto it. Tracey continued forwards before whipping the ball into the danger zone but it was cleared by Joe Bateman. Tracey and Markanday had switched flanks during the second half. Bateman was on hand to clear a cross from Dilan Markanday a couple of minutes before Japhet Tanganga managed to get across Josh Shonibare inside    the Spurs box before clearing the ball away from danger. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster then did well to clear Kellan Gordon’s cross as the Tottenham defence continued to hold strong. After Jamie Bowden had sprayed the ball out to Dilan Markanday on the left flank the skilful Spurs winger managed to travel into the Derby box where he attempted to slip the ball into Parrott, but Bateman managed to get to the ball and clear it in time. Harvey White then lashed an effort well wide of Henrich Ravas’ goal from long range. Shilow Tracey was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Sven Karic, before Japhet Tanganga cleared Alex Babos’ resulting free kick. The alert Brandon Austin was then able to claim the same players cross a couple of moments later as Derby continued to trouble the Tottenham defence. Timi Elsnik fired the ball against Brandon Austin’s left hand post with a shot from the edge of the Tottenham penalty area. Unfortunately the tigerish Troy Parrott was the victim of a nasty late challenge from Joe Bateman which after a lengthy pause in play resulted in Parrott being stretchered off the pitch. He had appeared to be in a lot of discomfort, Rodel Richards replaced the 17 year old up top. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster managed to make a superb sliding block to stop Josh Shonibare’s powerful low effort from testing Austin inside the Spurs box, after he had received Alex Babos’ pass. Harvey White headed clear Babos’ resulting corner kick before Spurs managed to put the game to bed after Jack Roles completed his hat-trick in the 81st minute of time. A well worked move resulted in White passing the ball to Roles who then gave it to Richards down the left side of the Derby box. Richards then cut the ball back to Roles on the edge of the penalty area and the Spurs midfielder clinically slotted the ball past Ravas and into the bottom right hand corner of the goal with a powerful first time effort, prompting jubilant celebrations amongst the Spurs players. 

Dennis Cirkin replaced Dilan Markanday before Brandon Austin managed to come out and clear Joe Bateman’s long pass with his head on the edge of his penalty area. Phoenix Patterson then replaced Shilow Tracey for the final minutes of the game. A late Derby attack resulted in Joe Bateman crossing the ball into the Tottenham penalty area. Shonibare managed to head the ball back across goal for Babos who smashed the ball off the underside of Austin’s crossbar. The ball bounced back up off the line and out to Bateman whose resulting low effort was saved by Austin. The referee Christopher Pollard blew his whistle for full time a couple of moments later to bring an end to an impressive end of season performance for Wayne Burnett’s side, who successfully managed to escape relegation to the second division. 

Player reviews:

  • Brandon Austin: Making two important saves in total on Monday evening to cap off an excellent season for the 20 year old, who had a flawless game against the ‘ Rams ‘. Austin made a hugely important save right at the beginning of the second half to deny Josh Shonibare before later going onto deny Alex Babos. Austin dealt excellently with all of the set pieces and crosses which came his way, he was authoritative and anticipated the game well and I also thought that his distribution was good on the day.
  • Tariq Hinds: This was a very good performance from the young right back who did an excellent job at defending against Derby’s pacy winger Josh Shonibare. Hinds made some important interceptions down the right flank and he also chipped in with a glorious assist to set up Jack Roles’ second goal of the game.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Once again the second year scholar put in an outstanding defensive performance for Wayne Burnett’s side. Operating at RCB the 18 year old defended solidly alongside Spurs captain Japhet Tanganga who he shared a good understanding of the game with. Lyons-Foster made four vital defensive interventions on Monday evening and everything from his anticipation to the timing of his interceptions and blocks was top class. His positive forward passing once again helped us out massively!
  • Japhet Tanganga: The Spurs captain had a strong game at LCB where he put in a commanding performance. Tanganga won the vast majority of his aerial duels, he read the game well and he made some very important defensive interventions.
  • Harvey White: Filling in once against at left back before reverting back to CM for the final stages of the game, I thought that the first year scholar did a good job at keeping the ‘ Rams ‘ Tyree Wilson quiet for large periods of the game. White put in a very Ogilvie-esque performance and some of his defending was very similar to the 23 year old Spurs man who is currently on loan at Gillingham. Defensively solid and attentive throughout the game, White got up and down the left flank well and he whipped some glorious crosses into the danger zone.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: It was a tidy performance from the central midfielder, who went on some good attacking forays through the middle. 
  • Jamie Bowden: At times masterful within the midfield young Bowden put in a very effective performance last night. Constantly keeping things ticking and winning important balls. Bowden set up Jack Roles’ opener with a lovely lofted pass and he also created a number of additional chances during the latter parts of the game.
  • Dilan Markanday: Operating on the right wing and later the left wing, Markanday worked hard to try and make an influence on the game although he did come up against some very physical Derby defenders.
  • Jack Roles: My motm, see below. 
  • Shilow Tracey: The winger had a very strong first half at LW and a good second half out on the opposite flank. Tracey went on some good attacking forays and he made some good runs in and behind the Derby defence.
  • Troy Parrott: Unfortunately Parrott’s night lasted only 75 minutes after a strong challenge from Ethan Wassall brought him great discomfort. Parrott held the ball up excellently, linked up play well, and got himself into some good goalscoring positions. Furthermore, Parrott came close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions. I wish him a speedy recovery.
  • Rodel Richards: It was a lively cameo for the 18 year old who led the line well and managed to set up Jack Roles for his third goal of the game. Richards pressed aggressively throughout his time on the pitch and this unsettled the Derby defence.
  • Dennis Cirkin: The left back helped to bolster the Tottenham defence during the final minutes of the game.
  • Phoenix Patterson: N/A.

My man of the match: Hat-trick hero Jack Roles has so often been the game changer for our under 23’s during the 2018/19 campaign and his excellent performance on Monday evening against Derby County was nothing unusual. Oozing class from the first to the final whistle the 20 year old was a constant thorn in the Derby defences side with his many ghosting runs from the CAM position. All three of Roles’ finishes were top class and his off the ball movement and tireless running should get the same plaudits. I would love to see Jack get a call up to the Cyprus senior team next month. Roles’ form this season has been sensational!

Spurs: Austin, Hinds, White, Oakley-Boothe, Tanganga (c), Lyons-Foster, Markanday (Cirkin 85), Bowden, Parrott (Richards 75), Roles, Tracey (Patterson 90+5). Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Dinzeyi.

Derby County: Ravas, Gordon, Anya (Karic 17), Bateman (c), Wassall, Hunt, Wilson (Bird 67), Elsnik, Cresswell (Whittaker 80), Babos, Shonibare. Substitutes (not used): Yates, Knight.

Goals: Spurs – Roles 7, 45+1, 81; Derby – Cresswell 31.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Tracey 66; Derby – Bateman 71.

Referee: Christopher Pollard.

Venue: Lamex Stadium, Stevenage.

Attendance: 483.

Spurs under 21/23’s statistics 2018/19:

Goals scored: Jack Roles – 13

Shayon Harrison – 5

Kazaiah Sterling – 5

Paris Maghoma – 4

Jaden Brown – 2

Vincent Janssen – 2

Troy Parrott- 2

Samuel Shashoua – 1

Marcus Edwards – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Harvey White – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Assists: Jack Roles – 6

Kazaiah Sterling – 3

Vincent Janssen – 3

J’Neil Bennett – 3

Tariq Hinds – 3

Paris Maghoma – 2

Jaden Brown – 2

Jamie Bowden – 2

Troy Parrott – 1

Shayon Harrison – 1

Oliver Skipp – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Dylan Duncan – 1

George Marsh – 1

Anthony Georgiou – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Dennis Cirkin – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 2

Alfie Whiteman – 1

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