Spurs under 23’s 1-2 Derby County: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 1-2 Derby County: (match report)

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(This photograph is from Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Our under 23’s took on Derby County at Hotspur Way in game week three of the PL2 season, with Wayne Burnett’s side looking to make it three wins from their first three league matches. However, that task wasn’t as easy as it sounded and after a difficult first half where Derby were more clinical than us (they scored twice through Morgan Whittaker and Duane Holmes) Spurs fought back in the second half with more energy and more fight about them, after conceding two goals in the first half. Spurs’ second half performance was a lot more positive and they dominated the ‘ Rams ‘ for large periods of the half. Dilan Markanday was the spark that Burnett’s side needed in the second half and he helped to create our goal which Rodel Richards smartly finished. Despite pushing Derby hard the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ were unable to find a leveller and in the end the ‘ Rams ‘ were able to cling on to their slender lead to spoil Spurs’ perfect start to the new season. Wayne Burnett’s side lined up in their usual 4-2–3-1 formation on Friday afternoon. Alfie Whiteman was handed a rare start in goal while a back four consisting of Jubril Okedina, captain TJ Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tariq Hinds lined up in front of him. Harvey White and Paris Maghoma partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Tashan Oakley-Boothe. Rodel Richards led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway on a warm, sunny day in north London. After an even start to the game an early mix up between Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster on the edge of the Spurs box resulted in goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman rushing out and getting the ball clear. Attacking midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe had a low cross into the Derby box cleared by Ethan Wassall, before Jahmal Hector-Ingram had a low cross gathered by Alfie Whiteman at the other end of the pitch. A couple of minutes later the more forceful side took the lead on 11 minutes. After the unsupported Brooklyn Lyons-Foster was dispossessed by Duane Holmes while trying to play the ball out from the back, the USA international passed the ball to Morgan Whittaker who had burst down the right hand side of the Spurs box, before rifling a low effort off of the inside off Alfie Whiteman’s left hand post and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 0-1.

Shortly after the restart TJ Eyoma had a pass to Lyons-Foster snuffed out by Morgan Whittaker who burst into the Spurs box. However, Eyoma managed to get back really well to make an important interception on Whittaker. Derby had started the game really well, they were compact and they weren’t allowing Spurs the space for which they craved. After Jahmal Hector-Ingram passed the ball to Max Bird the Derby captain forced the first save of the game out of Alfie Whiteman with a pop from long range. Spurs tried to respond, after receiving Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s pass in the Derby box the skilful Rodel Richards cut past Derby defender Jordan Brown but instead of shooting he tried to take on another player and he was eventually intercepted by Ethan Wassall. Tariq Hinds blocked a cross from Jahmal Hector-Ingram shortly afterwards before Shilow Tracey had a shot blocked by Wassall after latching onto Tariq Hinds’ pass inside the Derby box. After surging past Harvey White and into the Spurs box Jahmal Hector-Ingram had a low pass cleared behind by Lyons-Foster. A couple of minutes later Tariq Hinds forced a save out of Derby goalkeeper Henrich Ravas after he had, had a low shot on goal from long range. A matter of two minutes later Spurs conceded a penalty. After TJ Eyoma’s initial clearance rebounded off of Jayden Mitchell-Lawson the Derby winger was quickest to the ball inside the Tottenham penalty area. Eyoma couldn’t get in front of Mitchell-Lawson and in the end he tripped him from behind, leaving the referee Alan Dale with no other option than to point to the spot. However, Jahmal Hector-Ingram’s powerful, low spot kick was saved down to Alfie Whiteman’s right and the Spurs goalkeeper managed to smother the ball before Duane Holmes could get to it on the follow up. However, the ‘ Rams ‘ did double their lead shortly afterwards through Holmes. After Morgan Whittaker passed the ball to Holmes the attacking midfielder sorted his feet out well before having a shot from over 20 yards out from goal. Holmes’ fantastic, powerful dipping effort nestled into the top right hand corner of the helpless Alfie Whiteman’s goal, 0-2. 

After receiving the ball out on the left flank Shilow Tracey whipped a hopeful cross into the Derby box but it was cleared away by Ethan Wassall. A couple of moments later and after winning a free kick out on the left flank, Paris Maghoma pumped the ball into the danger zone but once again the towering Wassall was there to clear it. Henrich Ravas punched away a cross from Jubril Okedina. About five minutes later Tashan Oakley-Boothe gave away a free kick on the edge of the Spurs box (he was shown a yellow card) after he had pulled Duane Holmes’ shirt. Duane Holmes’ resulting dipping free kick was pushed away by the alert Alfie Whiteman. Ethan Wassall then headed wide a corner kick from Jayden Mitchell-Lawson at the back post, before Jubril Okedina had a cross gathered by Henrich Ravas before the referee sounded his whistle for halftime. Derby got the second half underway and after Max Bird passed the ball to Connor Dixon on the edge of the Spurs box Dixon played a quick one two with Morgan Whittaker before slicing an effort wide of Alfie Whiteman’s goal. There was a penalty shout at the other end of the pitch after Jubril Okedina’s cross struck the arm of Max Bird inside the Derby box. After coming in from the right flank Dilan Markanday whipped an effort narrowly wide of Henrich Ravas’ goal before TJ Eyoma headed away a corner kick from Jayden Mitchell-Lawson. Spurs continued to start the half well. There was another penalty shout waived away by the referee after Max Bird appeared to handle Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s lofted pass inside the Derby box. Dilan Markanday then had an effort on goal blocked by Bird before Jayden Mitchell-Lawson managed to pass the ball into the feet of Duane Holmes in the centre of the Spurs box however, he fired over on the turn. Connor Dixon then fired the ball across the face of Alfie Whiteman’s goal before Dixon forced a save out of Whiteman a couple of seconds later with a looping effort from the edge of the Spurs box. Harvey White then had a free kick gathered by Henrich Ravas.

After Shilow Tracey had won a free kick on the edge of the Derby box Paris Maghoma elected to take it. However, his resulting curling effort flew well over Henrich Ravas’ crossbar. The ever impressive Tariq Hinds cut inside from the left flank shortly afterwards before firing a promising effort on goal which was tipped onto the crossbar by Ravas. Tashan Oakley-Boothe had a cross cleared by Ethan Wassall before Spurs’ pressure was rewarded when Rodel Richards pulled a goal back for Wayne Burnett’s side in the 68th minute of the match. After Jubril Okedina played the ball down the line to Dilan Markanday on the right flank, the recently turned 18 year old passed the ball to Shilow Tracey in the centre of the Derby box. Tracey’s first time side footed effort was saved by Ravas but the ball came up in the air for Rodel Richards whose clever overhead effort went into the bottom left hand corner of the Derby goal, 1-2. Spurs were now moving the ball around the pitch a lot faster, and with a lot of attacking intent. After Okedina had passed the ball to Markanday down the right flank the winger drifted inside onto his left foot before firing an effort on goal from the edge of the Derby box which was saved well by Henrich Ravas. A couple of minutes later Markanday won a free kick on the edge of the oppositions penalty area. The resulting free kick was delivered into the Derby box by Shilow Tracey and volleyed wide of goal by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster. Then at the other end of the pitch Max Hunt passed the ball to Jahmal Hector-Ingram who had a shot on goal blocked by Eyoma. Armando Shashoua came onto replace Harvey White. Soon after coming on Shashoua made a really intelligent and well timed run into the Derby box to latch onto Paris Maghoma’s lovely pinged pass, but before Shashoua could get the ball under full control he was intercepted by Max Hunt who put the ball behind for a corner kick. Jubril Okedina nodded Shashoua’s resulting corner kick wide of the Derby goal. 

Tashan Oakley-Boothe had a shot blocked by Max Hunt before TJ Eyoma made an excellent interception on the advancing Connor Dixon on the edge of the Spurs box. Eyoma then managed to win a late free kick on the edge of the Derby box which Armando Shashoua would take. However, his curling effort flew narrowly wide of Henrich Ravas’ goal in what turned out to be the final piece of action of the game. It was a game of two halves for Spurs today, if they had started the game like they had started the second half then they may well have won the game.

Player reviews:

  • Alfie Whiteman: On what was his first competitive appearance for Spurs since last November, the goalkeeper put in a solid performance on Friday afternoon. Whiteman made four saves in total including one to deny a penalty kick. The 20 year olds distribution was good and he also dealt well with crosses and set pieces.
  • Jubril Okedina: Solid, composed and good on the ball. Okedina had a very strong game at right back for Spurs. Apart from being very comfortable on the ball and good at bringing it forward, Okedina defended well against speedy winger Jayden Mitchell-Lawson down the right hand side of the pitch and he made some good defensive interventions. Okedina also whipped some inviting crosses into the Derby box.
  • TJ Eyoma: The RCB made some really important interventions at the back and his all round game was good. Eyoma was solid for the majority of the game and the Spurs captain was dominant in the air.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The 18 year old caught my eye with the way in which he played the ball out from the back. And like Eyoma I thought that Lyons-Foster had a solid all round game. He made some lovely passes and with his quick feet and vision he was able to move the ball quickly. Lyons-Foster made a number of important clearances and like Eyoma he was good in the air. His slight mistake for Derby’s opening goal was unlucky and he didn’t have enough support around him at the time.
  • Tariq Hinds: Despite playing out of position at left back Tariq Hinds had another really good game for our under 23’s where he was quite easily one of our best performers. Hinds went on some lovely lung bursting runs down the left flank, and with his skill and good decision making he posed a real threat going forwards. Hinds also defended his side of the pitch really well against England under 18 international Morgan Whittaker.
  • Harvey White: The central midfielder had a decent game in the middle of the park where he used the ball intelligently. He had some good moments in the game. 
  • Paris Maghoma: The midfielder broke up play effectively and he also carried the ball well in the middle of the park. Furthermore, Maghoma made some very intelligent and ambitious passes and he wasn’t afraid to try his luck from set pieces.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The CAM had a decent game. His movement was good.
  • Shilow Tracey: The left winger went on some powerful runs down the left flank and he helped to create some decent chances. Tracey got the assist for Rodel Richards’ second half goal. 
  • Rodel Richards: The busy centre forward led the line well and he made some good runs off of the shoulders of the Derby defenders. In addition he held the ball up quite well. The 18 year old took his late goal really well!
  • Armando Shashoua: It was a positive albeit fleeting cameo for Shashoua who linked play well during his short time on the pitch. The 18 year old also made a number of intelligent runs through the middle of the park and he came close to finding the back of the net from a late free kick. 

My man of the match: After putting in a decent first half performance out on the right flank Dilan Markanday stepped it up a gear in the second half, when he embarked on some excellent surging runs down the right flank. Markanday mixed things up and he made life difficult for Derby fullback Jordan Brown with his many twists and turns. The 18 year old played a big part in creating our goal and he tracked back tirelessly throughout the game.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 3

Jamie Bowden – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Spurs: Whiteman, Okedina, Hinds, White (A Shashoua 79), Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Maghoma, Richards, Oakley-Boothe, Tracey. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, R Clarke, Dinzeyi, Patterson.

Derby County: Ravas, Minkley, Brown, Bird (c), Wassall, Hunt, Whittaker (Cresswell 71), Dixon, Hector-Ingram, Holmes (Babos 66), Mitchell-Lawson (Shonibare 83). Substitutes (not used): Yates, Splatt.

Goals: Spurs – Richards 68; Derby – Whittaker 11, Holmes 32.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Eyoma; Derby – Babos.

Referee: Alan Dale.

Venue: Hotspur Way.

Attendance: 125.

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