Spurs under 21’s 1-2 Ipswich Town: (match report)
Wayne Burnett’s development side took on league one side Ipswich Town in the EFL trophy, in their first group game of this seasons competition on Tuesday night. On paper it was a tough test for the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ who were taking on a team who were top of league one. Despite losing 2-1 to the ‘ Tractor Boys ‘ at Portman Road the young Spurs lads battled hard and they gave a good account of themselves under testing conditions. Spurs started the game well and after a good passing move they took the lead after just eight minutes through the potent Armando Shashoua. Spurs defended well for the remainder of the first half and they also defended solidly against an aggressive Ipswich side. However, Paul Lambert’s Ipswich stepped up their efforts in the second half and they would go onto dominate the half. Jordan Roberts got the leveller for the ‘ Town ‘ on 47 minutes before the same player scored again on 66 minutes to give Ipswich the lead. Unfortunately Spurs were unable to respond although they came very close to scoring a late equaliser through both Shilow Tracey and Enock Asante. Spurs lined up in a 4-3-3 formation on Tuesday night as Alfie Whiteman started in goal once again for the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘. A back four made up of Jubril Okedina, captain TJ Eyoma, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and Tariq Hinds lined up in front of him. A midfield trio of Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Harvey White and Armando Shashoua teamed up in central midfield, while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks, behind 18 year old centre forward Rodel Richards. Ipswich got the game underway on a mild evening in county Suffolk. Gwion Edwards’ early corner kick came to Emyr Huws whose shot was blocked by Harvey White. The ball then came back to Huws whose resulting cross into the Spurs box was cleared away by Harvey White. A cross from Jon Nolan came close to picking out Jordan Roberts in the Spurs box but Alfie Whiteman managed to gather the ball. Ipswich were seeing more of the ball during the opening stages of the game. However, on eight minutes Spurs took the lead through the lively Armando Shashoua after a good passing move from Spurs.
After Shilow Tracey had passed the ball to Tashan Oakley-Boothe on the edge of the Ipswich box, the Spurs midfielder threaded a well weighted pass through to Armando Shashoua who had made a good run into the Ipswich box. Shashoua kept his composure in front of goal and he calmly slotted the ball underneath Ipswich goalkeeper Will Norris to give Spurs the lead through their first attack of the game, 1-0. Shortly after the restart Jordan Roberts headed one time Spurs triallist Janoi Donacien’s cross narrowly over Alfie Whiteman’s crossbar, before Brooklyn Lyons-Foster cleared away a cross from Donacien. Spurs captain TJ Eyoma then did well to cut out a pass from Jordan Roberts inside the Spurs box. Tashan Oakley-Boothe did well to block an effort on goal from Emyr Huws. A cross from Oakley-Boothe at the other end of the pitch was only just missed by Dilan Markanday who had made a good, ghosting run into the Ipswich box. After receiving Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s pass on the edge of the Ipswich box Shilow Tracey tried his luck with a curling effort on goal which was saved by Ipswich goalkeeper Will Norris. Jordan Roberts then had an effort inside the Spurs box blocked by TJ Eyoma. The lively Armando Dobra then robbed Tariq Hinds of the ball before running into the Spurs box before having a shot on goal blocked by TJ Eyoma. James Wilson then headed Myles Kenlock’s free kick wide of the Spurs goal before Jordan Roberts narrowly poked over Emyr Huws’ low cross inside the Spurs box. Then at the other end of the pitch Jubril Okedina passed the ball into the feet of Dilan Markanday down the right hand side of the Spurs box but his resulting cross was blocked by Myles Kenlock. Harvey White then had a corner kick gathered by Will Norris. Before another corner kick by Harvey White, this time to Markanday was intercepted by Idris El Mizouni as Ipswich broke forward down the left hand side of the pitch. Gwion Edwards burst forward before passing the ball to Armando Dobra in the Spurs box but his thumping effort on goal was well saved by Alfie Whiteman. Rodel Richards cleared Emyr Huws’ resulting corner kick before Gwion Edwards volleyed over on the edge of the Spurs box.
Janoi Donacien just missed Gwion Edwards’ cross inside the Spurs box before Armando Shashoua passed the ball to Rodel Richards on the edge of the Ipswich box but his effort on the turn was saved by Will Norris. Jubril Okedina did well to clear Janoi Donacien’s cross before Armando Shashoua had an effort on goal blocked by Emyr Huws. TJ Eyoma then cleared Jon Nolan’s cross from the right flank. Harvey White then cleared away a corner kick from Janoi Donacien before blocking a shot on goal from Jon Nolan. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster was on hand to clear behind a cross from Jordan Roberts. Then arose a great chance for Spurs to double their lead. After Emyr Huws’ poor back pass was intercepted by Rodel Richards the Spurs forward skipped past the out rushing Will Norris before entering the Ipswich box and disappointingly clipping the ball over the crossbar from a tight angle. Jordan Roberts then fired over Gwion Edwards’ low cross at Alfie Whiteman’s back post as Ipswich should have levelled it. The referee then blew his whistle for halftime. Spurs got the second half underway. Jubril Okedina cleared away Gwion Edwards’ cross inside the Spurs box. Then in the 47th minute of the game Ipswich netted the equaliser. After the aggressive Armando Dobra robbed the ball off of Brooklyn Lyons-Foster down Spurs’ left flank the talented 18 year old slid the ball into Jordan Roberts inside the Spurs box and the Ipswich striker calmly tapped the ball into Alfie Whiteman’s goal, 1-1. Shortly after the restart Armando Dobra latched onto Gwion Edwards’ lofted pass in the Spurs box before firing an effort wide of Alfie Whiteman’s goal. Jordan Roberts powerful effort deflected just wide of Alfie Whiteman’s goal by TJ Eyoma. Jordan Roberts then flicked Idris El Mizouni’s corner kick wide of the Spurs goal before Harvey White cleared the same players corner kick a couple of minutes later. Idris El Mizouni played a one two with Emyr Huws on the edge of the Spurs box before having a shot on goal blocked by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster.
El Mizouni then headed Jordan Roberts’ cross into the arms of Alfie Whiteman as Ipswich started to totally dominate the game. Spurs started to just knock the ball around the park as they tried to regain their composure. After Harvey White passed the ball to Shilow Tracey down the left side of the Ipswich box, the Spurs winger attempted to cut the ball back across the face of the Ipswich goal but the ball was gathered relatively comfortably by Will Norris. Idris El Mizouni then curled the ball narrowly wide of Alfie Whiteman’s goal. A couple of minutes later Ipswich took the lead for the first time in the game. After Gwion Edwards played a lofted pass down the line to Armando Dobra the youngster burst into the Spurs box where he did his best to not go down after being pulled back by TJ Eyoma. Dobra then pulled the ball back for Jordan Roberts in the centre of the box and he tapped home to give Ipswich the lead, 1-2. TJ Eyoma cleared Janoi Donacien’s cross shortly afterwards before Dilan Markanday passed the ball to Shilow Tracey who darted into the Ipswich box before having a shot on goal blocked by Ipswich defender Luke Woolfenden. Phoenix Patterson came onto replace Tashan Oakley-Boothe shortly afterwards as Spurs looked for an equaliser. Gwion Edwards fired an effort wide from the left flank before Rodel Richards had a shot blocked inside the Ipswich penalty area by Luke Woolfenden. Jubril Okedina was shown a yellow card shortly afterwards for pulling Gwion Edwards’ shirt. Alfie Whiteman punched behind a cross from Jon Nolan before Jubril Okedina cleared the same players corner kick. Tariq Hinds then headed away a cross from Idris El Mizouni before Armando Shashoua conceded a free kick right on the edge of the Spurs penalty area but Emyr Huws fired over the resulting free kick. Jubril Okedina whipped a cross into the Ipswich box which was gathered by Will Norris before Alfie Whiteman did well to save Ipswich substitute Tyreece Simpson’s powerful effort on goal. A good attacking move from Spurs resulted in Patterson passing the ball to Shashoua who gave it to Rodel Richards. Richards then slipped the ball into the feet of Shilow Tracey down the left side of the Ipswich box but he curled the ball just a fraction wide of Will Norris’s goal.
Striker Enock Asante came onto replace Harvey White for the final moments of the game. Spurs had a glorious late chance to rescue a point after Dilan Markanday was intercepted by Jordan Roberts on the edge of the Ipswich penalty area as the ball ran through to Enock Asante inside the penalty area. However, one on one with Will Norris, Asante could only shoot wide, much to the disbelief of his teammates. Idris El Mizouni then passed the ball to Armando Dobra in the Spurs box but his powerful resulting effort was pushed away by Alfie Whiteman before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. There were however, many positives to take away from Tuesday nights match for the young Spurs lads. Our development sides next match is against Southampton on Friday the 13th of September.
- Alfie Whiteman: The Tottenham goalkeeper made four saves in total on Tuesday night and once again he put in a strong performance in between the sticks. Whiteman made a couple of good saves, he also dealt well with crosses and set pieces and his distribution was also decent.
- Jubril Okedina: The right back had a good game up against Ipswich winger Gwion Edwards who he managed to keep in check for large periods of Tuesday’s game. Okedina overlapped Markanday on occasions and he also whipped some promising crosses into the danger zone.
- TJ Eyoma: The Spurs captain had some excellent moments on Tuesday night. Eyoma and Lyons-Foster were like a brick wall for large periods of the game. The Tottenham captain kept excellent positioning, made some heroic blocks and he made several really important interceptions while also being good in the air. I was very impressed by the quality of Eyoma’s performance.
- Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Another very solid performer, this time at LCB. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster marshalled the back line well and like Eyoma he contributed to the game by making some important and well timed interceptions. Lyons-Foster was also good in the air.
- Tariq Hinds: The Tottenham left back had a decent game up against Janoi Donacien. Hinds made some timely challenges and he went on several good runs down the left flank.
- Harvey White: A player who I thought had a very good game was CDM Harvey White. The 17 year olds movement was good and he got around the park well. However, it was White’s tenacity and his ability to break up play so well while also maintaining good vision for a forward pass, which impressed me the most about his performance.
- Tashan Oakley-Boothe: The midfielder who got the assist for Armando Shashoua’s goal had a positive impact on Tuesday’s game. Oakley-Boothe went on some good surging runs through the middle of the park and his passing was nice and crisp.
- Armando Shashoua: My man of the match, see below.
- Dilan Markanday: Although he didn’t get an awful lot of joy down the right flank the skilful winger did cause problems for the Ipswich defence with his quick feet and low centre of gravity. Markanday tracked back well after him.
- Shilow Tracey: The left winger was involved in our goal and he went on some good surging runs down the left side of the pitch. Tracey also came close to netting a late equaliser.
- Rodel Richards: The 18 year old centre forward led the line well and he came relatively close to scoring on two occasions for Spurs last night.
- Phoenix Patterson: The second half substitute who operated as a CAM, showed good energy and he moved the ball around the park well.
- Enock Asante: The second half substitute came desperately close to converting a glorious late chance for Spurs.
My man of the match: Advanced central midfielder Armando Shashoua had an excellent game for Spurs last night. It was an electric performance from Shashoua particularly during the first half, on what was his first competitive start of the season for our development side. Shashoua took his early goal really well and his razor sharp movement, quick feet and clever passing really got Spurs playing against Ipswich. What I loved about the 18 year olds performance was his off the ball movement and ability to drop into nice pockets of space. It was a very good all round performance from the midfielder who showed that he wasn’t affected by the physicality of the opposition.
Ipswich Town: Norris, Donacien, Wilson, Edwards, Nolan (c), Roberts (Simpson 68), El Mizouni, Woolfenden, Kenlock, Dobra, Huws. Substitutes (not used): Wright, Rowe, Downes, Vincent-Young, Ndaba, Clements.
Spurs: Whiteman, Okedina, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Hinds, White (Asante 86) Shashoua, Markanday, Oakley-Boothe (Patterson 70), Tracey, Richards. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Dinzeyi, R Clarke, Thorpe.
Goals: Ipswich – Roberts 47, 66. Spurs – Shashoua 9.
Yellow card: Spurs – Okedina 77.
Referee: Craig Hicks.
Venue: Portman Road.
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
Phoenix Patterson – 1
Harvey White – 1
Armando Shashoua – 1
Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5
Jamie Bowden – 1
Tariq Hinds – 1
Paris Maghoma – 1
Kazaiah Sterling – 1
Dilan Markanday – 1
Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1
Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1