Some notes on Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey’s performances against Carlisle United: 

On Saturday afternoon Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey were in action for Cambridge United in their League Two game against Carlisle United, at Carlisle’s Brunton Park ground. Cambridge won the game 2-1 and defender Jubril Okedina impressed as he completed the whole of the match at centre-half and put in another solid defensive performance, while Shilow Tracey came on in the 63rd minute of the game, and he was lively and direct during his time on the pitch. 20 year old Jubril Okedina who was starting his second consecutive game for Cambridge United started the game as a right sided centre-half, as Cambridge played with a back four. A good early challenge from Okedina on the edge of the Cambridge penalty area prevented Carlisle forward Offrande Zanzala (Okedina defended really well against Zanzala throughout the match) from entering the Cambridge box, following a good forward run from him. Zanzala’s side had started the game well but the 23 year old was being defended against well by Okedina, who a couple of minutes after making his first challenge on him he made another one to stop Zanzala from turning with his back to goal on the edge of the Cambridge box. Jubril cleared away a cross from Jonathan Mellish, and as he continued to look good in his defending the Spurs defender did well to step out of defence and intercept a fairly promising forward pass from a Carlisle player, before passing the ball to a teammate to get Cambridge moving again (the away side took the lead in first half additional time). Having grown in to the game Cambridge started the second half with a deserved lead, and Okedina’s first real involvement of the second half was to once again step out of defence to cut out Joe Riley’s forward pass from deep.

22 year old winger Shilow Tracey came on in the 63rd minute of the match and he went straight out to the right flank. Tracey’s first real involvement in the game came not long after he had entered the pitch, after the former Ebbsfleet United player had picked the ball up on the right flank before surging forward with the ball at great pace (no Carlisle players were able to keep up with him) all the way to the byline, but his resulting cross into the Carlisle box was unable to find a teammate. At the other end of the pitch Okedina did tremendously well to block off Carlisle substitute Gime Toure in a dangerous area inside the Cambridge penalty area, to thwart what could have been a very chance for Toure. Lewis Alessandra equalised for Carlisle from a corner kick in the 78th minute of the game, before Gime Toure managed to get past Jubril Okedina before entering the Cambridge box and powerfully putting the ball across the face of the goal, with Carlisle’s Omari Patrick not far away at all from making contact with the ball from just outside the goal. In the final minutes of the game Shilow Tracey (he had now switched flanks) did really well to keep the ball in play out on the left flank after advancing forward down that side of the pitch. He then passed the ball to Wes Hoolahan who cut the ball back for Alfie May to convert from inside the Carlisle box. This was another very impressive performance from Jubril Okedina in defence, while substitute Shilow Tracey made a good impression on the game during the second half as he was very direct in his play.

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