Spurs under 23’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Blackburn Rovers: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s are preparing to take on Blackburn Rovers, who they will face tomorrow evening at the Leyland County ground in the PL2. Wayne Burnett’s development side have drawn their last two league games 2-2 against both Southampton and Chelsea respectively, so they’ll be aiming to win tomorrow nights fixture to keep in touch with league leaders Chelsea. Frustratingly in both our last two games we have let two goal leads slip, that’s something that we’ll be hoping to avoid in tomorrow’s encounter with Blackburn. Last season we beat Blackburn 3-1 up in Lancashire, putting in one of our performances of the season, before later losing to them 3-0 down in Stevenage. The ‘ Blue and Whites ‘ who are managed by Billy Barr have had an interesting start to the new PL2 season. Blackburn have lost three, drawn one and won one of their opening five league fixtures. That one win was an impressive 5-3 victory away to Brighton. Some of the ‘ Rovers ‘ standout players include inform winger Harry Chapman (21), Northern Irish midfielder Brad Lyons, Spanish left winger Stefan Mols, forward Jack Vale and skilful attacking midfielder Joe Rankin-Costello. I am expecting Billy Barr’s side to be direct and very physical in their play. Due to our first teams Carabao cup tie with Colchester United taking place on Tuesday night I would expect a couple of players to not travel up to Leyland. Namely Troy Parrott and Alfie Whiteman, with central midfielder Harvey White also being a possibility. I will be making the long trip up to Leyland to report on tomorrow’s game and I would like to wish our under 23’s all the very best of luck for what promises to be a tricky game for the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ however, it is a good opportunity to return to winning ways.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) De Bie, Okedina, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Hinds, Bowden, Oakley-Boothe, Markanday, Maghoma, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Dinzeyi, Shashoua, Patterson, Clarke.

Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin, J’Neil Bennett, Jeremie Mukendi.

Doubtful: Maxwell Statham, Maximus Tainio, Maurizio Pochettino.

Previous meeting: Spurs 0-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Inform winger Harry Chapman, who was already scored three goals and registered one assist in the PL2 so far this season. Chapman was once a highly thought of prospect at Middlesbrough and he has already featured for Blackburn’s first team.

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Spurs under 18’s 2-0 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-0 Southampton: (match report)

Our under 18’s took on out of form Southampton on Saturday morning in the premier league south, at the ‘ Saints ‘ Staplewood training ground. Matt Taylor’s side weren’t at their best against the ‘ Saints ‘ however, they found themselves one nil up at the break thanks to a goal from Tarrelle Whittaker and some splendid first half saves from Kacper Kurylowicz. Kallum Cesay made it 2-0 shortly after the restart as Spurs started to dominate possession. And in the end Matt Taylor’s side held onto record a good, solid two nil win. Taylor’s side lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation as Kacper Kurylowicz started in goal. A back four consisting of Kallum Cesay, Malachi Walcott, Luis Binks and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Matthew Craig and Chay Cooper partnered up in central midfield while Enock Asante and Tarrelle Whittaker operated out on the flanks either side of CAM Max Robson. Kion Etete led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway on a warm morning in County Hampshire. Kegs Chauke’s early effort on goal was deflected behind for a corner by Luis Binks. The Spurs captain then headed away David Agbontohoma’s headed effort on goal from Seamas Keogh’s corner kick. Binks was on hand again moments later, this time to clear away James Morris’s cross. The alert Kacper Kurylowicz saved Roland Idowu’s powerful shot on goal as Southampton began to dominate possession. A good attacking move saw Roland Idowu pass the ball to Ramello Mitchell who passed it to James Morris down the left side of the Spurs box but his resulting shot was saved well by the legs of Kurylowicz at his near post. Kion Etete headed over Chay Cooper’s corner kick before midfielder Matthew Craig picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Rafferty Pedder who went into the CAM position. Sam Bellis headed Seamas Keogh’s corner kick into the arms of Kurylowicz. There was not a lot of action during the early stages of the game. After receiving Ryan Cluett’s pass Ramello Mitchell shot wide from the edge of the Spurs box.

Roland Idowu then had a powerful effort on goal parried by Kacper Kurylowicz before Enock Asante came inside from the right flank before curling an effort over the Southampton goal. Luis Binks cleared away a corner kick from James Morris before the home side came desperately close to taking the lead through Sam Bellis. After David Agbontohoma’s looping cross was missed by Kallum Cesay inside the Spurs box the ball came to Sam Bellis whose powerful effort was superbly pushed onto his left hand post by the razor sharp Kacper Kurylowicz, before Marco Rus was ruled offside after latching onto the ball. Tarrelle Whittaker and Enock Asante switched flanks before Malachi Walcott made an important interception on Ramello Mitchell inside the Spurs box as Mitchell looked for a penalty. A corner kick from Tarrelle Whittaker came to Enock Asante inside the Southampton box but his resulting shot was blocked by Sam Bailey before Whittaker had a cross gathered by Southampton goalkeeper Olly Wright, before Spurs took the lead on the stroke of halftime. Rafferty Pedder passed the ball to Etete who gave it to Robson who threaded a nice pass through to Tarrelle Whittaker down the right hand side of the Southampton box. Whittaker’s resulting low effort squirmed underneath Olly Wright before nestling into the back of the net, 1-0. The referee blew his whistle for halftime shortly after the restart. Spurs made a change at halftime as Malachi Walcott was replaced by Marqes Muir. Southampton got the game back underway. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well during the opening minutes of the second half. After receiving Kion Etete’s pass Rafferty Pedder went on a jinking forward run through the middle of the park before having a powerful shot palmed away by Olly Wright. Kallum Cesay then had a shot blocked by James Morris inside the Southampton box. Spurs then doubled their advantage through Kallum Cesay.

After Enock Asante had intercepted Seamas Keogh he passed the ball to Rafferty Pedder whose powerful low effort from the edge of the Southampton box hit Olly Wright’s right hand post. However, the ball came to Kallum Cesay who fired home from an acute angle, 2-0. Southampton responded by hitting the Spurs crossbar through Roland Idowu before Luis Binks blocked Marco Rus’s shot inside the Spurs box. A good Spurs move saw Kallum Cesay pass the ball to Max Robson who passed the ball to Kion Etete who burst down the right hand side of the Southampton box. Although Etete slipped he managed to pass the ball to Tarrelle Whittaker whose low effort on goal was touched behind by Olly Wright. A couple of minutes later Max Robson passed the ball to Chay Cooper who had a shot saved by Olly Wright. Tarrelle Whittaker then had a curling effort tipped over the bar by Olly Wright. A couple of moments later Whittaker chested down Chay Cooper’s sprayed pass inside the Southampton box before shooting a low effort narrowly wide. Luis Binks then headed Chay Cooper’s corner into the path of Kallum Cesay whose volleyed effort was saved by Olly Wright. Yago Alonso came onto replace Chay Cooper before Luis Binks headed Rafferty Pedder’s corner kick into the arms of Olly Wright before Dermi Lusala cut out a dangerous pass from Ramello Mitchell through to Kazeem Olaigbe in the Spurs box. Mikey Saunders then volleyed James Morris’s cross wide of Kurylowicz’s goal before Sam Bailey powered an effort from range onto the crossbar, before the referee sounded his whistle for full time. It was a good win for Spurs who after struggling a little bit in the first half really came into the game and played some attractive attacking football. Up next for Spurs is a Premier League Cup fixture against West Ham next Saturday. They’ll be eager to avenge their recent 3-2 league defeat to the ‘ Hammers ‘.

Player reviews: 

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Kallum Cesay: After a difficult period during the first half the right back really grew into the game. Cesay was solid and he got up and down the right flank well, going on some good attacking forays. Cesay took his goal well from a tight angle.
  • Malachi Walcott: It was fantastic to see the RCB back in action after a long injury lay off. Walcott completed the first half of today’s game and I thought that he had a solid game, making some important interceptions and reading the game well.
  • Luis Binks: This was another imperious defensive performance from the Spurs captain who had an excellent game at LCB. Binks led the defence well and the quality of his interceptions and challenges today was top class. Dominant in the air and good at bringing the ball out from the back, Binks couldn’t have done much more on the day.
  • Dermi Lusala: The tenacious left back had a very good game for Matt Taylor’s side. Good on the ball and at going forwards, Lusala also defended impeccably well and he showed great strength on the ball. It’s worth mentioning that he is in fact a right back by trade.
  • Matthew Craig: Although he was nice and tidy during the time that he was on the pitch, unfortunately Craig went off injured early on in the game.
  • Chay Copper: The assertive Chay Cooper put in a good shift in central midfield and he added a nice balance to the side with his silky skills and tigerish pressing. 
  • Enock Asante: The striker would operate out on both flanks and he made a positive impression on the game. Asante was involved in our second goal of the game after winning the ball off of a Southampton player.
  • Max Robson: Very tidy in the middle of the park and good at linking up play, Robson had a good game which was capped off by him registering a nice assist. 
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The winger was potent going forwards and good at tracking back. Furthermore, Whittaker took his goal on the stroke of halftime really well. He has now netted two goals so far this season. 
  • Kion Etete: I thought that the 17 year old had a really good game today. Etete led the line well and he did a great job at holding up the ball. He also pressed the Southampton defenders at every opportunity. He showed a nice tenacious side to his game and he made some strong challenges.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The first half substitute totally energised the Spurs team after he came on to replace the injured Matthew Craig. Pedder linked play really well and whenever he ran forwards with the ball the Southampton defenders looked scared. Pedder got the assist for Kallum Cesay’s goal. He was probably Spurs’ best attacking player on the day.
  • Marqes Muir: The second half substitute was solid and assertive alongside the more experienced Luis Binks. 
  • Yago Alonso: The midfielder looked nice and composed on the ball during his short time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Kacper Kurylowicz. The Tottenham goalkeeper made some match winning saves which really kept Spurs in the game today during the first half. The vocal Kurylowicz’s distribution was good and he also dealt relatively well with crosses and set pieces. However, it was his five important saves which were just as important as our two goals. The 18 year olds excellent reflex save to deny Sam Bellis from close range during the first half was a defining moment in the game.

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Cesay, Lusala, Matthew Craig (Pedder 23), Fagan-Walcott (Muir 46), Binks (c), Asante, Cooper (Alonso 78), Etete, Robson, Whittaker. Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Mundle.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 2

Kion Etete –  2

Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Kallum Cesay – 2

Max Robson – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Assists:

Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Max Robson – 2

Chay Cooper – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Dermi Lusala – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kion Etete – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Clean sheets: 

Kacper Kurylowicz – 2

Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

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After suffering a 3-2 home defeat to West Ham United last Saturday in the under 18 premier league south, Matt Taylor’s Spurs under 18’s will be looking to make amends when they face Southampton tomorrow. Last Saturdays game was a close one and Spurs were unlucky to lose it however, good that they were going forward. Tomorrow’s opposition Southampton have won just one of their opening five league games and the ` Saints ’ have a poor record against us in recent seasons. Paul Hardyman’s side have also had to promote a number of their best under 18 players up to the Southampton development side due to injury problems. Southampton have already been beaten pretty comfortably by the likes of Swansea City, Fulham and Chelsea so far this season and Matt Taylor’s Spurs side will be hoping that they can inflict a defeat of their own on the ` Saints ’. Some of Paul Hardyman’s danger men include midfielder and Irish youth international Roland Idowu who has scored two league goals already this season. Furthermore, skilful forward Benni Smales-Braithwaite and pacy wide man and former Spurs schoolboy Rio Glean are other potent attackers that Southampton have on their books. Also worth a mention is talented goalkeeper Jack Bycroft and defender David Agbontohoma. Southampton like to play a passing brand of football with emphasis on the wide men. Hardyman’s side will also look to whip the ball into the danger zone on a frequent basis, just like their under 23’s did against us when we faced them last week. Some of the players who featured for our under 19’s against Olympiacos in midweek will also likely feature tomorrow, namely Luis Binks, Dermi Lusala and Tarrelle Whittaker. Hopefully midfielder Nile John will feature again tomorrow as he was our injured, and it will also be interesting to see whether or not recent signing Yago Alonso will make his competitive Spurs debut against the ` Saints ’. Alonso who was signed from Spanish side Celta Vigo over the summer is by trade a central midfielder who has drawn great praise in the Spanish press. Alonso was named on the bench for our under 18’s against Southampton last Saturday but he didn’t get on. Spurs will be hoping to beat Southampton so they can stay in touch with the likes of Fulham, Chelsea and Brighton who lead the way in the premier league south.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Cesay, Muir, Binks (c), Lusala, Alonso, Robson, Cooper, Pedder, Whittaker, Asante.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Walcott, Matthew Craig, Mundle, Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin, Michael Craig, J’Neil Bennett.

Doubtful: Jeremy Kyezu, Malachi Walcott, Nile John.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Speedy winger and former Spurs schoolboy Rio Glean.

Spurs under 19’s 1-1 Olympiacos: (match report)

Spurs under 19’s 1-1 Olympiacos: (match report)

Our under 19’s who are managed by Ryan Mason got this seasons UEFA youth league odyssey underway on Wednesday afternoon, when they took on Greek side Olympiacos in group game number one of the competition. It was a tough game for the young Spurs lads who had to contend with the sweltering Greek heat, something which seemed to sap the energy out of us throughout the game. A strong Spurs side which included Troy Parrott took the lead through the Irishman on ten minutes before Spurs would enjoy a dominant spell in the game. However, Olympiacos equalised shortly after the half hour mark through  Georgios Fekkas. The second half was in all honesty a fairly tedious one, and Spurs only created a couple of half decent chances while the home side hit the crossbar late on in the game as both sides had to settle for a point. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with Joshua Oluwayemi starting in goal. A back four made up of Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, TJ Eyoma, Luis Binks and Harvey White lined up in front of him. Jamie Bowden and Paris Maghoma anchored the midfield while Dilan Markanday and Rayan Clarke operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Troy Parrott. Rodel Richards led the line for Spurs. Olympiacos got the game underway in the afternoon sun and an early risk from goalkeeper Joshua Oluwayemi almost led to him giving the ball away to the high pressing Alexandros Voilis inside the Tottenham penalty area. A couple of minutes later and after receiving a pass from Rayan Clarke, Paris Maghoma would go onto bend an effort wide of the Olympiacos goal from long range. Joshua Oluwayemi punched away Georgios Fekkas’ cross before Spurs took the lead on ten minutes through Troy Parrott. After former West Ham academy player Kristijan Belic gave the ball straight to Rodel Richards the Spurs forward slipped the ball into the feet of Parrott, who burst down the right hand side of the Olympiacos box before keeping his composure and clinically slotting the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-0.

After some good early passing from the visitors Olympiacos came desperately close to drawing level through Alexandros Voilis. After Georgios Fekkas had whipped the ball into the Spurs box from the left flank, Voilis attacked it but his volleyed effort was met by Joshua Oluwayemi who made an excellent reflex save, from point blank range to deny the Olympiacos centre forward. TJ Eyoma then cleared away a cross from Georgios Fekkas as Olympiacos started to really get into the game. Polykarpos Katsavakis then had an effort deflected behind for a corner by Jamie Bowden before Vasilios Sourlis headed over Georgios Fekkas’ resulting corner kick. Giorgios Neofytidis shot wide from long range before TJ Eyoma cleared away Nikitas Nikolis before Joshua Oluwayemi punched away a cross from the same player. Troy Parrott came close to meeting a whipped cross from Harvey White inside the Olympiacos box before Vasilios Sourlis nodded wide a cross from Paraskevas Ntoumanis. A brief cooling break took place before action resumed once again. And once it had resumed Olympiacos took full advantage of a defensive error from Spurs. After TJ Eyoma’s poor back pass to Oluwayemi lacked pace, it was latched onto by Alexandros Voilis who steadied himself as he came forward, before squaring the ball for Georgios Fekkas inside the Spurs box and he cooly slotted home, 1-1. Shortly after the restart Rayan Clarke beat a couple of players down the left flank before entering the Olympiacos box and stinging the palms of goalkeeper Konstantinos Tzolakis with a powerful shot at his near post. After receiving Paraskevas Ntoumanis’s pass inside the Spurs box Georgios Fekkas fired an effort over Joshua Oluwayemi’s crossbar. Spurs were knocking the ball around the park well as we neared halftime. After Dilan Markanday had passed the ball to Paris Maghoma down the left flank the Tottenham midfielder floated a cross into the Olympiacos box but it came off of Troy Parrott’s chest before being gathered by Konstantinos Tzolakis before the referee blew his whistle for halftime. 

Spurs restarted the game. Nikitas Nikolis had a shot blocked by TJ Eyoma before Dimitros Arsenidis fired the ball over Joshua Oluwayemi’s crossbar. A couple of minutes later Arsenidis burst into the Spurs box before firing an effort towards Oluwayemi’s near post but the Spurs goalkeeper blocked it with his feet. A couple of minutes later a nice move saw Troy Parrott and Paris Maghoma exchange passes before the former forced a save out of Konstantinos Tzolakis however, the linesman on the far side flagged for offside. Jamie Bowden was shown a yellow card for pulling back Giorgios Neofytidis before Paris Maghoma had an effort blocked by Paraskevas Ntoumanis, before the same player fired an effort over Oluwayemi’s crossbar from long range. Both sides went in search of that all important winning goal. Dilan Markanday had an effort blocked by Paraskevas Ntoumanis down the right hand side of the Olympiacos box before Jamie Bowden fired an effort wide of goal. TJ Eyoma headed over a Jamie Bowden corner kick before another cooling break took place. Dermi Lusala came onto replace the yellow carded Jamie Bowden as Harvey White slotted into central midfield. Dimitros Arsenidis smashed Oluwayemi’s crossbar with an effort from long range before the Spurs goalkeeper saved Nikitas Nikolis’ long range effort. Tarrelle Whittaker came onto replace Rayan Clarke for the final moments of the game as both sides had to settle for a point. Spurs’ next game in this competition is at home to Bayern Munich, next month. 

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The 18 year old goalkeeper made a couple of saves including an excellent one to deny Alexandros Voilis from point blank range during the early periods of the game. Oluwayemi remained vocal throughout and he talked his teammates through the game.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Although he isn’t a right back I thought that Lyons-Foster had a solid game in that position yesterday. The 18 year old didn’t allow Olympiacos to have much joy down that side of the pitch.
  • TJ Eyoma: Apart from his costly back pass which led to Georgios Fekkas’ goal I though that Eyoma had a decent game. He was dominant in the air.
  • Luis Binks: One of our better performers was LCB Luis Binks who impressed me with his positioning and reading of the game.
  • Harvey White: White looked comfortable playing at left back before later going onto play in central midfield. 
  • Paris Maghoma: Despite working hard and linking up well with striker Troy Parrott, things didn’t quite come off for the CM yesterday.
  • Jamie Bowden: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dilan Markanday: The right winger went on some decent attacking forays down the right flank.
  • Troy Parrott: Without doubt one of our best players on the day striker Troy Parrott had a good game all round. Parrott took his goal really well and he worked extremely hard for the team, and he was involved in some good passages of play. 
  • Rayan Clarke: The left winger went on one good run down that side of the pitch and he had some nice moments in the game although he wasn’t on the ball a lot.
  • Rodel Richards: The CF worked hard and made some intelligent runs. Richards got the assist for Parrott’s goal.
  • Dermi Lusala: The young fullback showed his quality on the ball and he fed a nice pass through to Troy Parrott during the latter stages of the game.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: N/A.

My man of the match: Although there weren’t really many standout performers on the day, central midfielder Jamie Bowden had a good game during his 71 minutes on the pitch. Bowden kept things ticking in the middle of the park and he made some intelligent forward passes and decisions. The 18 year old also read the game well and he did a good job at anticipating danger.

Olympiacos: Tzolakis, Ntoumanis, Gkotzamanidis, Belic (Aslanidis 79), Martinis, Neofytidis, Nikolis (Liatsos 67), Fekkas, Sourlis (Syrmis 79), Katsavakis (Arsenidis 46), Voillis (c) (Bullari 65). Subsitiutes (not used): Stournaras, Tsavos.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Binks, White, Bowden (c) (Lusala 72), Maghoma, Markanday, Richards, R Clarke (Whittaker 89), Parrott. Substitutes (not used): Kurylowicz, Asante, Etete, Matthew Craig, Robson.

Goals: Olympiacos – Fekkas 31; Spurs – Parrott 10.

Yellow cards: Olympiacos – Sourlis 73, Liatsos 90+2; Spurs – Bowden 59.

Referee: Tihomir Pejin (Croatia).

Venue: Olympiacos Training Centre, Piraeus, Athens.

Spurs under 19’s statistics:

Goals: Troy Parrott – 1

Assists: Rodel Richards – 1

Spurs under 19’s versus Olympiacos: (match preview)

Spurs under 19’s versus Olympiacos: (match preview)

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Ryan Mason’s Tottenham Hotspur under 19 side will begin this seasons UEFA youth league odyssey tomorrow afternoon when they take on Greek Side Olympiacos, at their training centre in Agios Ioannis Rentis, Athens. Group game number one is a very tricky one for Spurs as they take on a team who they will likely know very little about. This is Olympiacos’ first taste of this competition since the 2017/18 competition. ‘ Erythrolefki ‘ have recorded some impressive victories over a number of top teams in this competition since they first entered it in 2012. Olympiacos have beaten the likes of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Juventus to date and my research tells me that they have been strong at home. The warm weather along with the fact that Spurs have not played Olympiacos before will make Wednesday’s game a potentially very tricky one for young Ryan Mason’s side, despite their experience in this competition over recent seasons. Spurs’ UEFA youth league squad was named last week and the overage players included as part of this years squad is as follows; Jonathan De Bie, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Rodel Richards, TJ Eyoma. Left out surprisingly is the talented Armando Shashoua. Still missing a number of important players going into tomorrow’s important game, Spurs will likely be without Dennis Cirkin, J’Neil Bennett and Malachi Walcott as they are all recovering from injuries. I have done as much research as I possibly could on tomorrow’s opposition and some of the players to keep an eye on if fit include defender Apostolos-Ilias Martinis and forward Alexandros Voilis. Ricardo Martin Peres’ side will likely be really up for tomorrow’s game like ourselves, and they’ll be looking to start this seasons competition with a win. We experienced a very difficult game when we took on fellow Greek club PAOK in this competition last season. Tomorrow’s game will be shown live on BT Sport 2 and I would like to wish Ryan Mason’s side all the very best of luck for their UEFA youth league opener.

My predicted lineup: (3-4-2-1) De Bie, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, Binks, Cesay, Bowden, White, Lusala, Markanday, Maghoma, Richards. 

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Muir, Oakley-Boothe, Pedder, Whittaker, Clarke, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: Dennis Cirkin, J’Neil Bennett.

Doubtful: Maximus Tainio, Jeremy Kyezu, Nile John, Michael Craig, Malachi Walcott, Maurizio Pochettino.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: The Greek clubs fairly prolific 19 year old centre forward Alexandros Voilis.

Spurs under 18’s 2-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs under 18’s 2-3 West Ham United: (match report)

Our under 18’s took on West Ham United in a London derby on Saturday morning, in game week five of the under 18 premier league south. Matt Taylor’s side contested a fierce match in the morning sun at Hotspur Way, as West Ham ran out narrow winners in an exciting end to end game. The ‘ Hammers ‘ opened the scoring on nine minutes through Kai Corbett and the score would stay like that at the break. Spurs were a lot more aggressive during the second half and they scored an equaliser on 51 minutes through Enock Asante. However, West Ham regained their lead four minutes later through Veron Parkes before Spurs drew level again, this time through Chay Cooper. Both sides went in search of that all important winning goal and it was the visitors who managed to find it courtesy of a thumping finish from Sam Caiger as Spurs’ two game winning run came to an abrupt end. Matt Taylor’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the vocal Kacper Kurylowicz starting in goal. A back four consisting of Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, captain Luis Binks and Dermi Lusala lined up in front of him. Matthew Craig and Max Robson anchored the midfield while Chay Cooper and Tarrelle Whittaker operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Rafferty Pedder. Second year scholar Enock Asante led the line for Spurs. The young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ got Saturday mornings game underway in front of a fair crowd at Hotspur Way. The first chance of the game came Spurs’ way after Max Robson sent a cross into the West Ham penalty area, Spurs striker Enock Asante managed to connect with the ball but his header lacked power and it was saved by ‘ Hammers ‘ goalkeeper Kristian Hegyi. A couple of minutes later left winger Tarrelle Whittaker won a free kick right on the edge of the West Ham box. However, Rafferty Pedder’s resulting whipped effort was saved by Hegyi. West Ham took the lead against the run of play shortly afterwards. After Veron Parkes passed the ball to Kai Corbett in the Spurs box the West Ham winger tucked the ball into the bottom left hand corner of Kacper Kurylowicz’s goal from around seven yards out from goal.

 Spurs were just patiently knocking the ball around the park as the half progressed. After receiving the ball Dermi Lusala gave the ball to Max Robson inside the West Ham box but the Tottenham midfielder dragged his effort wide of Kristian Hegyi’s goal. A couple of minutes later Kamarai Simon-Swyer headed Jake Giddings cross into the arms of Kacper Kurylowicz. A long ball from Luis Binks up to Rafferty Pedder was laid onto Enock Asante by the Spurs midfielder but the Spurs strikers resulting effort was blocked by Iyiola Adebayo. A sloppy pass from Matthew Craig resulted in Kai Corbett latching onto the ball but he fired it over Kurylowicz’s crossbar from long range. The ‘ Hammers ‘ were more aggressive than us and it was starting to show. Veron Parkes latched onto Joshua Okotcha’s long ball over the top of the Spurs defence before firing an effort wide of the Spurs goal. Luis Binks then cleared away Kamarai Simon-Swyer’s cross before Kai Corbett had a low drilled effort saved by Kacper Kurylowicz. Enock Asante came inside from the right flank before firing an effort over Kristian Hegyi’s crossbar before a good move resulted in Max Robson passing the ball to Rafferty Pedder who in turn passed it to Chay Cooper on the right flank, but his resulting cross was gathered by Kristian Hegyi. Marqes Muir blocked Kai Corbett’s shot before the referee sounded his whistle for halftime. Matt Taylor made a change at the break as Kion Etete replaced Rafferty Pedder. West Ham got the game back underway. After Kion Etete had latched onto Matthew Craig’s long ball inside the West Ham box the Spurs striker forced a low albeit fairly comfortable save out of Kristian Hegyi at his far post. Spurs drew level shortly afterwards. After the speedy Tarrelle Whittaker had beaten Will Greenidge down the left flank the Spurs winger whipped the ball into the West Ham danger zone where he managed to pick out Enock Asante who emphatically volleyed the ball past Kristian Hegyi to draw Spurs level. Shortly after the restart Kacper Kurylowicz did well to claw away a menacing cross from Jake Giddings as Spurs started to play with a higher intensity about their game.

Luis Binks cleared away Jake Giddings cross before Spurs conceded a free kick right on the edge of their own penalty area. Veron Parkes elected to take the following free kick and he whipped a fantastic effort in off Kurylowicz’s right hand post and into the top left hand corner of the goal. Shortly after the restart Gael Kileba came in from the left wing before curling an effort wide of goal. Tarrelle Whittaker had a cross gathered by Kristian Hegyi before Kion Etete shot wide after coming in from the left flank. Captain Luis Binks then fired an effort well wide of Kristian Hegyi’s goal from long range as Kallum Cesay urged his teammates to ‘ be patient ‘ for the remainder of the game. Etete then fed  the ball into Whittaker who fired an effort wide of goal, before Spurs drew level for the second time in the game. A quick passing move ended in Chay Cooper playing a clever one two with Enock Asante down the right hand side of the Wet Ham box, before the former curled a nice effort in off Kristian Hegyi’s right hand post, 2-2. The alert Luis Binks cleared Jake Giddings free kick before the Spurs captain made a really well timed challenge on Gael Kileba on the edge of the Spurs box to thwart a dangerous West Ham attack. A good Spurs move resulted in Max Robson passing the ball to Enock Asante who fed in Kion Etete whose low first time effort on the edge of the West Ham box was saved by Kristian Hegyi. Marqes Muir was shown a yellow card before Spurs made their second change of the game when Romaine Mundle came on for Chay Cooper. However, West Ham regained the lead for the third time in the game on 77 minutes through left back Sam Caiger. After Gael Kileba’s shot was blocked by Marqes Muir inside the Spurs box the ball came to Caiger who fired an unstoppable effort past Kurylowicz and into the middle of the Spurs goal, 2-3. After Tarrelle Whittaker passed the ball to Kion Etete in the West Ham box he fired a deflected wide on the turn. Eddie Carrington replaced Tarrelle Whittaker shortly afterwards. Marqes Muir then made a fine interception on Jake Giddings inside the Spurs box.

Jake Giddings then curled an effort over from the left flank before Luis Binks was shown a yellow card for a foul on Veron Parkes. After Gael Kileba had passed the ball to Veron Parkes inside the Spurs box it looked as if the ‘ Hammers ‘ were going to make it 4-2 but Luis Binks made a timely interception. Kion Etete then fired an effort wide from down the left hand side of the West Ham box in what turned out to be the final piece of action of the game. Spurs’ next game is away to Southampton, next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Kacper Kurylowicz: Extremely vocal and commanding inside his penalty area Kurylowicz made two saves during yesterday’s game. Kurylowicz dealt well with crosses and set pieces.
  • Kallum Cesay: The extremely hardworking right back showed great stamina throughout Saturday’s high intensity match. Cesay made some good challenges and interceptions and he was generally very solid up against West Ham winger Kamarai Simon-Swyer.
  • Marqes Muir: The RCB showed good strength on the ball and he had some nice moments in the game.
  • Luis Binks: The Spurs captain was one of our better performers on the day and he made several well timed challenges and interceptions including that excellent one on Gael Kileba during the second half. Binks’ passing was good and he was also dominant in the air, and an effective leader too.
  • Dermi Lusala: Particularly good at going forward down the left flank Lusala also did a good job at limiting the attacking threat of West Ham winger Kai Corbett.
  • Matthew Craig: Generally the 16 year old was tidy in the middle of the park.
  • Max Robson: Tidy and good at going forwards, Robson linked up well with Spurs striker Enock Asante.
  • Chay Cooper: After a quiet first half Cooper came to life during the second half and he scored a well taken goal to level up the scores for Spurs.
  • Rafferty Pedder: The CAM was surprisingly taken off at halftime after putting in what I thought was a good performance. Pedder had some nice touches, his movement and link up play also impressed me.
  • Tarrelle Whittaker: The very one footed left winger set up Enock Asante’s leveller and his pace and skill would go onto cause major problems for West Ham fullback Will Greenidge.
  • Enock Asante: My man of the match, see below.
  • Kion Etete: The Spurs striker had a decent second half performance and he  came close to finding the back of the net on a couple of occasions. Etete shielded and held up the ball well. 
  • Romaine Mundle: The midfielder showed good energy in the middle of the park and his passing was neat and tidy. 
  • Eddie Carrington: The winger showed good pace down the left flank during his short time on the pitch.

My man of the match: Enock Asante played the first half at centre forward before shifting out onto the right flank for the second half. Asante showed good movement and strength on the ball and he held it up well. Furthermore the second year scholar took his second half goal very confidently and he was involved in some nice intricate play to assist Chay Cooper’s goal. It was a very positive all round performance from Asante who is beginning to look sharper and more dangerous by each passing game.

Spurs: Kurylowicz, Cesay, Lusala, Matthew Craig, Muir, Binks (c), Cooper (Mundle 75), Robson, Asante, Pedder (Etete 46), Whittaker (Carrington 80). Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Alonso.

Spurs under 18’s statistics 2019/20:

Goals: 

Chay Cooper – 3

Enock Asante – 2

Kion Etete –  2

Kallum Cesay – 1

Max Robson – 1

Tarrelle Whittaker – 1

Rafferty Pedder – 1

Assists:

Tarrelle Whittaker – 2

Chay Cooper – 1

Max Robson – 1

Luis Binks – 1

Michael Craig – 1

Dermi Lusala – 1

Eddie Carrington – 1

Kion Etete – 1

Kallum Cesay – 1

Marqes Muir –  1

Enock Asante – 1

Clean sheets: Joshua Oluwayemi – 1

Kacper Kurylowicz – 1

Spurs under 23’s 2-2 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 2-2 Southampton: (match report)

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Our under 23’s returned to PL2 action on Friday afternoon when they took on Southampton at Hotspur Way. Wayne Burnett’s strong side totally dominated the first half and they should have led by at least four goals at the break. However, the second half was a far more even and less fluent half of football. After creating some decent chances during the opening stages of the game Spurs took the lead on 23 minutes courtesy of a fine finish from Dilan Markanday. Wayne Burnett’s side then doubled their lead less than ten minutes later through Harvey White’s sumptuous free kick. However, the ‘ Saints ‘ pulled a goal back shortly afterwards through Kornelius Hansen (it has been credited as a Jubril Okedina own goal). And on 65 minutes the Norwegian teenager got his second of the game to level up the scores. Neither side was able to find a winner during the remaining stages of the game and in the end Spurs had to settle for a point, which was slightly disappointing considering their stranglehold on the game during the first half. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with Alfie Whiteman starting in goal. A back four consisting of Jubril Okedina, Jonathan Dinzeyi, captain TJ Eyoma and Harvey White lined up in front of him. Jamie Bowden and Armando Shashoua anchored the midfield while Dilan Markanday and Shilow Tracey operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Phoenix Patterson. 18 year old Rodel Richards led the line for Spurs. Southampton got the game underway on a warm afternoon in north London. A great early pass from the involved Jamie Bowden to Shilow Tracey down the left flank set the winger on a surging forward run. Tracey burst into the Southampton box before being intercepted by defender Aaron O’Driscoll. A couple of minutes later Shilow Tracey headed Dilan Markanday’s cross into the arms of Southampton goalkeeper Jack Bycroft. Harlem Hale almost robbed Spurs goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman of the ball at the opposite end of the pitch from TJ Eyoma’s back pass, before Kayne Ramsay headed Callum Slattery’s corner kick over Alfie Whiteman’s crossbar. Jonathan Dinzeyi headed away Kayne Ramsay’s cross shortly afterwards as the ‘ Saints ‘ started to see more of the ball.

Shilow Tracey whipped a menacing ball across the face of the Southampton goal before Jonathan Dinzeyi cleared Kayne Ramsay’s cross at the other end of the pitch. Spurs were just knocking the ball around the park. A Southampton break away resulted in Kornelius Hansen laying the ball into the path of Harlem Hale on the edge of the Spurs box, but the Southampton winger shot wide of Alfie Whiteman’s goal. Dilan Markanday then curled an effort into the arms of Jack Bycroft, before Phoenix Patterson went on a good run through the middle of the park before eventually dragging an effort wide of goal. Spurs took the lead a couple of minutes later. Jamie Bowden’s crisp long pass fell into the feet of Armando Shashoua. The Tottenham midfielder laid the ball off to Dilan Markanday on the edge of the Southampton box and he then calmly tucked the ball inside the bottom left hand corner of Jack Bycroft’s goal, 1-0. Jubril Okedina cleared Jake Vokins’ corner kick before Kornelius Hansen dragged an effort across the face of Alfie Whiteman’s goal from the left hand side of the pitch. Armando Shashoua robbed Southampton captain Callum Slattery before feeding a perfectly weighted pass into Shilow Tracey down the left flank. He burst into the box before drifting past Christoph Klarer and firing a low effort a fraction wide of the goal. Shortly afterwards Rodel Richards managed to win a free kick on the edge of the Southampton penalty area. Dead ball specialist Harvey White elected to take it and he curled a sumptuous effort over the Southampton wall and into the right hand corner of the helpless Jack Bycroft’s goal, 2-0. However, Southampton managed to pull a goal back a couple of moments later. After Kayne Ramsay passed the ball to Harlem Hale the Southampton winger passed the ball to Kornelius Hansen inside the Tottenham box and Hansen’s resulting effort deflected off of Jubril Okedina before creeping into Alfie Whiteman’s goal, 2-1. Callum Slattery had an effort blocked by Jamie Bowden. Spurs then had a penalty shout waived away after Phoenix Patterson managed to get in front of Pascal Kpohomouh inside the Southampton box.

After Jamie Bowden had passed the ball to Rodel Richards the Spurs forward sublimely turned around Christoph Klarer and darted into the Southampton box before curling an effort a fraction wide of the goal. After receiving Alex Jankewitz’s pass on the edge of the Spurs box Kornelius Hansen shot wide of the Spurs goal. A good passing move from Spurs saw Armando Shashoua pass the ball to Shilow Tracey, he passed it to Rodel Richards in the Southampton box and he quickly laid it off to Dilan Markanday who chipped an effort wide of goal. Spurs continued to dominate proceedings. After receiving Phoenix Patterson’s pass Rodel Richards had a pop on goal, but he shot wide of the mark. Dilan Markanday then had a cross cleared away by Christoph Klarer before TJ Eyoma cleared away a cross from Kayne Ramsay. After latching onto Jamie Bowden’s pass, Phoenix Patterson skipped past Pascal Kpohomouh before having a deflected effort saved by Jack Bycroft in what turned out to be the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs made a change at halftime as Tariq Hinds came onto replace Jamie Bowden as Harvey White went into central midfield. Wayne Burnett’s side got the game back underway. After Harvey White passed the ball to Shilow Tracey the left winger held off Christoph Klarer before skipping past Aaron O’Driscoll and entering the Southampton box and having a low shot saved well by Jack Bycroft. However, Tracey failed to spot Phoenix Patterson who was in space inside the danger zone. Shilow Tracey then had an effort blocked by Christoph Klarer inside the Southampton box. Harvey White then had a low cross cleared away by Aaron O’Driscoll before Phoenix Patterson had a low effort saved by Jack Bycroft. A couple of minutes later Dilan Markanday had a shot on goal blocked by Pascal Kpohomouh before Jonathan Dinzeyi cleared away a cross from Jake Vokins at the other end of the pitch before TJ Eyoma blocked the same players shot a couple of minutes later. 

Southampton were enjoying a good spell in the game as Alfie Whiteman gathered Jake Vokins’ cross. Paris Maghoma came onto replace Phoenix Patterson, then a matter of moments later the ‘ Saints ‘ drew level through Kornelius Hansen’s second goal of the game. After Harlem Hale had passed the ball to Lucas Defise the Belgian passed the ball to Jake Vokins down the left side of the Spurs box. Vokins had a shot on goal but his effort was parried away by Alfie Whiteman and into the path of Kornelius Hansen who just tucked the ball into the goal, 2-2. After putting some good pressure on the Southampton goalkeeper Jack Bycroft, Spurs striker Rodel Richards came close to winning the ball off of him inside his penalty area. Southampton had a penalty shout waived away after there was a coming together between Jonathan Dinzeyi and Harlem Hale inside the Spurs box. Jubril Okedina then had a cross cleared away by Christoph Klarer before Callum Slattery had a low effort saved by Alfie Whiteman from long range. After winning a free kick right on the edge of the Southampton box, Harvey White stood over the ball to take it. However, his resulting curling effort was deflected behind by the Southampton wall. After winning the ball off of Alex Jankewitz Paris Maghoma fired an effort on goal which was thwarted by Jack Bycroft. A couple of moments later Rodel Richards headed Shilow Tracey’s cross into the arms of Jack Bycroft before Rayan Clarke came onto replace Shilow Tracey in second half stoppage time. In the end it was a fairly disappointing afternoon for Wayne Burnett’s side who will be looking to respond when they face Blackburn Rovers in their next PL2 game.

Player reviews:

  • Alfie Whiteman: The Tottenham goalkeeper made several decent saves and his distribution was good. The 20 year old had a good game all round. 
  • Jubril Okedina: The right back defended well against Southampton winger Harlem Hale and he had some nice moments in the game. Okedina also went on some good surging forward runs of his own and he used his strength to his advantage.
  • Jonathan Dinzeyi: Operating at RCB the central defender imposed himself well on the game and he made some timely defensive interventions. Dinzeyi was also dominant in the air.
  • TJ Eyoma: Like his defensive partner the Spurs captain had a good game, he read the game well and also anticipated danger well while making some good blocks and challenges.
  • Harvey White: White played the first half at left back where he had a solid game and scored a beauty of a free kick. However, his second half performance in central midfield was far better. White was composed and he kept things ticking in the middle of the park.
  • Jamie Bowden: Returning from an injury the midfield craftsman could only play the first half of todays game but what a fantastic shift he put in for the team! Bowden and Shashoua pulled the strings in midfield and the 18 year old made several really intelligent forward passes which opened up the Southampton defence. Bowden kept things moving and he also broke up play and recycled possession well during his time on the pitch. The Londoner is an outstanding talent!
  • Armando Shashoua: My man of the match, see below. 
  • Dilan Markanday: The right winger went on several mazy runs down the right flank and he took his first half goal really well.
  • Phoenix Patterson: The CAM had a good game, he linked up play well and he went on some good bursting runs through the middle of the pitch.
  • Shilow Tracey: A player who was heavily involved in the game for large periods of the afternoon, the left winger went on many a good surging run down the left flank and he really stretched the Southampton defence. Tracey came close to scoring on a couple of occasions.
  • Rodel Richards: The 18 year old led the line well and he made some intelligent runs in behind the Southampton defence. Richards came close on a couple of occasions to finding the back of the net.
  • Tariq Hinds: The second half substitute put in a defensively solid performance at left back. 
  • Paris Maghoma: The second half substitute came close to finding the back of the net with an effort from long range. 
  • Rayan Clarke: N/A.

My man of the match: Armando Shashoua was a ball of energy in the middle of the park. During the first half him and Bowden pulled the strings from midfield with their excellent movement and perfectly weighted through balls. The tigerish Shashoua poached the ball well all over the pitch and he did an excellent job at linking play and getting himself into good advanced positions. Once again Armando showed tremendous strength on the ball.

Spurs: Whiteman, Okedina, White, Bowden (Hinds 46), Eyoma (c), Dinzeyi, Markanday, Shashoua, Richards, Patterson (Maghoma 64), Tracey (R Clarke 90+1). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Lyons-Foster.

Southampton: Bycroft, Ramsay, Vokins, Kpohomouh (Ledwidge 83), O’Driscoll, Klarer, Slattery (c), Jankewitz (Chauke 62), Hansen, Defise, Hale (Olaigbe 79). Substitutes (not used): Scott, Freeman.

Goals: Spurs – Markanday 23, White 33; Southampton – Okedina (OG) 34, Hansen 65.

Yellow cards: Southampton – O’Driscoll, Jankewitz.

Referee: Daniel Middleton.

Venue: Hotspur Way.

Attendance: 168.

Spurs under 23’s statistics: 

Goals: Troy Parrott – 2

Kazaiah Sterling – 2

Harvey White – 2

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Shilow Tracey – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Rodel Richards – 1

Phoenix Patterson – 1

Armando Shashoua – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Assists: Shilow Tracey – 5

Jamie Bowden – 1

Tariq Hinds – 1

Paris Maghoma – 1

Kazaiah Sterling – 1

Dilan Markanday – 1

Tashan Oakley-Boothe – 1

Armando Shashoua -1

Clean sheets: Brandon Austin – 1

Spurs under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs under 18’s versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Our under 18’s resume league action on Saturday morning when they take on London rivals West Ham in the under 18 premier league south. Matt Taylor’s side have won their last two league games by a healthy margin of four goals and they’ll be looking to continue that trend when they welcome the ‘ Hammers ‘ to Hotspur Way. It’s fourth versus fifth place in the premier league south. West Ham who are managed by Kevin Keen have won one, lost one and drawn two of their opening four league games this season. Some of the West Ham players to look out for on Saturday morning include centre forward and top scorer last season Vernon Parkes, midfielder Sebastian Nebyla, centre half Will Greenidge and former England under 16 international Amadou Diallo. This will be a very competitive London derby with plenty of action, and for Matt Taylor’s inform side it is their first very big game of the season. Last season we did the double over West Ham in the league, we’ll be hoping to do the same this season. We will also face the ‘ Hammers ‘ in the Premier League Cup at the end of this month.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi (overage goalkeeper), Cesay, Matthew Craig, Binks (c), Lusala, Michael Craig, Robson, Cooper, Pedder, Whittaker, Asante.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Mundle, Carrington, Etete.

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, J’Neil Bennett, Dennis Cirkin.

Doubtful: Nile John. 

Previous meeting: Spurs 5-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: The ‘ Hammers ‘ top scorer last season with eight goals Vernon Parkes. The second year scholar is a physical player and he could prove to be a handful for the Spurs defence.

Spurs under 23’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Southampton: (match preview)

Our under 23’s return to PL2 action on Friday when they host Southampton at Hotspur Way. Wayne Burnett’s sides last game was an enthralling one against Ipswich Town in the EFL trophy however, it’s back to league action for the young ‘ Lilywhites ‘ who take on Radhi Jaidi’s out of form Southampton side who have lost three of their opening four league games this season. Newly promoted Southampton who came up to division one through the play off system last season, have some talented players in their young side. Some of the players to look out for tomorrow include tricky Irish winger Will Ferry, fullback Kameron Ledwidge, tenacious midfielder Callum Slattery and potent centre forward Christian Norton. Southampton lost their last league game 8-2 to Everton, so they’ll be looking to make amends for that heavy defeat on Friday. Known for playing with a lot of width, Southampton are a fairly direct side who have a tendency to whip balls into the danger zone. Apart from the players already mentioned, the ‘ Saints ‘ tricky attacking midfielder Will Smallbone is another player to watch out for tomorrow, with his low centre of gravity and good turn of pace. Spurs are still missing a number of players to injury but hopefully some will return in time for tomorrow’s game. Namely central midfielder Jamie Bowden whose creative passing from deep we have missed during the last couple of games. However, we are still likely to be without J’Neil Bennett and Maxwell Statham for our meeting with the ‘ Saints ‘. I shall be reporting on Fridays game and my in-depth match report will be out later that night. A win for Spurs tomorrow would temporarily lift them to the top of the division one table.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Hinds, Eyoma (c), Lyons-Foster, White, Maghoma, Bowden, Markanday, Shashoua, Tracey, Richards.

Subs from: De Bie, Okedina, Dinzeyi, Oakley-Boothe, Clarke. 

Injured/unavailable: Malachi Walcott, J’Neil Bennett, Jeremie Mukendi, Dennis Cirkin, Maxwell Statham.

Doubtful: Maurizio Pochettino, Maximus Tainio.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Left winger and Ireland under 19 international Will Ferry is a player who really caught my eye for Southampton at under 18 level over recent seasons. Ferry has good pace, quick feet and a wand of a left foot. Furthermore, the 18 year old has good vision for a pass. 

Spurs under 21’s 1-2 Ipswich Town: (match report)

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.

Player reviews: 

  • 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.

Attendance: 5,377.

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