Some notes on Spurs Under 18’s 4-0 Premier League Cup defeat to Fulham:

Spurs’ Under 18 side played their final Premier League Cup group stage game of this season on Saturday. Head coach Stuart Lewis saw his side lose 4-0 to a Fulham side who dominated the game from start to finish. Saturday’s defeat means that Spurs are now officially out of this seasons Premier League Cup. Spurs started with Adam Hayton in goal, while a back four consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Charlie Sayers and Jahziah Linton started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Khalon Haysman started in central midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jez Davies. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Fulham got the game underway on a very cold and rainy day, and early on in the game George Okkas hit an effort over the Spurs goal from distance. In the 16th minute of the game Fulham took the lead through Jaylan Wildbore, who after receiving the ball on the right flank managed to cleverly work his way into the Spurs box, where he was met by the outrushing Spurs goalkeeper Adam Hayton. However, Jaylan Wildbore managed to slot the ball past Hayton and into the back of the net from close range, 0-1. Fulham continued to create chances following their opener, and they doubled their advantage through the impressive Olly Sanderson on 26 minutes. The Fulham forward finishing well past Hayton from inside the Spurs penalty area, 0-2.

Soon after conceding their second goal of the game Spurs went 3-0 down. A pass out from the Spurs box from Adam Hayton came to George Okkas outside the box, and the Fulham player was able to finish past Hayton, who was out of position and into the back of the goal, 0-3. The second half initially started well for Spurs, who came close to getting a goal back early on in the half after Jaden Williams met Maxwell McKnight’s good cross from the right flank inside the Fulham box. However, Williams’ impressive headed effort came off the upright of goalkeeper Michael Allen’s goal before going clear of the goal. Defender Alfie Dorrington made a good block inside the Spurs box to stop Lemar Gordon’s effort from testing Adam Hayton in the Spurs goal. Khalon Haysman then curled over a free-kick for Spurs, before Fulham made it 4-0 after Jaylan Wildbore’s whipped low cross from the right was met by Imani Lanquedoc inside the Spurs box, and he finished well past Hayton with a first time effort, 0-4. Hayton saved Lemar Gordon’s effort well, before Terrell Works missed a one on one from inside the Spurs penalty area late on in the game, as Fulham won 4-0. Spurs made three substitutions in the second half, as Riley Owen, Thomas Bloxham and Jordan Hackett came on. Spurs’ next game at this level is away to Crystal Palace, in the Premier League South, next Saturday.

My man of the match: Jaden Williams. The centre-forward came very close to getting a goal back for Spurs early on in the second half from a header. However, I thought that Jaden’s work off the ball and pressing were very good during his 69 minutes on the pitch.

Spurs Under 23’s 4-0 Everton: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side welcomed Everton to The Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, in their latest Premier League 2 game. Spurs won the game 4-0 and they were much the better team throughout the game. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while a back four of Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay started in-front of him. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Dilan Markanday and Romaine Mundle started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke once again led the line for Spurs. Everton got the game underway on a very cold evening in Hertfordshire, but the game got off to the perfect start for Spurs, who took the lead just 27 seconds into the game. A bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with by the Everton defence, and centre-forward for the evening Jack Clarke latched onto the ball, before going past Lewis Warrington. Clarke then took the ball into the Everton box as he continued forward, before then finally finishing in a composed fashion past goalkeeper Harry Tyrer, with a low strike, 1-0. Everton tried to respond and after Thomas Cannon received the ball inside the Spurs penalty area, he tried his luck on goal. However, Lo-Tutala saved well to tip the ball behind.

Ryan Astley headed wide from an Everton corner-kick, and then a couple of minutes later and after Dilan Markanday won a free-kick on the edge of the Everton box, Harvey White struck the Everton wall with his effort. Romaine Mundle then had an effort blocked inside the Everton box, before at the other end of the pitch Ryan Astley headed just wide from a Rhys Hughes corner-kick. Lyons-Foster headed wide from a Harvey White cross not long before half-time, and then the final piece of action of the half saw Harry Tyrer save Nile John’s low effort from the edge of the Everton box. Spurs got the second half underway and it started well for Spurs, who doubled their lead on 50 minutes. Romaine Mundle passed the ball to Harvey White down the left side of the Everton box, and the Spurs midfielder cut the ball back for Dilan Markanday at the back post, via a deflection off of an Everton player. Markanday received the ball and finished with a first time effort which hit the back of the Everton goal, 2-0. Jack Clarke had a low effort saved from inside the Everton box, shortly after the game got back underway, before Ryan Astley hit an effort over the Spurs goal. 

After receiving Kyle John’s pass down the left flank Rhys Hughes continued forward with the ball and into the Spurs box. However, his resulting effort was saved by Lo-Tutala. Spurs made it 3-0 on 62 minutes, after right-back Marcel Lavinier went on a good forward run with the ball down the right flank, he slipped the ball into the feet of Harvey White, who had made a good run down the right hand side of the Everton box. The midfielder finished well with his right foot, as his effort hit the inside roof of the net, 3-0. Romaine Mundle received a yellow card shortly afterwards, before Rhys Hughes hit a free-kick wide of the Spurs goal. Lyons-Foster then blocked an effort well from the same player. Defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott extended Spurs’ lead after he powerfully headed home a great cross from the left into the Everton box from Harvey White, 4-0. Rhys Hughes then headed over Kyle John’s cross, before Spurs made a double substitution, as Dilan Markanday and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster were withdrawn in place of twin brothers Matthew and Michael Craig. Jeremie Mukendi was then introduced soon after, in place of Romaine Mundle. Kallum Cesay received a yellow card, before Thomas Cannon struck one of Thimothée Lo-Tutala’s posts, in what turned out to be the final piece of action from the game. Spurs play Manchester City at Hotspur Way next Saturday, in their next league game.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: This was another solid performance from the France Under 19 international, who dealt well with crosses and set-pieces, but who also made a number of good saves.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back liked to go on forward runs a lot during the game, and one such forward run ended in him setting-up Harvey White for his goal. Lavinier had another good game at right-back.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Taking his late goal well and also impressing in central-defence, defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott made a good impression on the game.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half was very good on the ball and he brought it out from the back really well, and also made some good passes. Omole was also assertive in defence and didn’t put a foot wrong during the game.
  • Kallum Cesay: The full-back played at left-back for this match, and he tended to stay deeper than Marcel Lavinier on the other flank, but I thought that he did well.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Good on the ball, playing the game at a good tempo and also being in good defensive positions, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster continued his fine season with another good display in midfield.
  • Harvey White: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dilan Markanday: The winger started out on the right flank and he grew into the game. Markanday took his goal well and also made runs into numerous good positions.
  • Nile John: The CAM made some good runs, came close to scoring and also linked-up well with midfielder Harvey White throughout the game.
  • Romaine Mundle: Playing out on the left flank Romaine Mundle held onto the ball well and went on some skilful runs with it. He was also involved in our second goal of the game.
  • Jack Clarke: Pressing the Everton defence superbly well throughout the game, Jack Clarke made some clever runs off the ball and took his goal really well.
  • Matthew Craig: The Barnet born midfielder went into midfield following his introduction to the game.
  • Michael Craig: Like his brother Michael Craig also played in central midfield after being introduced during the second half.
  • Jeremie Mukendi: The 21 year old forward came on late in the game to make his first appearance of the season for the Spurs Under 23 side. It was good to see Jeremie involved again, and during his time on the pitch he played in the centre-forward role.

My man of the match: Harvey White. The 20 year old midfielder had yet another very good game for Spurs’ Under 23 side. The player from Maidstone created numerous good chances for his teammates against Everton. Assertive and skilful in midfield, Harvey White provided two good assists and also took his goal really well. Harvey helped to dictate the tempo of the game from midfield, and he made many really good forward runs off the ball. After the game on Friday he has now been directly involved in 14 goals (seven goals and seven assists) from 16 competitive appearances for the Spurs Under 23 side this season.

Spurs Under 23’s 4-1 Leicester City: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Leicester City in the Premier League 2 on Monday evening, at Leicester City’s Training Ground at Seagrave. Spurs won the match 4-1, and it was a deserved win for Wayne Burnett’s side, who managed to come back from being one goal down early on in the game, to go on and become the stronger side for the majority of the match. Spurs started with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Marcel Lavinier, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay lined-up in front of him. Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and captain Harvey White started in central midfield, and Dilan Markanday and Yago Santiago started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Jack Clarke led the line for Spurs, who got the game underway. However, the home side started the match really well, and in the fifth minute they took an early lead. A long pass found it’s way to Kasey McAteer on the left hand side of the Spurs penalty area. McAteer was tackled by Marcel Lavinier, but was able to continue with the ball, before passing it to Tawanda Maswanhise, who emphatically hit the ball past Lo-Tutala and into the roof of the goal, 0-1. The same Leicester player almost doubled their lead a couple of minutes later, after he hit the ball just wide of the Spurs goal, with an effort on the turn from the edge of the box.

Vontae Daley-Campbell curled an effort wide, before there was a penalty shout from Dilan Markanday after he appeared to have been fouled by Benjamin Nelson inside the Leicester box. Markanday was very surprised when the referee waived play on. After showing good skill out on the right flank Markanday whipped a promising ball across the face of the Leicester goal, and then at the other end of the pitch Wanya Marcal-Madivadua had an effort saved by the feet of Lo-Tutala, inside the Spurs box. A couple of minutes later Lo-Tutala then saved a deflected effort on goal from Marcal-Madivadua. After winning the ball on the edge of the Leicester box Harvey White had an effort saved by goalkeeper Brad Young. Spurs continued to play well, and Daley-Campbell blocked a headed effort on goal by Lyons-Foster from a Harvey White corner-kick, before Spurs managed to draw level. Another corner kick for Spurs, which was delivered by Harvey White, came eventually to Markanday down the left hand side of the Leicester box. Markanday whipped a low ball across the goal to Malachi Fagan-Walcott, who was able to guide the ball home from close range, 1-1.

Dilan Markanday continued to impress, and after showing some great skill with the ball he managed to win a free-kick for Spurs on the edge of the Leicester box. Free-kick specialist Harvey White stepped up to curl a superb effort towards the top right hand corner of the goal, off the underside off the bar and into the back of the goal, 2-1. Shortly after the game got back underway Lo-Tutala saved an effort from Marcal-Madivadua, before Santiago had an effort saved by Young at the other end of the pitch, in what was the final action of the half. Leicester got the second half underway and an early effort from Thanawat Suengchitthawon deflected off Kallum 

Cesay and over the Spurs goal. Lewis Brunt headed wide from a Leicester corner-kick, and then Spurs got their third goal of the game shortly afterwards. Harvey White’s cross into the box from the right flank was challenged in the air by Fagan-Walcott with the Leicester goalkeeper, with the ball then falling for Tobi Omole to score from with a first time effort, 3-1. Not long afterwards Spurs got their fourth goal of the game, as Leicester struggled to stop their very good and effective passing game. After receiving Lavinier’s pass, Dilan Markanday cut inside with the ball down the right hand side of the Leicester box. He then managed to find Harvey White in the centre of the box with a pass, and the Spurs midfielder was able to take a touch before finishing the ball past Brad Young, 4-1.

After skilfully going past a Leicester player Dilan Markanday had a low effort saved by Brad Young, before Kallum Cesay was shown a yellow card after making a foul. Romaine Mundle then came on to replace Yago Santiago. Mundle had a low effort saved by Brad Young. And then a pass from Mundle to Nile John resulted in the midfielder taking the ball to the edge of the Leicester box, before having a good effort saved by the Leicester goalkeeper, before Mundle was shown a yellow card shortly afterwards. A volleyed effort from Kasey McAteer was saved well by Lo-Tutala, as Leicester tried to get back into the game. Michael Craig replaced Jack Clarke, before Harvey White had a headed effort saved from a Marcel Lavinier cross. Lyons-Foster blocked an effort from a Leicester player well, and then Harvey White had a goal ruled out for offside. Jacob Wakeling headed wide Ethan Fitzhugh’s cross, and a couple of minutes later Matthew Craig entered the field, to replace Harvey White in midfield. After accidentally passing the ball to Romaine Mundle inside the Leicester box, the Spurs winger had a shot saved by Brad Young, before the ball came back to him and he passed it to Lyons-Foster, who hit the ball over the goal.

While attempting to get the ball off of Ethan Fitzhugh inside the Spurs penalty area Thimothée Lo-Tutala brought down the Leicester player, resulting in the referee pointing to the penalty spot. However, Lo-Tutala managed to save Kasey McAteer’s resulting effort, before then saving an effort from Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, not long after, and that was to be the final chance of the game. Wayne Burnett’s side host Everton at the Lamex Stadium on Friday evening, in their next Premier League 2 game.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Paris born goalkeeper made a number of saves in the Leicester match, including one to stop Kasey McAteer from the penalty spot. This was a good performance from Thimothée.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back linked up well with Dilan Markanday down the right flank, had a good game defensively and also went on some good forward runs.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: Playing on the right side of centre-half, defender Malachi Fagan-Walcott scored his first goal of the season with a finish from a Dilan Markanday pass, during the first half. However, defensively he had a solid game alongside Tobi Omole. Fagan-Walcott was also strong in the air.
  • Tobi Omole: The defender worked well alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, made some impressive passes out from defence and also defended well. 
  • Kallum Cesay: Playing at left-back Kallum Cesay looked good in defence and also got forward well on occasions.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Always looking to get on the ball in midfield, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster liked to make forward runs through the middle of the pitch to support the forwards when he could. Lyons-Foster played the game at a good intensity in midfield, and once again he allowed Harvey White to make those important forward runs in and around the Leicester box.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain had a really strong game in central midfield. Harvey White’s passing and delivery from set-pieces were consistently very good, but he also showed a real tenacity in midfield as well. The 20 year old took his free-kick goal excellently well.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Nile John: The CAM grew into the game as it went on, and he got on the ball a lot and was able to influence the game in a number of ways.
  • Yago Santiago: Playing out on the left flank Yago Santiago did go on some skilful runs, and he also linked up well with centre-forward for the evening Jack Clarke.
  • Jack Clarke: Playing at centre-forward Jack Clarke showed some good movement off the ball and he linked up well with the CAM and the wingers during his time on the pitch.
  • Romaine Mundle: The second half substitute had some good moments on the ball when he came on, and he used the ball well out on the left flank.
  • Michael Craig: Michael Craig came on to play in central midfield in the 79th minute of the game.
  • Matthew Craig: The 18 year old was a late substitute. Matthew played in central midfield.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. Playing out on the right flank for the game against Leicester City, winger Dilan Markanday was once again in my opinion Spurs’ most influential and creative player on the day. The 20 year old showed some tremendous skill, particularly during the first half on his forward runs, and he set-up Malachi Fagan-Walcott with a good pass from out on the left side of the Leicester box, for his goal. Dilan also won the free-kick from which Harvey White scored his first goal from, and he assisted Harvey for his second goal of the game, his seventh assist of the season. 

Spurs Under 18’s 0-3 Southampton: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side faced Southampton in a Premier League South game on Saturday, at Spurs’ Hotspur Way training centre. Spurs lost the game 3-0, and I thought that Southampton did deserve to win, and they were particularly strong in the second half of the match. First year scholar Luca Gunter started in goal for Spurs, while a defence consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Will Andiyapan and Jahziah Linton started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in midfield, and Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, and an early chance which came Jaden Williams’ way resulted in the Spurs forward trying his luck on goal from inside the Southampton box. However, the centre forward’s effort deflected behind off a Southampton defender, for a Spurs corner-kick. Léon Pambou blocked behind an effort from Rio Kyerematen, and then at the other end of the pitch the same Southampton player headed wide from Fedel Ross-Lang’s free-kick. Luca Gunter made his first save of the game shortly afterwards, when he saved Kaya Tshaka’s deflected effort on goal.

Brandon Bryan-Waugh was shown a yellow card on 18 minutes, as the game continued to be a close one. Gunter saved Fedel Ross-Lang’s effort from distance, before Joshua Squires came quite close to accidentally putting Maxwell McKnight’s fine cross into the box at the other end of the pitch into his own goal, but he did well in the end. Southampton player Tyler Dibling hit an effort over the Spurs goal, and then a couple of minutes later Jaden Williams had a looping headed effort from a corner-kick saved by Southampton goalkeeper Eddie Beach. After cutting inside onto his left foot, Tyler Dibling hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, and then Jimmy Morgan hit a deflected effort wide, with Fedel Ross-Lang then hitting an effort wide after receiving the ball down the left side of the Spurs box. After Dante Cassanova’s corner-kick came to him on the edge of the Southampton box just before half-time, Brandon Bryan-Waugh had a low effort saved by Eddie Beach, in what was the final chance of the half. Southampton got the second half underway. After Maxwell McKnight won a free-kick on the edge of the Southampton box, Jamie Donley stepped up to take it. However, his curling effort was saved by Eddie Beach.

McKnight then made an impressive headed clearance at the other end of the pitch, as he diverted Luke Pearce’s headed effort from a Southampton corner-kick onto the left hand post of Luca Gunter’s goal. Khalon Haysman came on to replace Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank shortly afterwards. Then in the 55th minute of the game Southampton took the lead. Southampton broke forward as Jimmy Morgan went forward with the ball down the right flank, before squaring the ball for Fedel Ross-Lang inside the Spurs penalty area, and he was able to slot the ball home from close range, 0-1. Jez Davies returned to replace Rio Kyerematen in midfield shortly afterwards, and afterwards Southampton had further chances to extend their lead. Jimmy Morgan had an effort saved by Gunter, before Fedel Ross-Lang had an effort blocked by Jahziah Linton, as Southampton missed a number of good chances. However, not long afterwards the away side did extend their advantage. Jimmy Morgan received the ball on the right flank, and he brought the ball into the Spurs box, before finding the bottom left hand corner of the Spurs goal, with a composed finish, 0-2.

Luca Gunter saved Luke Pearce’s headed effort well, before Spurs created a great chance to get a goal from. As Jahziah Linton played a pass through to Jaden Williams, who was was through on goal, but his effort was straight at Eddie Beach, who also saved McKnight’s effort on the follow up. Luke Pearce hit an effort over the Spurs goal, before Alfie Dorrington received a yellow card. At the end of a good Southampton move Tommy-Lee Higgs hit the ball over Luca Gunter’s goal. Billy Heaps then came on to replace Dante Cassanova in midfield, before in the final real moment of the game Southampton made it 3-0. As Tyler Dibling’s deflected effort from the edge of the Spurs penalty area went past Luca Gunter and into the back of the net, 0-3. Spurs will now travel to Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground next Saturday, in their final Premier League Cup group game of this season.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The goalkeeper made a number of good saves, and he also commanded his box well during the game.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: Making some good blocks and challenges down the right flank, I thought that this was another solid performance from the first year scholar.
  • Alfie Dorrington: The right sided centre-half defended well in the air and also showed his quality on the ball.
  • Will Andiyapan: Showing good pace in defence on occasions, Wales Under 17 international Will Andiyapan played on the left side of central-defence today, having played at left-back for most of the games this season.
  • Jahziah Linton: The left-back got up and down the left-flank well and he made one good clearance off the line in the second half.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain made some good passes from midfield against Southampton, during his time on the pitch.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Starting just above Dante Cassanova on the pitch, central-midfielder Rio Kyerematen completed 60 minutes of the match.
  • Maxwell McKnight: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jamie Donley: The Spurs CAM made some good passes during the game and he tried his best to create chances for Spurs.
  • Renaldo Torraj: It was a strong first half performance from Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank, and once again he showed some tremendous skill with the ball, during his time on the pitch.
  • Jaden Williams: Leading the line once again for Spurs, Jaden Williams pressed the Southampton defence well and he also worked very hard up front.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute played out on the left flank, and he was very direct with the ball during his time on the pitch.
  • Jez Davies: The midfielder returned today for the first time in a while, as he played in central midfield during the final 30 or so minutes of the match.
  • Billy Heaps: The late substitute was always looking to pass the ball forward from midfield.

My man of the match: Maxwell McKnight. The Colchester born full-back has been playing out on the right flank as a winger quite a bit this season, and today he put in a very good and direct performance, in my opinion. McKnight was quicker than the Southampton left-back, and he went on some really good and strong runs down the right flank, while also showing good ball control and skill. Maxwell also delivered some fine crosses into the Southampton box, and he tracked back well too.

Spurs Under 18’s 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side welcomed Brighton & Hove Albion to Hotspur Way on Saturday morning, for a Premier League South game. Spurs won the match 2-1, and it was another good team performance. Making his second competitive appearance of the season following his return from injury, Luca Gunter started in goal, while a back four consisting of Brandon Bryan-Waugh, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and William Andiyapan started in-front of him. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in central midfield, while Maxwell McKnight and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Brighton got the game underway on a cold day in Enfield, but the first chance of the game came Spurs’ way. McKnight passed the ball to Donley inside the Brighton box, but his effort was blocked behind for a corner kick. From the resulting corner kick from Dante Cassanova, the ball ended up coming to Donley, but his effort was saved well by the Brighton goalkeeper Fynn Talley, who made himself big. At the other end of the pitch Donley headed narrowly over Cassanova’s corner kick, before the Spurs forward then hit a free-kick wide. Alfie Dorrington received Spurs’ first yellow card of the game shortly afterwards.

After Jaden Williams had an effort on goal blocked by a Brighton defender, the ball came to Jamie Donley, who hit the crossbar from his deflected effort. After receiving William Andiyapan’s pass inside the Brighton box, Jaden Williams had a low effort saved by Fynn Talley. Joshua Duffus had an effort cleared off the line, before Spurs took the lead in the 37th minute of the game. The impressive Renaldo Torraj picked the ball up on the left flank, before cutting inside and going on a fine and skilful run towards the edge of the Brighton box. He then hit a wonderful and powerful effort past Talley and into the top right hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Shortly after the game got back underway Dante Cassanova received a yellow card, and then a couple of minutes after that Jack Hinshelwood volleyed over Samy Chouchane’s free-kick. Luca Gunter made an important save shortly afterwards to stop Marcus Ifill’s effort, in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Alfie Dorrington made a good block to stop Joshua Duffus from testing Luca Gunter. Then Jack Hinshelwood hit an effort just over the Spurs goal, before at the other end of the pitch Maxwell McKnight had an effort blocked. 

Spurs doubled their advantage after McKnight passed the ball to Donley, who then threaded a nice pass through to Rio Kyerematen down the right hand side of the Brighton box. The Spurs midfielder then calmly tucked the ball past the Brighton goalkeeper and into the back of the goal, 2-0. Brighton tried to respond, Jack Gee hit Luca Gunter’s crossbar before Kyerematen blocked a Brighton free-kick. Marcus Ifill had an effort blocked behind for a corner, inside of the Spurs box, before Brighton managed to get a goal back. Luca Gunter dropped a delivery into the box, and the ball fell for Jack Hinshelwood, who was able to score. However, Luca Gunter was not at all happy with the referee that the goal was allowed to stand, and soon afterwards he received a yellow card. Khalon Haysman came on to replace Renaldo Torraj out on the left flank, before Samy Chouchane hit an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. Elliot Jenks then headed just wide at the back post, after meeting Bailey Smith’s cross. 

Thomas Bloxham then replaced Jaden Williams, as Head Coach Stuart Lewis made his second change of the game. A deflected effort from Donley came to Rio Kyerematen inside the Brighton box. He was one on one with Fynn Talley, but the Brighton goalkeeper was able to save his effort from close range. After latching onto Jamie Donley’s pass down the left side of the Brighton penalty area, Thomas Bloxham skipped past a Brighton defender before having his effort saved by the Brighton goalkeeper, in what turned out to be the final chance of the game. Spurs’ next league game is after the international break, when they host in-form Southampton at Hotspur Way.

Player reviews:

  • Luca Gunter: The Spurs goalkeeper didn’t have a lot to do today, in regards to making saves. He did make one important save in the first half and he was unlucky to concede in the second half.
  • Brandon Bryan-Waugh: This was a solid performance at right-back from the first year scholar. Bryan-Waugh made some good challenges during the game.
  • Alfie Dorrington: Central-defender Alfie Dorrington was assertive in defence, made some good blocks and also led well from defence.
  • Archie Chaplin: I thought that this was another strong defensive performance from Archie Chaplin, overall. Chaplin showed his quality on the ball, but also in defence as well.
  • William Andiyapan: Playing at left-back Wales Under 17 international William Andiyapan read the game well down our left flank, and kept good positioning throughout the game.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain worked really hard in midfield, and he also worked well alongside Rio Kyerermaten. Cassanova broke up play well in the middle of the pitch.
  • Rio Kyerematen: Getting forward well from midfield, England Under 17 international Rio Kyerematen took his goal well in the second half, but he also kept good positioning in midfield.
  • Maxwell McKnight: Playing as a winger out on the right flank, Maxwell McKnight went on some strong forward runs down the right flank. He was always looking to take on the Brighton left-back.
  • Jamie Donley: The England Under 17 international had a couple of good chances in the first half, which he was unlucky not to score from. Donley worked well off the ball and his passing was good as well.
  • Renaldo Torraj: My man of the match, see below.
  • Jaden Williams: Making some good runs off the ball, centre-forward Jaden Williams led the line well and worked hard to try and influence the game.
  • Khalon Haysman: The second half substitute moved out to the left flank initially before moving to the CAM role.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The late substitute showed good skill to go past a Brighton defender, before having an effort saved by the goalkeeper, late on in the game.

My man of the match: Renaldo Torraj. Playing out on the left flank Renaldo Torraj gave the Brighton right-back a difficult game. Going on some really fine and skilful runs, the versatile player was creative and unpredictable out on the left flank, and he could even have won a penalty in the first half. It was a very strong first half performance from Renaldo, who took his goal excellently well.

Spurs Under 23’s 1-0 Manchester United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side faced Manchester United at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, in the Premier League 2. Wayne Burnett’s side won the match 1-0, thanks to a very late winner from Dilan Markanday. Spurs lined-up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while the defence included Kallum Cesay, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier. Captain Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster started in central midfield, and Jack Clarke and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Dane Scarlett led the line for Spurs. Manchester United got the game underway, but an early chance for Spurs saw Dilan Markanday hit an effort just wide from Dane Scarlett’s cross from the right flank. Marcel Lavinier then tested Manchester United goalkeeper Matej Kovar from the edge of the Manchester United penalty area, before Markanday had a low effort saved from the left. Thimothée Lo-Tutala saved Anthony Elanga’s effort, and then a couple of moments later Tobi Omole blocked an effort from Amad Diallo. After latching onto a loose ball Nile John hit an effort over the Manchester United goal, and then at the other end of the pitch Thimothée Lo-Tutala came out of his goal to make a challenge (from where I was it seemed to be inside his penalty area) and fouled Shola Shoretire, conceding a free-kick for the away side.

After being shown a yellow card Lo-Tutala saved Shoretire’s resulting free-kick, before Nile John blocked Isak Hansen-Aarøen’s effort. After the Manchester United players looked for a penalty from a supposed handball from Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Lo-Tutala made a save from Joe Hugill’s effort, before Shola Shoretire hit the post from inside the Spurs box. Lyons-Foster blocked Hansen-Aarøen’s effort, and then Fagan-Walcott blocked Hugill’s effort well. The unmarked Teden Mengi volleyed over Amad Diallo’s corner-kick, as Manchester United continued to play well. Lyons-Foster then made a good challenge on Anthony Elanga inside the Spurs box, before at the other end of the pitch John had an effort blocked, before then testing Matej Kovar in the Manchester United goal, in what was the final effort of the half. Spurs got the second half underway, and early on in the half Lo-Tutala saved well from Hansen-Aarøen’s effort, before Dane Scarlett headed wide from Harvey White’s corner-kick. Shortly afterwards Markanday received a pass from Harvey White inside the away team’s box, but his effort was well saved by the Manchester United goalkeeper.

Charlie Wellens volleyed an effort wide from distance, before Amad Diallo saw his effort on goal take a deflection off of Harvey White, before being saved by Lo-Tutala. Nile John hit an effort narrowly wide of the Manchester United goal, before at the other end of the pitch the newly introduced Charlie McNeill hit the side-netting of the Spurs goal. Yago Santiago came on for Jack Clarke, in what was Spurs’ first change of the game. After receiving Markanday’s pass, John had an effort saved from Kovar, before the Manchester United goalkeeper tipped over an effort from Harvey White. Romaine Mundle made his return from injury to replace Tobi Omole, and then a couple of minutes later Markanday won a free-kick on the edge of the Manchester United box, which Harvey White hit over the goal. Michael Craig then came on to replace Nile John in midfield, before Scarlett headed over Mundle’s cross. Then in the 92nd minute of the game Spurs took a deserved lead through their best player on the day – Dilan Markanday. Santiago’s low pass tried to be cleared by a Manchester United defender, but the ball came nicely to Markanday inside the away team’s box. Markanday showed good composure to powerfully hit a low effort past Kovar, and into the back of the goal, 1-0.

Björn Hardley headed over Amad Diallo’s corner-kick, before Yago Santiago had an effort blocked inside the Manchester United box, in what was the final piece of action of the game. This was another very good and deserve win for Spurs, who will play Brighton away in their next and final league game before the upcoming international break.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: The Spurs goalkeeper made a number of good saves for Spurs on Saturday, in what was a good performance from the France Under 19 international. 
  • Kallum Cesay: I thought that the right-back defended well against the talented Anthony Elanga, down Spurs’ right flank.
  • Malachi Fagan-Walcott: The right sided centre-half made an important block in the first half, and overall I thought that he defended solidly alongside Tobi Omole in central defence.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half had a strong game alongside Malachi Fagan-Walcott, during his time on the pitch against Manchester United.
  • Marcel Lavinier: I thought that the full-back defended solidly on Saturday and also got forward well on occasions as well.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster had a difficult job to do in midfield, as Manchester United focused a lot on trying to build from midfield, and also trying to be better and more influential than us in that area of the pitch. However, I thought that Harvey White and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster more than held their own in the centre of the pitch, and they complimented each other well. 
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: Making some good challenges and interceptions in midfield alongside Harvey White, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster’s overall reading of the game was good.
  • Jack Clarke: The winger who switched flanks with Dilan Markanday during the second half was very direct with the ball out in the wide positions.
  • Nile John: The CAM tried his luck on goal on numerous occasions, and he was very direct with the ball when going forward with it, and showed good skill as well. 
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dane Scarlett: The second year scholar led the line well for Spurs and worked very hard off the ball. His movement off the ball was as good as always.
  • Yago Santiago: The second half substitute helped to set-up Dilan Markanday’s winner, and he made a good impression on the game after he came on.
  • Romaine Mundle: The winger made his return from injury as he came on to play the final 12 minutes of normal time of the game.
  • Michael Craig: N/A.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. The 20 year old winger really grew into Saturday’s game, and after switching flanks with Jack Clarke he really started to cause Manchester United a lot of problems (he was good before switching flanks). Markanday took his goal really well again, and his directness and excellent skill on the ball was very impressive. He really liked to cut inside onto his favoured left foot after switching onto the right flank during the second half.

Spurs Under 23’s 3-4 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side returned to Premier League 2 action on Monday evening, when Wayne Burnett’s side played West Ham United, at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium. Spurs lost what was a very lively match 4-3. Joshua Oluwayemi started in goal, while a back four consisting of Marcel Lavinier, Marqes Muir, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay started in front of him. Matthew Craig and Spurs’ captain Harvey White started in midfield, and Jack Clarke and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John. Alfie Devine led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, but it was the visitors who started the game better. After Tobi Omole cleared Armstrong Okoflex’s cross early on in the game, West Ham managed their first goal attempt. Pierre Ekwah headed behind Harrison Ashby’s corner-kick, with it taking a deflection on the way. After initially saving well from Okoflex’s low effort, Oluwayemi could do nothing to stop Pierre Ekwah from finding the top left hand corner of the goal in emphatic fashion from distance, moments later, 0-1. Spurs tried to respond. Harvey White’s through-ball pass allowed Jack Clarke to run forward with the ball towards the edge of the West Ham box. Clarke was dispossessed by a West Ham defender, but the ball came to Nile John, who powerfully found the inside netting of the bottom left hand corner of the West Ham goal, 1-1.

In the 16th minute of the game Spurs managed to take the lead, as Alfie Devine latched onto Nile John’s well weighted through-ball pass, before continuing forward, striking the inside left post, with the ball then rebounding into the goal, 2-1. Harvey White then blocked a low effort on goal from inside the Spurs box, before Dilan Markanday hit over a Harvey White corner-kick from close range inside the West Ham box. The lively start to the game continued, and after Daniel Chesters received Keenan Forson’s pass, the winger continued forward before powerfully finding the back of the Spurs goal, with a low effort. Things got even better for West Ham not long afterwards, as Spurs defender Marqes Muir accidentally turned Harrison Ashby’s cross from the right flank, into his own goal, 2-3. After cutting inside from the left flank onto his right foot, Kallum Cesay tried his luck on goal, but West Ham goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi made a good save. Armstrong Okoflex’s side-footed effort from distance went narrowly wide, before at the other end of the pitch Markanday had an effort blocked. Jack Clarke hit a promising effort across the face of the West Ham goal, before the same Spurs player ended up being fouled inside the West Ham penalty area a couple of moments later, resulting in a penalty kick. Nile John stepped up to powerfully find the back of the net, 3-3.

Okoflex put a low cross just behind at Oluwayemi’s back post, and then a couple of minutes later Harvey White had an effort saved by Hegyi, in what was the final action from the first half. West Ham got the second half underway, and an early chance for Sonny Perkins ended in the centre-forward hitting an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. Lavinier managed to cut out a promising West Ham pass inside the Spurs box, and then Tobi Omole was adjudged by the referee to have fouled Keenan Forson inside the penalty area. Up stepped Armstrong Okoflex to powerfully side-foot the ball past Oluwayemi in the Spurs goal, 3-4. Oluwayemi gathered an effort on goal before Spurs made a double substitution, as Matthew Craig and Alfie Devine were replaced by Yago Santiago and Michael Craig. Keenan Forson struck the Spurs crossbar with an effort, and then Brooklyn Lyons-Foster came onto replace Marcel Lavinier at right-back. Nile John hit two efforts wide in quick succession, before Kallum Cesay became the first Spurs player to receive a yellow card during the game. Harvey White hit a free-kick into the West Ham wall, and then at the other end of the pitch substitute Thierry Nevers hit a bicycle-kick just over Oluwayemi’s goal. Dilan Markanday tried to get an equaliser for Spurs in second half additional time, but he couldn’t keep his effort on target. The final score was Spurs 3-4 West Ham. Spurs will travel up to Manchester to play Manchester City in their next Premier League 2 game, which is on Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The Spurs goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent any of West Ham’s four goals from going in. Oluwayemi made a couple of good saves during the match. 
  • Marcel Lavinier: The right-back cut out two good and promising chances for West Ham, during his time on the pitch. 
  • Marqes Muir: The right-sided centre-half started alongside Tobi Omole in central defence, and Marqes Muir was good in the air throughout the match.
  • Tobi Omole: The central-defender started as a left-sided centre-half against West Ham. Omole went down injured during the second half, but was fine to continue afterwards.
  • Kallum Cesay: Going on some good runs down the left flank, full-back Kallum Cesay had a good effort saved during the first half.
  • Matthew Craig: The deepest of the two central midfielders patrolled the midfield alongside Harvey White.
  • Harvey White: Delivering some good corner-kicks into the West Ham box, midfielder Harvey White also made some good forward runs off the ball.
  • Jack Clarke: The winger started the match out on the right flank, but later switched flanks with Dilan Markanday during the second half. Clarke won the first half penalty which Nile John scored.
  • Nile John: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dilan Markanday: The winger may not have had a lot of the ball against West Ham, but on another day he could have had a goal or two. He grew into the game as it went on.
  • Alfie Devine: Playing as a centre-forward Alfie Devine had in my opinion another good game. Making some good runs off the ball, Devine took his first half goal really well – it was his sixth league goal of the season.
  • Michael Craig: The midfielder and second half substitute often got forward during his time on the pitch.
  • Yago Santiago: The second half substitute played as a centre-forward.
  • Brooklyn Lyons-Foster: The late substitute replaced Marcel Lavinier at right-back.

My man of the match: Nile John. Always looking to receive the ball, CAM Nile John was without doubt Spurs’ most influential player against West Ham. John scored two well taken goals, and also registered an assist. The midfielder was always looking to play the ball forward and take players on.

Spurs Under 23’s 3-4 Crystal Palace: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 23 side were involved in a thrilling match against Crystal Palace, at the South London club’s training ground on Friday afternoon. Wayne Burnett’s side lost the match 4-3, although they had fought back from being 3-0 down, to get back to 3-3 during the second half. Joshua Oluwayemi started in goal for Spurs, while a back four consisting of Matthew Craig, Marqes Muir, Tobi Omole and Kallum Cesay lined up in front of him. Captain Harvey White and Nile John started in central midfield, and Jack Clarke and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Yago Santiago led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game underway, but it didn’t start well for Spurs. Crystal Palace took the lead after just five minutes, through defender Jay Rich-Baghuelou. After a corner kick came to Jesuran Rak-Sakyi just inside the Spurs box, he looped it back into the centre of the penalty area, where he found Rich-Baghuelou, who got up well to head the ball past Oluwayemi, who managed to get a hand on the ball and into the back of the net, 0-1. Kallum Cesay had an effort from the edge of the Crystal Palace box saved, before the home side doubled their advantage. After receiving the ball on the right flank Jesuran Rak-Sakyi went into the Spurs box before going to the byline and then cutting back inside and finding the inside left hand corner of the goal, 0-2.

A powerful effort from Markanday inside the Crystal Palace box was well saved by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Joe Whitworth, before the ball came to Clarke, whose effort was cleared onto the post by defender Jack Wells-Morrison. Oluwayemi did well to tip over Jesuran Rak-Sakyi’s effort over his goal, before Rob Street headed over a corner kick from Scott Banks, and then a couple of minutes later Devine tracked back to make an excellent challenge on Street inside the Spurs box. Crystal Palace made it 3-0 in the 24th minute of the game. After winning the ball off of Marqes Muir in defence Rob Street took the ball into the Spurs box before then curling the ball in off the post, and into the the right hand corner of the goal. David Omilabu whipped a promising ball across the face of the Spurs goal, but Spurs tried to respond. After Clarke had won a free-kick in a promising position, Harvey White had a curling effort saved by Joe Whitworth. Then Kallum Cesay had a headed effort blocked by Sean Robertson inside the Crystal Palace box. Harvey White had a free-kick from the the right flank gathered by Joe Whitworth, before at the other end of the pitch Joshua Oluwayemi saved really well with his feet from a low effort from Scott Banks inside the Spurs box. Markanday was beginning to really grow into the game, and he had an effort saved by Whitworth, before helping to start the move which led to Spurs getting a goal back.

Markanday passed the ball to Santiago on the left flank, he then entered the Crystal Palace box, and showed some great skill before seeing his cross dropped by Whitworth. Then Devine managed to just get a foot on the ball and direct it into the goal, although Crystal Palace defender Reece Hannam may well have got the final touch on the ball. The referee sounded his whistle for half-time soon afterwards. Crystal Palace got the second half underway and it was the home team who had the first chance of the goal. Jake O’Brien’s header from a corner kick was saved by Oluwayemi. Nile John then had an effort blocked, before Alfie Devine’s deflected effort from just outside the Crystal Palace box went just wide of the goal. Hannam blocked behind Markanday’s shot inside the Crystal Palace box, and then as Spurs continued to play well Devine headed Harvey White’s corner kick towards goal, but Whitworth was able to save. Nile John’s effort on goal was saved before Dilan Markanday got Spurs’ second goal of the game. The Spurs winger had a shot blocked before managing to latch onto the loose ball inside the Crystal Palace box. He then powerfully hit the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 2-3. Less than two minutes later Spurs got an equaliser. Santiago passed the ball to Markanday out on the right flank, he then skilfully worked his way into the Crystal Palace box, before cutting the ball back for Kallum Cesay on the edge of the box. Cesay’s side footed first time effort on his right foot found the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 3-3.

After receiving Santiago’s pass inside the Crystal Palace box Nile John had a low effort saved by Whitworth. A Crystal Palace free-kick in a really promising position on the edge of the Spurs box, resulted in Scott Banks stepping up to take it. The midfielder curled a really good effort up and over the Spurs wall and into the top right hand corner of Oluwayemi’s goal, 3-4. An excellent challenge by Jay Rich-Baghuelou on Markanday inside the Crystal Palace box stopped Spurs from drawing level again. At the other end of the pitch Markanday cleared well from a Crystal Palace cross. John was shown a yellow card for stopping a Crystal Palace counter attack, and then Michael Craig came on to replace Jack Clarke. After latching onto a through-ball from Scott Banks, Rob Street hit the ball over the Spurs goal, after having been through on goal. Markanday had a shot blocked inside the Crystal Palace box, before Crystal Palace had a chance to extend their lead. A headed effort was cleared off the line, after Oluwayemi was unable to gather a corner kick. Yago Santiago then won a free-kick on the edge of the Crystal Palace box, which Harvey White curled narrowly over. Maksim Paskotši came on to replace Yago Santiago for the latter stages of the game. Markanday had another shot blocked inside the Crystal Palace box, before Cesay headed wide from a cross from the 20 year old. The referee then sounded his whistle a couple of minutes later. Spurs’ next game at this level is on the 18th of October, against West Ham United in the Premier League 2.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: The Spurs goalkeeper made a decent number of saves, including a very good and impressive one with his feet during the first half.
  • Matthew Craig: The right-back often stayed deep to help out the defence, and he didn’t often get forward too much during the game.
  • Marqes Muir: The 18 year old centre-half played as a right sided centre-half against Crystal Palace. Muir liked to bring the ball out of defence, alongside Tobi Omole.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half made some good forward passes, and like Marqes Muir he liked to bring the ball out from the defence.
  • Kallum Cesay: The left-back for this game took his goal really well, and he also went on some fine runs both with and without the ball down the left flank.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain was playing as the deepest of the two midfielders against Crystal Palace, and I thought that his passing was good.
  • Nile John: Trying his luck on goal on occasions, the central midfielder got into some good positions both inside and around the Crystal Palace box.
  • Jack Clarke: Starting the game really well and having a strong first half, where he liked to try and take on players for pace and skill, Jack Clarke later switched flanks with Dilan Markanday in the second half.
  • Alfie Devine: Once again playing as a CAM, Alfie Devine’s tremendous work rate helped the team out a lot. Devine got another goal for Spurs, to get Spurs back into the game, and he also came quite close to getting a second in the second half.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Yago Santiago: The Spurs centre-forward led the line well I thought. He showed good skill and also pressed the defence well. He played a big part in helping to create our opening goal of the game.
  • Michael Craig: The second half substitute played in midfield after being introduced to the game. 
  • Maksim Paskotši: The Estonia international slotted into the back four after he came on late on in the game.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. Without doubt Spurs’ most influential player against Crystal Palace, winger Dilan Markanday got a goal and assist for the second game this week. He played well in the first half, but during the second half the 20 year old really helped to get Spurs back into the game. Creating and scoring our second goal of the game by himself after switching flanks with Jack Clarke, Dilan then created Kallum Cesay’s goal to make it 3-3, after taking the ball into the Crystal Palace box and then passing the ball to Cesay.

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

Spurs’ Under 23 side played their latest Premier League 2 match on Monday night, when they faced Derby County at the Lamex Stadium, in Stevenage. Wayne Burnett’s side won 3-1 against Derby County, and it was a deserved win for Spurs despite Derby improving in the second half. Joshua Oluwayemi started in goal, while a back four consisting of Kallum Cesay, Marqes Muir, Tobi Omole and Marcel Lavinier lined up in front of him. Captain Harvey White and Nile John started in central midfield. Dilan Markanday and Jack Clarke started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Alfie Devine. Dane Scarlett led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the game started and it was from their first real attack of the game that they took the lead. After Nile John received the ball quite far out from the Derby penalty area he went on a surging forward run. He eventually took the ball to edge of the Derby box before hitting the ball well and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 1-0. Tobi Omole cleared a promising cross into the Spurs box shortly after the game got started again, before Max Bardell headed the ball onto the Spurs crossbar a couple of minutes later from a corner. Jack Clarke hit a free-kick over the Derby goal, just before Spurs doubled their lead in the 20th minute of the game. Jack Clarke’s good lofted pass managed to find Dilan Markanday out on the right flank. He travelled forward with the ball towards the edge of the Derby box, before finding the bottom right hand corner of the goal with a powerful low effort, 2-0.

A low cross/shot from Devine on the left was gathered by Derby goalkeeper Harrison Foulkes, before a Harvey White free-kick found Jack Clarke inside the Derby box. Clarke’s resulting effort was cleared off the line, before the ball came to Marqes Muir, but his powerful effort was then saved by Foulkes. Derby got a goal back in the 27th minute of the game. A ball over the top to Connor Dixon resulted in him entering the Spurs box before squaring the ball for Luke Plange, who finished past Oluwayemi and into the goal from a first time effort, 2-1. Nile John had an effort saved by Foulkes inside the Derby box, and then a couple of moments later he had an effort blocked. After receiving Marcel Lavinier’s low cross Devine had a low effort saved by Foulkes, in what was the final piece of action from the first half. Derby got the second half underway but Spurs had made a half-time change as Dane Scarlett had been replaced by Yago Santiago. A Derby player had an effort blocked before another Derby forward then hit an effort just wide of Oluwayemi’s goal. Dilan Markanday’s cross from the right flank was met well by Yago Santiago inside the centre of the Derby box, but his first time effort was well saved by Harrison Foulkes. At the other end of the pitch and after latching onto the ball down the left side of the Spurs box Reece Hutchinson hit an effort just wide of the Spurs goal. 

Tobi Omole received a yellow card before Jordan Brown hit the resulting free-kick wide of the Spurs goal. Luke Plange had an effort well saved by Oluwayemi, and then at the other end of the pitch John hit Devine’s cross from the right flank wide. Harvey White had a volleyed effort cleared behind, while a couple of minutes later Connor Dixon hit a free-kick into the Spurs wall. Dilan Markanday had an effort well blocked inside the Derby box as the game continued to be open. Oluwayemi dealt very well with a good Derby cross into the Spurs box, and then Spurs went forward – with Lavinier finding Markanday in the Derby box, but his powerful low effort was well saved by Foulkes. However, Spurs secured all three points through Alfie Devine. Jack Clarke had a cross into the Derby box cleared, but only to Santiago, who passed the ball to Markanday. He went past a Derby defender really well before squaring the ball to Devine, who controlled the ball well before finishing into the back of the net, 3-1. Matthew Craig replaced Jack Clarke, before Spurs came close to getting a fourth goal. Santiago received Lavinier’s pass inside the Derby box, he then gave it to Harvey White, who had made a really good run, but his effort was saved by Foulkes. Harvey White then had a late effort blocked by Max Bardell, in what was the final piece of action from the game. Spurs’ next game at this level is on Friday, when they face Crystal Palace at their training ground in the Premier League 2.

Player reviews:

  • Joshua Oluwayemi: Commanding his penalty area well once again, Joshua Oluwayemi didn’t have too many saves to make, but he dealt well with crosses and set-pieces.
  • Kallum Cesay: Once again going on some good and skilful runs, Kallum Cesay played at right-back against Derby.
  • Marqes Muir: Strong in the air and working well alongside Tobi Omole again in central defence, Marqes Muir worked very hard again against Derby, and he was tested a lot more in the second half of the match.
  • Tobi Omole: The left sided centre-half showed good experience in situations against Derby. 
  • Marcel Lavinier: Playing at left-back for this match, Marcel Lavinier wasn’t afraid to go forward to support Jack Clarke in the final third.
  • Harvey White: The Spurs captain played as the most deep-lying midfielder, but he made some good and ambitious forward passes. The 20 year old also made one good late run into the box to receive the ball, but was unlucky not to score.
  • Nile John: Taking his early goal really well and showing good skill on the ball throughout. This was another good and direct performance from the first year professional.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Alfie Devine: The CAM’s work-rate and desire to press the defence was very impressive. Devine was never stood still and he was always looking to receive the ball, but he once again drifted out wide and made some clever runs into the Derby box. Devine took his late goal well.
  • Jack Clarke: Setting up Dilan Markanday for his goal by making a good lofted pass, throughout the game whenever Clarke received the ball he was always very direct and enthusiastic.
  • Dane Scarlett: The centre-forward led the line well, held the ball up well and also worked hard inside the Derby half.
  • Yago Santiago: During the second half the substitute made some clever runs off the ball and he also came close to scoring early on in the half.
  • Matthew Craig: The late substitute played in central midfield and showed good enthusiasm on the pitch, and was always looking to pass the ball forward.

My man of the match: Dilan Markanday. While the winger was once again very good going forward, I was very impressed again with his tireless tracking back and also the good challenges that he made. Markanday took his goal really well and also went past a Derby defender with great skill to set-up Alfie Devine for his goal. Unlucky not to extend his goal tally during the game, this was yet another very good performance from the player from Barnet. I really do hope that he starts for Spurs’ first team on Thursday night against NŠ Mura.

Spurs Under 18’s 3-0 West Ham United: (match report)

Spurs’ Under 18 side hosted fellow London side West Ham United at Hotspur Way in a league meeting on Saturday morning. Spurs won what was a very lively match 3-0, with Jamie Donley, Jaden Williams and Rio Kyerematen getting Spurs’ goals. Spurs lined up with Thimothée Lo-Tutala in goal, while Maxwell McKnight, Alfie Dorrington, Archie Chaplin and Will Andiyapan lined up in defence. Captain Dante Cassanova and Rio Kyerematen started in central midfield, and Khalon Haysman and Renaldo Torraj started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Jamie Donley. Jaden Williams led the line for Spurs. Spurs got the match underway. Renaldo Torraj headed away an early headed effort on the Spurs goal before Alfie Dorrington blocked Regan Clayton’s effort inside the Spurs penalty area. Divin Mubama headed just over the Spurs goal from a cross, as West Ham started the game well. However, Spurs took the lead in the 14th minute of the game through Jamie Donley. Maxwell McKnight’s lofted pass over the top of the West Ham defence set Donley through on goal, and with the West Ham goalkeeper off his line the Northern Ireland Under 19 international decided to try a lobbed effort on goal. Donley’s looping effort went over the West Ham goalkeeper and bounced into the back of the goal, 1-0. Not long afterwards Regan Clayton lost the ball just outside of the West Ham box, and Jaden Williams was there to receive the ball, enter the West Ham box and finish low past Jacob Knightbridge and into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, 2-0.

Lo-Tutala saved a free-kick from Archie Woods before Archie Chaplin lost the ball to Woods, who then hit an effort across the face of the Spurs goal. Dante Cassanova had an effort blocked before George Earthy hit an effort over from the edge of the Spurs box. After Jaden Williams had won the ball off of Archie Woods he tried to catch the goalkeeper off his line from distance, but his effort went wide. Donley had a headed effort saved from Khalon Haysman’s cross, before the final piece of action of the half saw Renaldo Torraj latch onto McKnight’s cross inside the West Ham box. The Spurs wingers resulting effort hit against the woodwork. West Ham got the second half underway. Khalon Haysman was shown a yellow card for a challenge, before Maxwell McKnight was also shown a yellow card a couple of minutes later. Substitute Gideon Kadua had an effort well saved by Lo-Tutala from close range, in what was West Ham’s best chance of the game so far. Jacob Knightbridge tipped behind Haysman’s curling effort inside the West Ham box, and then from the following corner kick Rio Kyerematen met Dante Cassanova’s very good ball into the box, and headed it past the West Ham goalkeeper, despite his best efforts, 3-0. Jamie Donley was shown a yellow card shortly after the restart, and then a couple of moments later Will Andiyapan prevented Gideon Kadua from being through on goal, by making a very good and well timed challenge.

Renaldo Torraj had an effort blocked, and then Spurs made their first change of the game as George Abbott came on to replace Renaldo Torraj. Abbott was fouled soon after coming on, by Asher Falase, who was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off. Thomas Bloxham replaced Khalon Haysman a couple of minutes before Jaden Williams headed an effort just over the West Ham goal from Dante Cassanova’s corner kick. Lo-Tutala saved well from Gideon Kadua’s headed effort, before Maxwell McKnight came off to be replaced by Jahziah Linton. A long ball over the top allowed Gideon Kadua to be through on goal, but his low effort went wide of the goal. Regan Clayton then hit an effort over the Spurs goal from distance, before at the other end of the pitch Williams cut the ball back inside the West Ham box for substitute George Abbott, but his effort went wide. George Earthy hit a late effort over, before Dorrington headed over Cassanova’s free-kick, in what was the final piece of action from the game. Spurs’ next game at this level is away to West Brom in the league – next Saturday.

Player reviews:

  • Thimothée Lo-Tutala: Making a couple of good and important saves and commanding his box well, I thought that the France Under 19 international had a good game.
  • Maxwell McKnight: The right-back got the assist for Spurs’ opening goal of the game after making a good pass over the top of the West Ham defence to set-up Jamie Donley. McKnight played well today and also got forward well too.
  • Alfie Dorrington: It was an assertive performance from the right-sided centre-half. Dorrington was good in the air, kept good positioning throughout the game and also made some good challenges as well.
  • Archie Chaplin: My man of the match, see below.
  • Will Andiyapan: Starting at left-back and then later switching to right-back for the latter stages of the game, Wales Under 17 international Will Andiyapan had another good and solid game. Andiyapan made a really important and courageous challenge to stop Gideon Kadua from being through on goal during the second half.
  • Dante Cassanova: The Spurs captain impressed with his excellent deliveries from set-pieces today, and the midfielder also played well in the central areas of the pitch. 
  • Rio Kyerematen: The midfielder went on some good forward runs through the middle off the pitch, worked hard off the ball and also took his second half goal well.
  • Khalon Haysman: Playing out of position out on the right flank against West Ham – Khalon Haysman got stuck in defensively, tracked back well and also got forward well with the ball on occasions.
  • Jamie Donley: Showing good skill on the ball Jamie Donley took his first half goal excellently. Donley made some good passes and runs into good areas of the pitch, and he pressed the defence really well. 
  • Renaldo Torraj: Making some good forward runs off the ball, left-winger for the match Renaldo Torraj came very close to scoring just before half-time.
  • Jaden Williams: The Spurs centre-forward led the line really well again. Williams took his goal well, moved well off the ball and came close to scoring more goals on the day.
  • George Abbott: The second half substitute was lively out on the left flank and he came close to scoring during his time on the pitch.
  • Thomas Bloxham: The second half substitute went out to play on the right flank, where he was forward thinking whenever he received the ball.
  • Jahziah Linton: The late substitute filled in at left-back for Spurs on Saturday.

My man of the match: Archie Chaplin. Carrying on from his impressive performance against Reading two weeks ago, central defender and schoolboy footballer Archie Chaplin did well once again for the Spurs Under 18 side today. Like Alfie Dorringotn he was assertive in defence, kept good positioning and passed the ball out well from the back. Early on in the game Chaplin made an important challenge to stop a West Ham forward from being through on goal, and he also made some more tackles during the game, as him and Dorrington complimented each other well. I was impressed with how he has stepped up to play for Spurs at this level, and hopefully he’ll start again against West Brom next Saturday.