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

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

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”We’ve come up against two League Two teams and one League One team in this competition and at times we’ve competed well, we’ve played some decent football but we’ve come up short. Yes, the players are still developing but part of their development is understanding how to win and we haven’t done that again. We’ve very disappointed in the goals conceded but we have to learn from that. We understand mistakes might happen but we have to learn and that’s the key thing for these young players.“ (Wayne Burnett)

After taking my seat at Barnets new stadium ‘the hive’ I looked around in awe at the stadium, it’s a lovely little ground with a pristine and modern feel about it, I also noticed whilst walking in, that the training ground is right next to the stadium. Enough of that, the reason I was there was to see our under 21’s final Checkatrade trophy game of the season, on paper it was a dead rubber with both sides unable to advance to the knockout stages, this game was all about playing for pride. And Burnett’s lads done just that, they put in a spirited display really taking the game to Barnet in the first half, leading deservedly at the interval. However, the bees experience shone through in the second half, they took control of the game and managed to put two past our defence to comfortably see out the tie on a bitterly cold evening. Former Spurs man Shaq Coulthirst embraced Spurs’ head of Academy development John McDermott prior to kick off, and the former Academy player had the first chance of the game. When the forward had a go from range, his effort sailing high above Whiteman’s goal. Barnet fired narrowly wide moments later as they looked to put a foothold on the game. The bees fine start to the game continued a couple of minutes later, goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman managing to palm a dangerous cross away, but it fell right to veteran defender Michael Nelson who smashed the ball against the upright.

Shayon Harrison tested Ross with a thumping effort from range as Spurs looked to get into the game. Moments after our first goal attempt of the game, we took the lead courtesy of a stunning strike from Harrison. Edwards started the move off, showing some good feet before picking out Bennetts down the left channel, he surged forward before putting in a delicious cross into the box which was met on the half volley by Harrison, whose emphatic finished hit the roof of the net, 1-0. Jack Roles was a calming presence in the midfield, almost pulling off a brilliant through ball shortly after the restart. Whiteman did well to gather Kyei’s cross before Maghoma threw himself in the way of Fonguck’s effort to prevent a goalscoring opportunity. Barnet should have levelled from the resulting corner, Nelson’s bullet header darting inches wide of Whiteman’s far post. Barnet were looking dangerous on the break, Whiteman had to be alert to stop a powerful low effort on 23 minutes as Barnet continued to threaten our defence. Alex Nicholls 20 yard thunderbolt was only stopped by a heroic fingertip save from Whiteman, as Spurs continued to cling on. Spurs continued their impressive forward play, Harrison bending an effort wide on the half hour mark. Ryan Watson almost caught Whiteman out with his dipping free kick which struck the cross bar as Spurs continued to defend well. Marsh marking a vital block soon afterwards inside the area.

The lively Marcus Edwards was proving to be Spurs’ most creative player, one such promising run saw the starlet pick out Eyoma down the right, the fullbacks cross being met by no one inside the box. The second half saw a more clinical Barnet team, who took there chance to equalise just after the restart. The prominent Vilhete’s dangerous cross was most unfortunately turned into his own net by Maghoma who tried to clear. The young centre half was clearly distraught as he looked to the sky. Barnet went on the offensive, testing Whiteman with a thumping effort soon afterwards before forcing Maghoma into making a good block. Barnet had taken control of the game whilst Spurs struggled to get the ball out of their half. However, we did manage to create a good chance after Roles won the ball in the central area of midfield. He played in Edwards who embarked on a promising run before slipping in Harrison inside the box, his effort from a tight angle hitting the side netting. Then came a disappointing goal to concede after Nicholls put Barnet ahead on 57 minutes. It was a poor goal to concede Whiteman was caught napping with the ball at his feet, being pressed by Nicholls he panicked smashing the ball off the Barnet man, with it rebounding into the back of his net, 1-2. Barnet were in the ascendancy, Coulthirst firing narrowly over moments later. Then a bees man managed to cut in from the left before firing an effort straight at the Spurs keeper. The prominent George Marsh made a brilliant sliding challenge to halt the home team who then fired the ball across the face of the Spurs goal.

A rare Spurs attack saw Harrison and Bennetts combine well on the edge of the Barnet box, the former being tripped inside the area upon receiving the ball (should have been a penalty). The newly introduced Samuel Shashoua brought some much needed energy into the game his intricate play giving Spurs another option going forward. Barnet could well have got their third after firing over from close range, as George Marsh managed to get a good block in soon after. Roles showed good late vision to put Sterling through on goal in a golden late chance for Spurs. The strikers effort being blocked by a combination of Ross and Barnet defenders who scrambled the ball clear. But the ball managed to come straight back into the danger area, Shashoua received the ball 10 or so yards out from goal, he tried placing his effort which was well met by Ross. The final score Spurs under 21’s 1-2 Barnet. COYS

 

Player reviews:
– Alfie Whiteman: Made some decent stops and dealt with crosses well, he will however be disappointed at conceding the winner.
– TJ Eyoma: Composed and efficient dealt with danger coming down the right flank well.
– Keanan Bennetts: Produced a brilliant assist for the opener, embarked on some lovely forward runs down the left, and also done his defensive shift well.
– George Marsh: Had a great game, made some terrific blocks/challenges.
– Christian Maghoma: Done a good job, defended well and made some important blocks.
– Japhet Tanganga: Commanding performance, very composed from the skipper.
– Jack Roles: Brilliant display from Roles, on a rare start the central midfielder showcased his talents. Breaking up play really well, showing great vision and creativity. And using his ability to find pockets of space to relieve the Spurs lads of pressure on occasions.
– Luke Amos: Efficient and tidy.
– Shayon Harrison: My motm see below.
– Ryan Loft: Worked his socks off, held up the ball really well.
– Marcus Edwards: Lively throughout the game created a string of fine chances.
– Samuel Shashoua: Bright cameo, brought energy to the game and worked some good forward moves. Pressed relentlessly.

My man of the match: Shayon Harrison. This was a close one between Harrison and Roles, but I’m going to give it to the 20 year old centre forward who put in an excellent shift up top. Harrison looked very sharp (bearing in mind he had a long injury lay off) he pressed the defenders well and oozed with confidence. I’ve long been a fan of the striker since his under 18 days. Harrison made some intelligent runs against Barnet, he was lively and didn’t hesitate to try his luck from range. He took his goal brilliantly and was unlucky not to have got another. That’s four goals from seven games for the youngster since returning from a lengthy injury lay off, I really hope to see him in the first team fold again soon.

 

Barnet: Ross, Taylor, Blackman, Watson, Santos, Nelson (c), Nicholls, Fonguck (Coker 82), Coulthirst (Amaluzor 78), Vilhete, Kyei (Tutonda 78). Substitutes (not used): McKenzie-Lyle, Payne, Aghadiuno, Pascal.

Spurs U21s: Whiteman, Eyoma, Bennetts, Marsh, C Maghoma, Tanganga (c), Roles, Amos (S Shashoua 72), Harrison, Edwards (Sterling 81), Loft (Tracey 63). Substitutes (not used): O’Reilly, Skipp, Pritchard.

Goals: Barnet – Maghoma (OG) 48, Nicholls 57; Spurs – Harrison 16.

Referee: Lee Collins.

Attendance: 445.

U23’s 2017/18 statistics: Top scorers: Sterling-7
Loft-1
Duncan-2
Edwards-4
Tanganga-1
Pritchard-3
S.Shashoua-5
Bennetts: 1
Tracey-1
Harrison-4

Assists: Skipp-1
Miller-1
Sterling-
Pritchard-4
Edwards-3
Tracey-3
Eyoma-1
S.Shashoua-1
Brown-1
Sterling-3
Bennetts-3
Marsh-1

Some highlights from the game: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=If1MPbEh6pE&feature=youtu.be

 

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Spurs under 21’s versus Barnet: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Barnet: (match preview)

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Wayne Burnett’s development side will make the short trip across North London on Tuesday evening, to face league two club Barnet in their final Checkatrade trophy game of the season. The final group game for both sides who have already been eliminated from the competition, will be a bit of a dead rubber game especially for the league two club who are currently languishing near the bottom of the league two table. However, for our lads it will be viewed as another vital learning experience. Having given a really good account of ourselves in our previous two games in the competition, against AFC Wimbledon and Luton respectively, this game could present the opportunity for some under 18 players to feature. Of course our lads will want to end the campaign on a high with a win, but they’ll want to express themselves just like they did in the previous two games which they both could have won. After suffering a narrow PL2 defeat away to Man City on Saturday, Burnett will probably rotate his squad. Mark McGhee’s struggling bees side have only won once in their last 16 games, but there team has been bolstered by the return of prolific striker John Akinde from injury. Another talented attacking player is former Spurs man Shaquille Coulthirst who has been in excellent form for the bees so far this season. It promises to be an intriguing game (kick off:8pm) for our youngsters and one which will be another great experience. I will be reporting on the game, and shall have my match report published by the following day. COYS

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Austin, Eyoma, Maghoma,Lyons-Foster, Bennetts , Skipp, P.Maghoma, Tracey, Pritchard(c), S.Shashoua, Sterling

Subs from: De Bie, Marsh, Brown, Harrison, Loft.

Doubtful: Duncan, Tsaroulla, Dinzeyi, Omolabi, Edwards?

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Samuel Shashoua, Shayon Harrison and Keanan Bennetts.

One to watch: The bees forward Shauille Coulthirst will be a familiar name for Spurs fans, the former Spurs youngster who played once for our senior side. Has started the season in fine form with 8 league goals.

Spurs under 21’s versus AFC Wimbledon: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus AFC Wimbledon: (match preview)

Date: Tuesday 3 October, kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Kingsmeadow
Referee: N/A

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Wayne Burnett’s development side will make the short trip to southwest London on Tuesday evening to face league one club AFC Wimbledon, in their second Checkatrade trophy game of the season. Following on from a valiantly earned point against Luton on game day one, our youngsters know the importance of achieving another positive result if they are to progress to the knock out stages of the competition, though that will be be far from an easy task. The young lilywhites face a Wimbledon side who have struggled for form so far this season with just two wins from their opening 11 league matches. Neil Ardley’s side currently occupy the relegation zone of the division. As if this isn’t a difficult enough contest for our lads, facing a league one side with a team of teenagers, Burnett also has a clutch of players missing owing to the international break. This does however, give an opportunity for a couple of players who have lacked game time this season to feature. I’m really looking forward to this game and I’m sure our lads are too, they relished the test against Luton and I’m sure they’ll replicate that passion for tomorrows cup match. I would assume that Neil Ardley will field a weakened/youthful side for tomorrows game due to them having a league game this coming Saturday. In fact the dons team includes three former Spurs academy players in Andy Barcham, Dean Parrett and George Francomb. COYS

Team news: With the official Spurs site having not published a list of Spurs players away on international duty, the following players who are unavailable for tomorrows game are only ones that have been confirmed by the FA for England duty: Marcus Edwards, Japhet Tanganga, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and TJ Eyoma. Furthermore, I’m assuming that both Jack Roles and Jonathan De Bie have both been called up by their respective countries and will therefore be absent. Tomorrows game could see an opportunity for a couple of under 18’s to feature, both Matt Lock and Jamie Bowden were absent for the under 18 game at the weekend, they could well be in the squad for the Wimbledon game.

My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Dinzeyi, C.Maghoma, Marsh, Brown, Skipp, Duncan, S.Shashoua, Pritchard(c), Bennetts, Loft.

My score prediction: 3-2 to Spurs.

One to watch: The dons Montserrat international and striker Lyle Taylor.

 

Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

Various England call ups for Spurs youngsters:

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England announced some of their youth squads for the upcoming international break today, and unsurprisingly it included a fair few of our lads, including some new additions.

England under 18’s: Three of our youngsters were named in Steve Cooper’s under 18 side for their two friendlies against Brazil and South Africa next month. The two matches are in preparation for the upcoming under 17 World Cup, Cooper’s squad includes talented Spurs right back TJ Eyoma (17) who has been a mainstay in the under 23’s side this season, as well as rising Spurs star and midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe. There’s also a new name in Cooper’s squad, as 16 year old Spurs starlet Oliver Skipp makes the squad, the deep lying midfielder has enjoyed a sensational start to the season, already becoming a pivotal figure in Wayne Burnetts development side. Here’s a recent piece I wrote on this immensely talented player: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/13/a-piece-on-oliver-skipps-remarkable-performance-against-sunderland-under-23s/

England under 19’s: Paul Simpson’s under 19 squad who have two friendly matches involving Poland and Germany next month, also included a trio of Spurs players. Tenacious centre half Japhet Tanganga who was a part of the England under 20 squad which won the Toulon tournament over the summer is included. In addition, talented left back Jaden Brown is also an inclusion. And there’s a first under 19 call up for Spurs winger Keanan Bennetts. Bennetts enjoyed an excellent pre season with our development squad, as well as an impressive start to the under 23 season, he is thoroughly deserving of his call up. Here’s a recent article I wrote on the pacy winger: https://superhotspur.com/2017/08/11/keanan-bennetts-one-to-watch/ Meanwhile, talented Spurs winger Samuel Shashoua is very unlucky to miss out on the squad, Shashoua enjoyed a phenomenal season last campaign.

England under 20’s: Talented Spurs forward Marcus Edwards is the sole Spurs inclusion in Keith Downing’s under 20 squad, for their upcoming matches against the Netherlands and Switzerland with the latter taking place in Switzerland. I thought I’d also mention that Spurs under 16’s defender Luis Binks who has represented Scotland in the past, was part of England’s under 17 side for their match with Italy earlier in the week.

England under 21’s: Senior squad members Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters both make the step up to Aidy Boothroyd’s under 21 squad for their friendly against the Netherlands and then their Euro under 21 qualifier against Latvia next Tuesday. The two Spurs starlets who were members of the victorious England under 20 squad over the summer have had really promising starts to their season, Onomah at his loan club Aston Villa, and Walker-Peters at the lilywhites where he recently made his first team debut. I would like to send my congratulations to all of our youngsters on their call ups!

 

Spurs under 21’s 2-2 Luton town (4-2 to Luton after penalties) : (match report)

Spurs under 21’s 2-2 Luton town (4-2 to Luton after penalties) : (match report)

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Wayne Burnetts development side (under 21) marked Spurs’ first ever involvement in the Checkatrade trophy, with a point away to league 2 side Luton town on Tuesday evening. Although Burnetts side put in a good and spirited performance, it was the home side who managed to get the extra point over Spurs, as the hatters defeated Spurs 4-2 on penalties to claim the bonus point on the night. It was the home side that attacked the away end in the first half which included 404 Spurs supporters, and it didn’t take long before the hatters made an impact on the game. Less than two minutes in to the game, Luton’s Elliot Lee almost opened the scoring for the league 2 side. Lee turned inside his man in the box, before trying to slot the ball in to the bottom corner of the net, but Austin got down quickly to make a sensational low save in the Spurs net. Luton were absolutely dominating play as Burnetts side struggled to deal with the league 2 club inside the first 15 minutes, it was a case of when not if they’d take the lead. Lee had another chance from a corner, when the ball fell to the former West Ham man who swiped his shot narrowly over Austin’s crossbar. We were unable to get the ball out of our own half, such was the dominance of Luton’s performance, I feared the youngsters would be getting a league two schooling at this point, they’d panicked in the early stages of the game. Then the the inevitable occurred on 19 minutes when the hatters took the lead through Maltese international Luke Gambin, the winger received the ball from the right side, he managed to wriggle away from the Spurs defence before slotting the ball into Austin’s far corner, 1-0.

However, just a couple of minutes later Burnetts side made an immediate impact, scoring level after a fine long range effort from the skipper. Pritchard who was advancing forward on goal, curled an effort from over 20 yards out which came off the post before rebounding back of James Shea and into the Luton net. After 15 minutes of being on the back foot, Spurs had managed to relax and find their bearings after equalising, they passed the ball around well and with confidence. Luton saw a free kick on the edge of the Spurs box fly narrowly ajar of the post, whilst Spurs created chances of their own as they began to take a hold of the game. Bennetts played a lovely through ball into Tracey with the outside of his boot, but the former Ebbsfleet man couldn’t get his shot away due to the sweeper keeping of Shea. Then Bennetts embarked on a breath taking run from his own area, as he surged past a couple of Luton players before skilfully taking the ball into the Luton box, his toe pocked effort coming off the right post. Though the young lilywhites had changed the flow of the game, they were still tested at the back. A mix up from a Luton corner seeing one of their players chest wide. Meanwhile Bennetts tested his luck at the other end, before Tracey’s powerful effort at goal was well thwarted by Shea.

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The second half was a more balanced affair, Spurs were more stabilised as they continued to grow into the game as it progressed. And Burnetts side started the second half in the best possible way, when striker Ryan Loft fired them into the lead on 47 minutes. Will Miller embarked on a fruitful run from the centre of midfield, as he looked to release the ball through to Loft. The towering striker was composed as he entered the area, slotting home a classy finish to put us ahead. A slightly quieter second half pursued as he we looked to keep hold of our lead. The newly introduced Josh McQuoid had a golden opportunity for Nathan Jones side when he met Jack James cross, the former Bournemouth man nodding the ball inside the post to make it 2-2. Spurs had a decent chance of their own when Miller received the ball in a good position inside the hatters penalty area, Miller looked up at goal and curled his effort over the cross bar, leaving the forward pondering. Mcquoid almost won it for Luton late on when he received the ball inside a dangerous area, but Tanganga was there in a flash as he made a superb sliding challenge. Despite the late stage nerves, we could have wrapped up all three points in the dying stages of the game. Substitute Samuel Shashoua working his creative magic down the right before crossing the ball into Sterling who forced a comfortable save at Shea’s near post.

 

With a point secured, a penalty shoot out ensued to decided who would get the bonus point. Using the new ABBA format, Spurs ended up losing in a cruel way, Shashoua’s desperately unlucky opening penalty miss setting the tone for the rest of the shoot out which the hatters won 4-2. However, it was a really good opening result for the development side as they look to progress through their group. It was a spirited and battling performance against a top league two side, but Burnetts youngsters were resilient as they carved out what could prove to be a valuable point, they can be mighty proud of their performance in this unique experience in their development. COYS

Player reviews: – Brandon Austin: Heavily involved, made many fine saves, including a remarkable reflex save in the first half.
– Jonathan Dinzeyi: Completing just over 50 minutes at the unfamiliar position of right back, the young centre back struggled a bit with the pace of the game down the flank.
– Christian Maghoma: Really impressive shift from the centre half, imposed himself well on the game. Made some important clearances, and was dominant up against the Luton forwards.
– Japhet Tanganga: As I’ve said many times before, him and Maghoma form a really strong defensive partnership. He was brilliant in the air and made some crucial interceptions. Made a magnificent challenge towards the latter point of the game.
– Keanan Bennetts: One of the star performers, Bennetts made a real impression on the game from left back. Made a huge contribution to the attack, with his pace and mazy runs.
– Oliver Skipp: Another excellent performance from the 16 year old, my motm for the second time in a week. Skipp was comfortable throughout the whole game, made incisive passes, and chased down the opposition. He was always looking for the ball, and was never afraid to get stuck in. Showed outstanding maturity.
– Joe Pritchard: The skipper had a real influence on the game, showed good leadership. Forced our equaliser with his effort on goal.
– Shilow Tracey: Didn’t make a massive impression on the game, but made some good runs down the right.
– Dylan Duncan: Created chances, prominent in the midfield, good range of passing.
– Will Miller: Created opportunities and pockets of space, assisted Loft’s goal.
– Ryan Loft: Lead the line the well, despatched his goal with real class.

My man of the match: Yet again it was 16 year old anchorman Oliver Skipp, was comfortable throughout the whole game, made some superb incisive passes, and chased down the opposition. He was always looking for the ball, and was never afraid to get stuck in, showed outstanding maturity for that of a 16 year old!

Luton Town: Shea, Justin (James 46), Senior, Cook, Mullins (c), Famewo, Gambin, Bakinson, Lee, Cornick (Read 77), Hylton (McQuoid 46). Substitutes (not used): Isted, Peck, Jones, Shamalo.

Spurs U21s: Austin, Dinzeyi (Eyoma 52), Bennetts, Skipp, C Maghoma, Tanganga, Tracey (S Shashoua 81), Pritchard (c), Loft (Sterling 77), Duncan, Miller. Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Roles.

Goals: Luton – Gambin 19, McQuoid 51; Spurs – Shea (OG) 21, Loft 47.

Yellow cards: Luton – Cook 90+2.

Referee: Craig Hicks.

Attendance: 2,699.

Penalties: Luton – Lee – scored
Spurs – S Shashoua – hit post
Spurs – C Maghoma – scored
Luton – Cook – scored
Luton – McQuoid – scored
Spurs – Sterling – scored
Spurs – Bennetts – over the bar
Luton – Gambin – scored

Spurs under 21’s versus Luton Town: (match preview)

Spurs under 21’s versus Luton Town: (match preview)

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“We’ve watched them two or three times. I watched them against Cambridge in pre-season and had them covered at Sunderland the other day, so we’ll know how they play. I know Wayne Burnett very well, Justin Cochrane also – I played with Justin – so it’ll be a good game.” (Luton manager – Nathan Jones)

Date: Tuesday 15 August, kick off: 7:45pm
Referee: Craig Hicks
Live: Follow @SpursOfficial Twitter feed for live updates.

There’s little time for Wayne Burnetts development squad to rest following their season opener away to Sunderland on Friday night, a Spurs under 21 side will make history tomorrow. When they become the first ever Spurs side to compete in this seasons Checkatrade trophy, with Spurs starting one of three group games with the visit of Luton towns Kenilworth road stadium. Burnett who has already spoken of his desire for Spurs to win the competition, must field a side that includes six players who were under the age of 21 on the 30th June 2017. Though it will be a youthful Spurs side, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a player over the age of 21 feature, possibly even a surprise first teamer, (Winks?). The last time the hatters faced Spurs’ senior side was back in the old first division in 1992, at Kenilworth road. Tuesday nights game will be very different, and I really feel that this competition will be very important for the Spurs youngsters over the coming season, it gives them an invaluable opportunity to come up against football league sides. Whilst Luton towns striker Danny Hylton will be the one to watch, it would also be interesting to see young midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson feature. Bakinson was linked with us a couple of seasons ago, it’ll also be interesting to see how strong Luton boss Nathan Jones goes against our side, Luton had people covering our PL2 game up in county Durham on Friday night. I will be reporting on the game, and as always I will be providing an in depth match report. COYS

Team news: The more experienced duo of striker Shayon Harrison and midfielder Luke Amos will miss the match through injury. Though the starting eleven could include a couple of more experienced players than usual. With centre half Cameron Carter-Vickers and winger Anthony Georgiou the most likely candidates.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Eyoma, Maghoma, (c) Carter-Vickers, Bennetts, Pritchard, Duncan, Shashoua, Edwards, Georgiou, Sterling.

My predicted scoreline: 3-2 to Spurs.

One to watch: The hatters top striker in league 2 last season with 21 goals, striker Danny Hylton could play his first game of the season after returning from injury.

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Some thoughts on Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Man City:

Some thoughts on Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Man City:

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“We’ve had a tough week of training hard, but the quality has to be better and we all know that. That’s why you play in pre-season. We don’t think ‘it’s pre-season, we don’t care’ – we do care. We now have two weeks to improve ourselves, to get to the level we were at last season and become even better. You don’t want to lose, of course, but we will learn and improve.” (Toby Alderweireld)

Last night saw Spurs play the final game of their US tour to fellow English club Manchester City, it was not the way Pochettino’s side would have wanted to end their tour, with the lilywhites being thrashed 3-1 by Pep Guardiola’s team. In a game which was dominated by the sky blues from the start, Spurs struggled to establish their authority on the game despite the fact that Pochettino had fielded such a strong starting 11. We came up against a city side who looked as if they were entering the middle of their season, they were sharp, intense and pacy and that was what really caught us out last night. Man City should have won by a greater goal margin, with John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz getting their goals. Despite Spurs almost taking the lead through Dele Alli on two minutes, it was one traffic for the remainder of the game. City taking the lead through centre half John Stones inside 10 minutes, before going on to squander a whole host of chances. They exposed the lack of pace in our side, with former Spurs man Kyle Walker causing a lot of problems for Davies down the right. Guardiola’s side were fast and fluid, they passed the ball around so well and so quickly that we seemed to struggle to stop the fast attacking play of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.

Man City’s other two goals were as the result of perfectly timed attacking runs which caught us out throughout the game. There were positives in the game, the performances of Vincent Janssen, Kyle Walker-Peters and Tashan Oakley-Boothe all good. Spurs were poor last night, but it really doesn’t worry me in the slightest, to their credit Man City were superb whilst we seemed tired/lethargic. I think the friendly against Juventus next Saturday will be a far more telling and important game as we look to adapt to playing at Wembley ahead of the new season. In youth related news, it was a memorable weekend for Wayne Burnett’s side who won the European under 21 tournament in France. Burnett’s side beat teams such a as PSG and FC Lorient en route to the final where they met Belgian side Standard Liege, with the game ending 2-2 courtesy of goals from Shayon Harrison and Shilow Tracey. Spurs won the game 5-4 on penalties with goalkeeper Jonathan De Bie making the winning save. It was a brilliant achievement from the talented squad, Spurs’ winger turned wingback Keanan Bennetts also won the player of the tournament for his performances. There was a poignant and touching tribute to Ugo Ehiogu by head coach Wayne Burnett after the game: “Justin Cochrane (Under-23 Assistant Coach) and I have been with them for the last month or so, but they’ve had a really excellent development programme before we got here, so a special mention should go to those two because they’ve been a big part of these players’ development, for sure. Everyone was mindful of that, we had a minute’s silence in memory of Ugo before the game and I think it’s fitting – the players will have been thinking of him, so it’s a nice moment to lift the trophy.”

Finally I noticed that former Spurs academy goalkeeper Tom McDermott (19) has found a new club following his departure in the summer. The goalkeeper who we signed from Warrenpoint in 2014, has joined League of Ireland club Derry City. McDermott is the second Spurs player to join Derry in recent seasons along with Aaron Mceneff who joined in 2015. COYS

Checkatrade trophy group announced for Wayne Burnett’s side:

Checkatrade trophy group announced for Wayne Burnett’s side:

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The final stage of the Checkatrade trophy draw was announced this afternoon with Spurs’ development squad being drawn in group F of the southern section alongside League one club AFC Wimbledon, and league two clubs Luton town and Barnet. The tournament which begins next month will see Wayne Burnett’s side play all three group games away from home against the EFL clubs. It’s an intriguing draw which will see us play in two london derbies, as well as a trip to Kenilworth road to face Luton town. This tournament is a massive challenge for our youngsters and it will be a fantastic opportunity for them, whilst it would be a massive achievement to progress from their group, we’ve got the quality to achieve it and head coach Wayne Burnett who won the competition as a player for Grimsby, will know how important a competition it is for the young Lilywhites. In other news a Spurs team beat National league side Leyton Orient 4-0 this afternoon in a behind closed doors friendly at Hotspur way, the goals were scored by Walker-Peters, Nkoudou, Jaden Brown and Will Miller. Three senior players took part in the game, with Michel Vorm, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah all being involved, you can watch the goals in the tweet provided below. Finally 18 year old Spurs starlet Marcus Edwards played a big part in getting England under 19’s to the final of the European championships this evening, the winger went on a brilliant run to assist Lukas Nmecha for a last gasp winner against the Czech Republic. COYS

 

Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Everton: (match report)

Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Everton: (match report)

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Our under 23’s played their first game of the inaugural premier league 2 season yesterday as they lost 2-0 to Everton at the Lamex stadium, in a game in which Ugo Ehiogu’s side were unlucky not to have got something out of after being the better side for the majority of the game. It was the toffees who had the first real chance of the game as on seven minutes their midfielder Ryan Ledson headed an effort on goal from the resulting corner which seemed destined to nestle in the back of the net. However, Joe Pritchard made an excellent clearance on the line to keep the score level. Less than ten minutes later Ehiogu’s side nearly took the lead at the other end, after Marcus Edwards went on a surging run before playing through Shayon Harrison with a wonderfully weighted pass, Harrison’s effort was saved well by Hewelt who got down low to thwart the strikers effort. Spurs were presented with the best chance of the half on 35 minutes after defender Anton Walkes was tripped in the box by Morgan Feeney following the ball being put in to the box from the resulting corner, the referee pointed to the spot, with Harrison the penalty taker. However, Harrison’s low left footed shot from the penalty spot was saved well by Hewlet as the sides went in level at the break.

We struggled to replicate our potency up front in the second half with the first clear cut chance of the second half coming on the hour mark after Morgan Feeney almost gave Everton the lead. Feeney tried to poke the ball home after being found by Brendan Galloway from the resulting free kick but Tom Glover was in Feeney’s way as the young Australian got hold of the ball at the second attempt. The blues broke the deadlock in the 79th minute after David Henen latched onto a cross field pass by Anton Walkes, the Belgian sprinted down the left wing before surging past Amos and firing the ball high into the net from inside the box to give the toffees the lead. Things got worse for Spurs as six minutes later Everton doubled their lead to put the game out of sight for the Lillywhites, after Matthew Foulds tapped home from close range after Glover produced a fine save from Courtney Duffus before the ball fell to Foulds on the line, the final score Spurs under 23’s 0-2 Everton.

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The scoreline doesn’t represent the game as for a lot of it we were in control, looking comfortable in possession and creating some fine chances. However most of these chances came in the first 45 minutes, Connor Ogilvie had a very good game as the youngster read the game extremely well from left back and centre back after Maghoma’s injury, I hope the talented Ogilvie gets a chance at Spurs this season. Another player that I thought played very well was Will Miller, Miller who played against Juventus in pre season, made some excellent runs in midfield as he’s skill carved through the Everton defence on occasions, Miller was impressive throughout the game and was one of our best players. Highly rated wonder kid Marcus Edwards went on many exciting and promising runs in the first half as he caused Everton a host of problems. Captain Luke Amos also had a really good performance in the centre of the park, Amos made fine passes, was creative and made some good interceptions in midfield. Finally last seasons under 21 star, Kyle Walker-Peters had a very good game at right back and was yet again highly impressive throughout.

Interestingly sat behind me at the match was Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough who was scouting possible players to sign on loan, in addition MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was also in attendance as well as scouts from Cambridge United, and some other clubs. Next up Ehiogu’s side face Reading who they play next Tuesday.

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Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Amos (c), Maghoma (Muscatt 24), Walkes, Edwards (Stylianides 75), Pritchard, Harrison, Miller, Oduwa (Tracey 75). Substitutes (not used): Goddard, McDermott (GK).
Everton: Hewelt, Jones (c), Robinson, Walsh, Feeney, Galloway, Henen, Davies, Evans (Duffus 61), Ledson (Charsley, 61), Dowell (Foulds 79). Substitutes (not used): Dyson, Gray (GK).

Development squad and under 18’s both end pre-season with a win:

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Our development squad beat Fulham 4-3 at Hotspur way in a thrilling encounter against the cottagers today. The west London side took the lead on 16 minutes after a harsh penalty was awarded after Kyle Walker-Peters was deemed to have fouled in the box, Fulham scored from the penalty spot. A little over ten minutes later we were awarded our own penalty however, Nathan Oduwa was unable to level from the spot, although we finally equalised on 35 minutes through Anthony Georgiou. Georgiou doubled our lead eight minutes later to get his second of the game. The cottagers levelled on the hour mark before striker Ryan Loft put us ahead, yet Fulham struck back again with six minutes remaining before we got the winner via a Fulham own goal in stoppage time. Meanwhile, our under 18’s defeated Charlton Athletic 2-1 at the Addicks training ground. We went behind shortly after the half hour mark before forward Reo Griffiths levelled for the Lillywhites, and it was centre back Joy Mukena who grabbed the winner late on in the 86th minute. COYS⚽️