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)


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.


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)


“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.


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

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


“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:


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)


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.


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.


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:


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⚽️

Spurs under 21’s win final game of tournament in France:


Our under 21’s side won their final match of the Tournoi Europeen in Brittany earlier today after they defeated Belgian side Standard Liege in a penalty shoot out. Spurs took the lead on 22 minutes after defender Christian Maghoma converted from Anthony Georgiou’s free kick however, a mere four minutes later the Belgian Jupiler league side levelled after being awarded a spot kick after a Spurs player handled in the box. Neither side could grab a winner in the second half and with both sides being reduced to ten men, the match was to be decided by a sudden death penalty shoot out. Nathan Oduwa and Anthony Georgiou both converted their spot kicks whilst goalkeeper Harry Voss produced heroics in the Spurs goal, saving two penalties meaning our under 21’s were 2-0 winners, finishing the pre season tournament in seventh place.

Spurs (v Standard Liege): Voss, Muscatt (Mukena 54), Brown, Marsh, Maghoma, Owens (Loft 60+2), Georgiou, Stylianides, Oduwa, Tracey (Oteh 58), J Pritchard.

Spurs under 21’s suffer double defeat in Tournoi Europeen:

Spurs under 21’s suffer double defeat in Tournoi Europeen:

Our under 21 side played their first game of the day against Caen losing 1-0 to the Ligue 1 side, winger Nathan Oduwa won a penalty for Spurs however, forward Cy Goddard failed to convert from the spot as the game finished 1-0 to the French side. Our second game of the day came this evening as we faced ligue 2 side Stade Brestois 29 in a game which the French club ran out 2-0 winners after scoring two goals in just over ten minutes. After suffering three defeats in three matches our under 21’s side will be hoping to leave the tournament on a positive note as they face Standard Liege in their final match tomorrow at 10:40AM local time. Below is the team sheet for all three of our matches in the tournament so far. Also included is a more detailed report of today’s games that are featured on the Spurs website.

Friday, July 29
Spurs (v Stade Rennais): Voss, Muscatt, Brown, Stylianides (Owens 43), Maghoma, Ogilvie, J Pritchard (Tracey 25), Ward, Loft (Oteh 43), Goddard (Georgiou 25), Oduwa.
Saturday, July 30
Spurs (v SM Caen): Voss, Marsh (Brown 39), Ogilvie (Muscatt 25), Owens (Stylianides 33), Maghoma, Mukena, Tracey, J Pritchard (Goddard 39), Loft (Oteh 25), Oduwa, Georgiou.
Spurs (v Stade Brestois): McDermott, Muscatt, Brown, Marsh, Maghoma, Mukena (J Pritchard 35), Tracey, Goddard (Stylianides 39), Oteh, Oduwa, Georgiou.



Spurs under 21’s draw 1-1 to Yeovil in training game at Hotspur way, whilst Spurs under 18’s defeat QPR 3-0:


Earlier today Spurs under 21’s were involved in a 1-1 draw with league two side Yeovil town at Hotspur way. The youngsters done well to draw with the Glovers senior side and taking into consideration the Lillywhites were 1-0 down it was a well fought battle, with Ryan Loft securing the draw after being played in by Shilow Tracey on the right hand side Loft hammered home. In addition our under 18’s were involved in a 3-0 victory over QPR in a behind closed doors friendly on Friday. The under 18’s side which included a host of first year scholars took the lead after forward Reo Griffiths slotted home from within the inside of the box on 16 minutes. Winger Keanan Bennetts doubled our lead shortly after the beginning of the second half after he headed home from the resulting cross delivered by Tariq Hinds, and the young Lillywhites got their third of the game 20 minutes in to the second half through striker Aramide Oteh after Jon Dinzeyi played the ball upfield for Bennetts whose resulting effort was blocked,  Oteh slotted home from close range.

Premier League 2 fixtures announced for 2016/17 season:


This evening the Premier league 2 fixtures for the Lillywhites coming campaign was released, the newly set up league which used to be the under 21 premier league starts on the 15th August with a home game against Everton. Players born after January 1, 1993 will be eligible to play whilst the rule regarding over age players remains the same, Ugo Ehiogu’s exciting pool of players will play three matches at White Hart Lane over the coming season. These matches are against Derby County, Liverpool and Leicester city respectively, the full list of fixtures is included in the list below. The other home matches will be played at the Amex stadium and the Tottenham Hotspur training centre. You can read my earlier article about Spurs youngsters that could make their under 21 debut in the coming season, in the link provided below.

Mon Aug 15 – Everton (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Mon Aug 22 – Reading (A) – Hogwood Park Training Ground – 2pm
Tue Aug 30 – Derby County (H) – White Hart Lane – 7pm
Fri Sep 9 – Chelsea (A) – Aldershot – 7.05pm
Mon Sep 19 – Liverpool (H) – White Hart Lane – 7pm
Fri Sep 23 – Southampton (A) – St Mary’s – 7pm
Fri Oct 14 – Manchester City (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Mon Oct 24 – Leicester City (A) – Holmes Park – 7pm
Fri Oct 28 – Manchester United (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – 12pm
Fri Nov 18 – Arsenal (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – 12pm
Mon Nov 28 – Sunderland (A) – Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground – 7pm
Mon Dec 12 – Derby County (A) – iPro Stadium – 7pm
Fri Jan 6 – Chelsea (H) – Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre – 12.05pm
Fri Jan 13 – Manchester City (A) – venue TBC – 7pm
Mon Jan 30 – Southampton (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Sun Feb 5 – Liverpool (A) – venue TBC – 1pm
Mon Feb 20 – Sunderland (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Fri Mar 3 – Arsenal (A) – venue TBC – 7pm
Mon Mar 13 – Reading (H) – Stevenage – 7pm
Mon Apr 10 – Everton (A) – Southport FC – 7pm
Mon Apr 24 – Manchester United (A) – Leigh Sports Village – 7pm
Fri May 5 – Leicester City (H) – White Hart Lane – 7pm

All fixtures are subject to change.