Spurs Under 23’s versus Leicester City: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side travel up to the English Midlands on Monday for their meeting with Leicester City, in the Premier League 2 (the game starts at 19:00pm). Spurs recorded a 1-1 draw against Brighton, in their last league game, but it was a game in which they were the better team in. Leicester City have picked up 13 points from ten league games this season, and they are unbeaten in their last three league games. Leicester have quite a good record at home against us at this level, and with players like Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, Shane Flynn and Josh Eppiah in their Under 23 side, this will be another tough game for Spurs. Dilan Markanday recently won the Premier League 2 player of the month award, which was really well deserved. Hopefully Dilan will get more minutes for the Under 23 side this evening, and then hopefully feature for the first team on Thursday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Paskotši, Fagan-Walcott, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White, Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Omole, Matthew Craig, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Wanya Marcal-Madivadua. The midfielder has scored three league goals and provided one assist from nine appearances this season.

Some notes on Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett’s performance against Wolves Under 21’s:

Spurs loanee J’Neil Bennett completed 68 minutes of League One side Crewe Alexandra’s 3-0 Papa John’s Trophy win over Wolves Under 21’s, in their final group game of this seasons competition. The 19 year old winger started up front with Mikael Mandron for the home side, in their game at The Mornflake Stadium. Bennett’s first involvement of the game came after Oliver Finney passed the ball to him on the left flank. The Spurs player then cut inside with the ball, taking it towards the edge of the Wolves penalty area, before trying to find the top right hand corner of the Wolves goal, with a fine and powerful effort. However, the Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy made a fine save to stop Bennett’s effort from going into the goal. A couple of minutes later Bennett received a short corner kick on the right flank. He then worked his way into the Wolves penalty area, before having a cross blocked. After Mikael Mandron gave the ball to Bennett on the edge of the Wolves box, Bennett tried a side-footed effort on goal, but John Ruddy was able to save it relatively comfortably.

After receiving the ball down the left flank this time, J’Neil went on a forward run at pace. He eventually passed the ball to a teammate (Mikael Mandron), and him and another teammate managed to work a goal between them, to make it 1-0. Not long afterwards Bennett managed to get onto a loose ball, he then played a one-two with Mandron, before receiving the ball inside the Wolves penalty area. However, his resulting effort on goal was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper, although Bennett was put off by a challenge from a Wolves defender. A cross into the Wolves box by Michael Williams was met by J’Neil Bennett at the back post of John Ruddy’s goal, but J’Neil’s looping headed effort went just over the goal. Always involved in the first half, Bennett continued to put in a strong performance during the remainder of the half. After going on a great run on the right flank, past a couple of Wolves players, J’Neil had a pass to a teammate intercepted by a Wolves defender inside their penalty area. A couple of minutes later he just missed Josh Lundstram’s cross into the Wolves box. 

Just before half-time, J’Neil’s last real notable involvement of the half and the game came, as a clever flick from the Spurs player, who had little space to go with the ball on the right flank, gave the ball to Josh Lundstram. This eventually led to Mikael Mandron scoring his second goal of the game.

Some notes on Spurs Academy player Dilan Markanday’s excellent start to the 2021/22 season:

Barnet born footballer Dilan Markanday has started the new 2021/22 season excellently well for Spurs. The 20 year old winger, who is capable of playing on either flank, as a CAM, centre-forward or even as a full-back, is a player who has terrific skill, is a hard worker and who is also a real team player. Markanday signed scholarship forms with Spurs back in the summer of 2017, and since then he has played regularly for the Spurs Under 18 side, Under 19’s in Europe and now the Under 23’s for the past couple of seasons. The player who actually made his competitive debut for the Under 23 side back in the final league game of the 2017/18 season, has gone onto become a key player for Wayne Burnett’s side in the seasons since then. Markanday was superb during this pre-season, for Spurs’ Development side – scoring five goals and registering three assists from five appearances. He has carried that excellent form into the new season, scoring ten goals and registering five assists, from 13 competitive appearances, so far. Nominated for two PL2 Player of the Month awards (he was always nominated towards the end of last season) already this season, Markanday’s form has been nothing short of sensational. 

Playing in a variety of positions already this season, Dilan has shown how clinical he is in-front of goal, especially when playing as a centre-forward. When playing in that position this season he has looked very, very good. With his fine movement off the ball and ability to strike a ball sweetly, and also show fine composure in-front of goal, he has looked so clinical in-front of goal. He scored an excellent hat-trick against Leeds United for the Spurs Under 23 side earlier this season when playing as a centre-forward, in what was an outstanding individual performance. Other notable performances at centre-forward include the opening league game against Chelsea, when Dilan scored a goal, and also the 3-1 away win over Manchester City, when he scored two goals. Dilan has also been very effective and productive when playing out wide on the flanks. Particularly effective when he has played out on the right flank and when he is able to cut inside onto his favoured and strong left foot, Dilan has got noticeably stronger since the end of last season. Like former Spurs Academy player Samuel Shashoua in some ways, who also got a lot stronger as an Under 23 player, despite Dilan’s size he has in my opinion shown that he is ready and more than capable of being able to play senior football on a regular basis.

As a winger Dilan is a player who has tremendous balance, is very difficult to win the ball off, is good with both feet, and who also is very, very skilful. Capable of going past defenders like they aren’t even there, Dilan has shown great confidence with the ball this season, and his statistics speak volumes. Since I started watching the Spurs Academy sides, Dilan is one of the very best players that I have seen at being able to ride challenges. He has also shown this season and in previous season that from a defensive point of view, that he can be effective. Good at making standing challenges and at tracking back, he is enthusiastic and has a great work rate, in my opinion. So far this season Dilan has excelled at Under 23 level for Wayne Burnett’s side, putting in terrific performances against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Leeds United and Crystal Palace. The sheer consistency of his performances this season has deservedly meant that he has made the bench for the first team on four occasions, being introduced on one occasion, when he made his competitive debut for Spurs’ first team in a UEFA Europa Conference League group game against Vitesse Arnhem. A real goalscoring and creative force in the Under 23 side this season, after a strong 2020/21 season, the future for Dilan in the game is looking very promising.

Whether he goes out on loan in January (I personally think that he could play as high up in England as the Championship, on a loan) or stays with Spurs until the end of the season, and plays Under 23 football, as well as hopefully getting more first team opportunities, I just think that as long as he gets consistent game time for the remainder of this season, then that is a real plus. Dilan has been an absolute pleasure to watch play so far this season, and I would like to wish Spurs’ number 54 all the very best of luck for the remainder of this season. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the player who is eligible to represent England and India be called up to the England Under 20 side before the end of the season.

Spurs Under 23’s versus Brighton & Hove Albion: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side will travel down to the South Coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion, on Friday evening (the game starts at 19:00pm, at Brighton’s AMEX Elite Football Performance Centre). Wayne Burnett’s side managed to win 1-0 against Manchester United in their last Premier League 2 game, thanks to a late winner from Dilan Markanday. Brighton have started the season well, like Spurs, and they have been particularly strong at home, picking up 13 points from five league games this season. Brighton haven’t actually lost a home game in the Premier League 2 since February, when they lost to Manchester City. Brighton have also only conceded 13 league goals this season. This will be a tough game for Spurs, and with players such as centre-forward and Switzerland youth international Lorent Tolaj, forward and Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Evan Ferguson and Andrew Moran, Brighton will be a difficult team to win against later today. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match. However, unfortunately I will be unable to report on today’s game, as I have not been given permission to do so by the home club.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Cesay, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Michael Craig, Mundle, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 5-1.

My score prediction: 1-1.

My one to watch: Lorent Tolaj (20). A Switzerland youth international, centre-forward Lorent Tolaj is a strong but technically gifted player, who really impressed me when I saw him play against Spurs’ Under 18 side a couple of seasons ago. Tolaj has scored three goals from ten Premier League 2 appearances this season, and has also provided one assist.

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 versus Manchester United: (match preview)

Wayne Burnett’s Spurs Under 23 side welcome Manchester United to Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium on Saturday (the game starts at 12:00pm). Having beaten Manchester City 3-1 last Saturday, Spurs take on a Manchester United side that lost 6-0 to West Ham United in their last league game. Both on 14 points in the Premier League 2 so far this season (Spurs are ahead on goal difference), last season Wayne Burnett’s side lost 4-2 away to Manchester United, before beating them 3-0 at Hotspur Way later on in the season. Always a difficult team to face at any level, Manchester United have a team of very good players. Forwards Anthony Elanga and Joe Hugill however, are two players who could cause Spurs problems tomorrow. Spurs lost 3-2 to League One side Oxford United in the week in the Papa John’s Trophy, in what was their final group game. Jack Clarke had a very good game in that one, and also Dane Scarlett made an appearance for the Spurs Development side, meaning that he could possibly start against Manchester United on Saturday. I would like to wish the Spurs team all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game. My match report will be out on Sunday.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lo-Tutala, Matthew Craig, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster, White (c), Clarke, John, Markanday, Scarlett. 

Subs from: Oluwayemi, Paskotši, Lavinier, Michael Craig, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 3-0.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Anthony Elanga. A player who has already played for Manchester United’s first team in competitive competition, forward Anthony Elanga has scored four goals and registered one assist from four Premier League 2 games this season. Elanga impressed in the away meeting with Manchester United last season.

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 versus West Ham United: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action on Monday evening at The Lamex Stadium (the game starts at 19:00pm), when they face West Ham United. Wayne Burnett’s side narrowly lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in their last league game, just before the international break. Last season Spurs did the double over West Ham in the league, winning 3-0 in the home game, and 2-1 in the away fixture. The East London club have picked up 13 points from seven league matches so far this season, and they currently occupy fifth place in the league, and are two places above Spurs. Always a difficult fixture, Spurs, however, have only lost one of their last five competitive meetings with West Ham at this level. A talented side, West Ham have won their last three competitive matches at this level, and with players such as Amadou Diallo, Harrison Ashby and Jamal Baptiste, this will be another tough game for Spurs, before they travel up to Manchester to face Manchester City next Saturday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the game. I will be reporting on the game today.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Matthew Craig, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Cesay, Lyons-Foster (c), White, Clarke, John, Devine, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Paskotši, Michael Craig, Pedder, Santiago.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-1.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Defender and Scotland Under 21 international Harrison Ashby. The 19 year old has already been involved in five goals from seven league appearance this season, two goals and three assists.

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 versus Crystal Palace: (match preview)

Spurs’ Under 23 side beat Derby County 3-1 on Monday night, and they have another game on Friday against Crystal Palace, at their training ground (the game starts at 13:00pm). Wayne Burnett’s side face a Crystal Palace team who have picked up six points from their opening six league games of the season. A talented side, players such as former Spurs Academy player Jack Roles, Jesuran Rak-Sakyi and David Omilabu, means that this will be another tough test for Spurs. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Cesay, Omole, Lavinier, White (c), John, Santiago, Devine, Clarke, Markanday.

Subs from: Lo-Tutala, Matthew Craig, Paskotši, Michael Craig, Pedder.

Injured/unavailable: N/A.

Doubtful: Romaine Mundle.

Previous meeting: N/A.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Jack Roles. The 22 year old former Cyprus youth international was at Spurs as an Academy player for many years, and his movement off the ball and ability to score all different types of goals means that he could cause Spurs problems today.