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

After losing 4-1 to Chelsea last Sunday, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side take on Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday (the game starts at 12pm), in the PL2. It it is the first time this season that Spurs’ under 23 side are playing a match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will be a great experience for the players, although the match is being played behind closed doors. Spurs are currently in fourth place in the league with three games to go, four points above of fifth place Liverpool, a team who we beat 4-3 in the reverse fixture last year. Liverpool’s good away form this season means that it will be a tough match for Spurs, as is always the case in this competitive league. Centre-forward Dane Scarlett will likely not feature tomorrow because of injury, while midfielder George Marsh is still suspended, as far as I’m aware. Some of the Spurs players in this squad still haven’t got to play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, so for those players as well as the whole squad, it will be a great experience. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for today’s game, which is unfortunately not being shown anywhere.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Cirkin, John, Bowden (c), Bennett, Devine, Richards, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Skinner, Pedder, Santiago, Thorpe.

Injured/unavailable: Dane Scarlett, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, George Marsh.

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala.

Previous meeting: Spurs 4-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Liverpool midfielder Jake Cain (19), who has scored six goals from 17 league appearances this season.

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

Still in with a good chance of finishing as runners up in the PL2 Division One, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side enter Sunday’s (the game at Hotspur Way starts at 13:00pm and is being shown live on Chelsea’s 5th Stand App and official website) London derby with Chelsea in very good form. Last Monday Spurs beat Leicester City 3-1, while Chelsea beat Southampton by the same score line. Chelsea are a very good team, and in the lively reverse fixture between Spurs and Chelsea earlier in the season, Chelsea came back from two goals down to win 3-2. Adventurous full-back/winger Valentino Livramento has great pace and skill, and he is a player who will go on many forward runs down Spurs’ left flank, if he does play tomorrow. The west London club who sit in fourth place in the league (two points behind us), are a very technical side and their passing game is very good. Midfielder Lewis Bate has great vision for a pass from midfield, while the skill of Marcel Lewis from out wide could cause Spurs problems, as could tall and physical centre-forward George Nunn. However, Spurs will go into this game in great confidence having enjoyed a great season so far, and they will also be looking to make up for giving away a two goal lead in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Spurs will be without first year Academy player and centre-forward Dane Scarlett, after he picked up an injury in the Spurs under 18’s FA Youth Cup game with West Brom earlier in the week, while I believe that George Marsh will miss out again through suspension. I’m really looking forward to watching tomorrow’s game as it promises to be a really interesting one. And I would like to wish the Spurs lads all the very best of luck for the match.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Lyons-Foster, Omole, Cirkin, Thorpe, Bowden (c), Bennett, Devine, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Skinner, John, Pedder, Richards.

Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (suspended), Malachi Fagan-Walcott (injured), Dane Scarlett (injured).

Doubtful: Thimothee Lo-Tutala (injured).

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-3.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Valentino Livramento (18) played well in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, and he was also excellent against Spurs’ under 18 side during the previous season. An intelligent player with great pace, Livramento loves to take players on and go on good forward runs from deep, as a right-back.

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

Spurs’ under 23 side return to Premier League 2 action tomorrow night (the game starts at 19:00pm) when they play Leicester City at their new and extremely impressive training ground in Seagrave. Leicester City have picked up 17 points from 19 league games this season, and they currently sit in 11th place in the league table, only just avoiding the relegation zone because of goal difference. Tomorrow’s opponents haven’t been on a great run of form of late, and their last league win came back in January. Wayne Burnett’s Spurs side are currently in third place in the league, just four points behind second place Blackburn Rovers. However, in the reverse fixture with Leicester last year Spurs lost 5-1 at Hotspur Way, but Spurs’ form since the start of the year has been really good. Spurs will be without George Marsh for tomorrow’s game as he is suspended after being shown a red card in their last game, while I would be surprised if Dane Scarlett and Alfie Devine play tomorrow, as Spurs’ under 18’s have an FA Youth Cup game against West Brom on Tuesday. I would like to wish Spurs all the very best of luck for tomorrow’s game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Kurylowicz, Markanday, Lavinier, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Pedder, Bennett, Thorpe, Mukendi, Etete.

Subs from: Maguire, Skinner, Davies, Asante.

Injured/unavailable: George Marsh (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-5.

My score prediction: Spurs 3-1.

My one to watch: Irishman Shane Flynn is able to play as a left-winger and as a left-back, and the 19 year old is really good at getting up and down the flank. Flynn is also a skilful player with good pace, and he has already been on the bench for the Leicester City first team this season.

Some notes on Spurs loanee Troy Parrott’s performance against Rochdale A.F.C.

Troy Parrott returned to the Ipswich Town starting eleven on Saturday afternoon for their League One game against Rochdale, at the Crown Oil Arena. Parrott completed 72 minutes of Ipswich’s 0-0 draw with Rochdale, and the Republic of Ireland international played just behind Ipswich striker Kayden Jackson, for Paul Cook’s side. Parrott’s first real involvement of the game arrived fairly early on in the match, after the Dubliner met Teddy Bishop’s cross from the right flank, inside the Rochdale penalty area. With Rochdale defenders close to Parrott, he knew that he would be unlikely to test the goalkeeper, so instead he nodded the ball back to Alan Judge on the edge of the box, but his goal attempt went well over the goal. Another ball into the Rochdale penalty area, this time by Gwion Edwards, ended up missing every Ipswich player and went behind for a Rochdale goal kick. However, Parrott was in a decent amount of space inside the penalty area and in a good area, and so he looked at Edwards and signalled to him that he had wanted the ball into his feet, after the Ipswich player had crossed the ball. Ipswich were seeing more of the ball during the opening stages of the first half, but neither side were able to create any chances of real note. As always Troy was showing a real desire to press the opposing teams players and also track back, but it would have been frustrating for him to have had very little of the ball in the final third. After doing well to win the ball some thirty yards out from goal Troy Parrott brought the ball forward a bit before passing the ball to Kayden Jackson, who tried to give it back to the advancing Spurs player. However, the pass from Jackson had a bit too much on it, and while the move showed good intent a Rochdale defender ended up intercepting the ball inside the Rochdale box, before Troy could get on the end of it.

In what was a very even game of very few chances during Troy Parrott’s time on the pitch, the game itself lacked that bit of magic from either side. During the second half (during Troy’s time on the pitch) the Ipswich forwards were probably less involved in the final third than in the first half. The one real attacking involvement for Parrott came not long before he was substituted in the 72nd minute of the match. After receiving Kayden Jackson’s pass near to the Rochdale penalty area, Parrott’s first touch saw the ball get away from him a bit, and while he didn’t give up and he did try to run in between two Rochdale defenders, Parrott couldn’t really get anything on the ball and in the end he went to ground, but a penalty was not awarded by the referee, despite Troy asking the question. This would have been a very frustrating game for Ipswich as they try and get into the play offs, but also for Parrott who didn’t really receive the ball in good areas of the pitch, and was therefore unable to impact the game in the way that he would have liked to.

Some notes on Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey’s performances against Morecambe:

Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey were both involved in Cambridge United’s 2-1 League Two victory over Morecambe on Saturday afternoon. Okedina completed the whole of the match, while Shilow Tracey was introduced to the game in the 75th minute and he won the penalty which Cambridge scored, to get that crucial second goal of the game. Jubril Okedina started the game on the right hand side of a back four, in central defence, and the 20 year old who has made great strides in his development this season put in another solid defensive performance. After a high tempo start to the game Cambridge United took the lead in the 18th minute of the match, and they were the better team during the first half. Okedina’s first real involvement in the game from a defensive point of view was to get in front of Morecambe’s Carlos Mendes Gomes on the edge of the Cambridge United box, to get on the ball in front of Mendes Gomes. However, the Cambridge United defence weren’t really tested too much during the first half. At the beginning of the second half Jubril Okedina sprinted to get in front of Morecambe’s Cole Stockton on the edge of the Cambridge United box, before winning the ball and passing back to the goalkeeper (Callum Burton) who then cleared it up field. During the 55th minute of the game Morecambe had a man sent off, but they would still test the Cambridge defence further during the remainder of the half. Shilow Tracey was introduced to the game in the 75th minute. Not long afterwards Okedina, who had kept good positioning throughout the match would clear behind Liam McAlinden’s cross from the left flank into the Cambridge penalty area.

Jubril Okedina then cleared away John O’Sullivan’s cross, and then a couple of moments later Shilow Tracey was involved in the game for the first time. The Spurs winger received Wes Hoolahan’s pass on the left flank, before surging forward into the Morecambe penalty area, where he was brought down by a Morecambe defender. A penalty was awarded by the referee and Paul Mullin scored it, although Morecambe did get a goal back in the 88th minute of the game. During the final stages of the match Shilow Tracey managed to get on the ball in the middle of the pitch, and he then traveled forward with the ball at great pace towards the corner flag on the left flank, before passing the ball to a teammate who held the ball up, as Cambridge United held on to win the game. Jubril Okedina had another good game in central defence, where he read the game well and was always composed in his play, while Shilow Tracey once again made a positive impact on the game after being introduced in the second half.

Some notes on Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey’s performances against Carlisle United: 

On Saturday afternoon Spurs loanees Jubril Okedina and Shilow Tracey were in action for Cambridge United in their League Two game against Carlisle United, at Carlisle’s Brunton Park ground. Cambridge won the game 2-1 and defender Jubril Okedina impressed as he completed the whole of the match at centre-half and put in another solid defensive performance, while Shilow Tracey came on in the 63rd minute of the game, and he was lively and direct during his time on the pitch. 20 year old Jubril Okedina who was starting his second consecutive game for Cambridge United started the game as a right sided centre-half, as Cambridge played with a back four. A good early challenge from Okedina on the edge of the Cambridge penalty area prevented Carlisle forward Offrande Zanzala (Okedina defended really well against Zanzala throughout the match) from entering the Cambridge box, following a good forward run from him. Zanzala’s side had started the game well but the 23 year old was being defended against well by Okedina, who a couple of minutes after making his first challenge on him he made another one to stop Zanzala from turning with his back to goal on the edge of the Cambridge box. Jubril cleared away a cross from Jonathan Mellish, and as he continued to look good in his defending the Spurs defender did well to step out of defence and intercept a fairly promising forward pass from a Carlisle player, before passing the ball to a teammate to get Cambridge moving again (the away side took the lead in first half additional time). Having grown in to the game Cambridge started the second half with a deserved lead, and Okedina’s first real involvement of the second half was to once again step out of defence to cut out Joe Riley’s forward pass from deep.

22 year old winger Shilow Tracey came on in the 63rd minute of the match and he went straight out to the right flank. Tracey’s first real involvement in the game came not long after he had entered the pitch, after the former Ebbsfleet United player had picked the ball up on the right flank before surging forward with the ball at great pace (no Carlisle players were able to keep up with him) all the way to the byline, but his resulting cross into the Carlisle box was unable to find a teammate. At the other end of the pitch Okedina did tremendously well to block off Carlisle substitute Gime Toure in a dangerous area inside the Cambridge penalty area, to thwart what could have been a very chance for Toure. Lewis Alessandra equalised for Carlisle from a corner kick in the 78th minute of the game, before Gime Toure managed to get past Jubril Okedina before entering the Cambridge box and powerfully putting the ball across the face of the goal, with Carlisle’s Omari Patrick not far away at all from making contact with the ball from just outside the goal. In the final minutes of the game Shilow Tracey (he had now switched flanks) did really well to keep the ball in play out on the left flank after advancing forward down that side of the pitch. He then passed the ball to Wes Hoolahan who cut the ball back for Alfie May to convert from inside the Carlisle box. This was another very impressive performance from Jubril Okedina in defence, while substitute Shilow Tracey made a good impression on the game during the second half as he was very direct in his play.

Spurs under 23’s 3-0 Manchester United: (match report)

Spurs’ under 23 side defeated a talented Manchester United side in the PL2 at Hotspur Way on Friday afternoon, as Wayne Burnett’s side won 3-0 thanks to goals from Jamie Bowden, Marcel Lavinier and Kion Etete. Spurs lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Josh Oluwayemi starting in goal, while a back four consisting of Marcel Lavinier, George Marsh, Tobi Omole and Dennis Cirkin sat in front of him. Michael Craig (first competitive start at this level) and captain Jamie Bowden teamed up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and Romaine Mundle (first competitive start at this level) started out on the flanks, either side of CAM Nile John, with Kion Etete starting up front. Spurs got the game underway on a nice afternoon in Enfield, but it was the visitors who managed the first goal attempt of the game. Dillon Hoogerwerf curling an effort over Spurs goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi’s crossbar early on in the match from the edge of the Spurs box, and the opening stages of the game were even, with both sides having similar amounts of possession. A long clearance forward from George Marsh ended up coming to Kion Etete on the edge of the Manchester United box, but his effort on goal was blocked by a defender. After conceding a free-kick on the edge of the Spurs box George Marsh was shown a yellow card, with Ethan Galbraith curling his resulting effort over. Joe Hugill then fired an effort wide of Oluwayemi’s goal after going on a good run down the left, while at the other end of the pitch Dilan Markanday delivered a nice lofted ball towards Jamie Bowden, who had made a good run in to the oppositions box, but a Manchester United defender managed to get to the ball in time to get it clear at the vital moment.

A cross from Lavinier from the right flank ended up coming to Mundle at the back post, inside the visitors penalty area. Mundle passed the ball to Bowden but his effort was straight at goalkeeper Matej Kovar, before Nile John gave the ball to Mundle down the left side of the Manchester United box. Romaine Mundle managed to get around Mark Helm inside the box, but the full-back ended up tripping him from behind, and the referee spotted this and ended up pointing to the spot. Jamie Bowden calmly and cleverly stepped up to just roll the ball down the middle of the goal as Kovar dived to his right, 1-0. Shortly after the game got started again a through ball to Hugill sent the Manchester United striker through on goal, but Oluwayemi came rushing out of his goal and he spread himself well to save Hugill’s effort inside the box. A good run from the skilful Dilan Markanday ended in him having a shot blocked from inside the Manchester United box. A surging run from Reece Devine ended in him entering the Spurs box before passing the ball to Hugill who shot wide of the goal. A corner kick then came to Ethan Galbraith on the edge of the Spurs box but his effort on target was headed clear off the line by George Marsh, who was in the right place at the right time. Nile John was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Shola Shoretire before Markanday made a good and important tackle on Reece Devine in the Spurs box. A couple of minutes later Jamie Bowden had a free-kick and later an effort on goal cleared before Tobi Omole cleared Mark Helm’s cross at the other end of the of the pitch. Josh Oluwayemi then saved Ethan Galbraith’s effort from range, in what was the final piece of action from the first half.

Manchester United got the second half underway and it was Manchester United who initially started the half quite well. Marcel Lavinier did well to block Mark Helm’s effort behind inside the Spurs box before Hugill had an effort blocked by Etete. A long ball forward from Omole was headed back towards Kovar by Alvaro Fernandez, but Kovar slipped and in the end the ball went narrowly wide of the goal. After winning the ball Lavinier passed the ball to Bowden who then threaded a pass in to Mundle down the left side of the oppositions penalty area, but the wingers resulting effort was powered into the side netting. A clearance from Marsh then ended up coming to Etete who skilfully got past Reece Devine before slipping a pass in to the feet of Markanday inside the Manchester United penalty area, but his first time side footed effort was straight at Kovar who gathered the ball comfortably. Hannibal Mejbri shot wide from distance before Spurs doubled their lead through Marcel Lavinier. After receiving Michael Craig’s pass on the edge of the Manchester United box Lavinier decided to try his luck on goal, and his powerful effort deflected off of Reece Devine before going past Kovar and nestling in the goal after the deflection had beaten the goalkeeper, 2-0. A melee followed following a challenge after the game got started again, and this resulted in Kion Etete and Dennis Cirkin being shown yellow cards, while Ethan Galbraith was shown a red card for his involvement. A pass from Dilan Markanday was cleared away by a Manchester United defender, but only as far as Kion Etete whose effort on the half volley on the edge of the oppositions box went narrowly wide of the goal.

After George Marsh had caught Hannibal Mejbri off the ball the midfielder was shown a straight red card, while Michael Craig did well a couple of minutes later to block Mark Helm’s effort inside the Spurs box after a good run from the right-back. Kallum Cesay came on to replace Jamie Bowden while J’Neil Bennett replaced Dilan Markanday, and an early effort from Bennett from the edge of the Manchester United box was well saved by Matej Kovar. After picking the ball up in the middle of the pitch Nile John went on a good and purposeful forward run through the middle, all the way to the edge of the away side’s box when the ball came off of Martin Svidersky before coming to Etete whose powerful effort flew past Kovar and in to the back of the goal to secure all three points for Spurs, 3-0. Marcel Lavinier blocked an effort from Joe Hugill before Rafferty Pedder came on to replace Romaine Mundle, as Josh Oluwayemi then gathered Charlie McCann’s delivery in to the Spurs box. J’Neil Bennett saw his effort from the right flank, across the face of the goal gathered by the Manchester United goalkeeper, before Tobi Omole headed over a Spurs corner kick. Substitute Noam Emeran’s ball in to the Spurs box was met by Joe Hugill, but his looping headed effort on goal was easily saved by Oluwayemi who a couple of minutes later thwarted Hannibal Mejbri’s late free-kick, in what was the final piece of action of the game. Spurs’ next Premier League 2 game is not until the 12th of April when they travel to Leicestershire to face Leicester City.

Player reviews:

  • Josh Oluwayemi: It was another fine performance from the goalkeeper following on from his good performance against Derby County earlier in the week. Oluwayemi made some good saves today including a very important one to deny Joe Hugill early on in the game from inside the Spurs box.
  • Marcel Lavinier: Solid and dependable at right-back, but also good at getting forward as he showed when he scored our second goal of the game in the second half, Marcel Lavinier did well up against Dillon Hoogerwerf down Manchester United’s left hand side. 
  • George Marsh: Playing at RCB George Marsh made an important headed clearance off the line in the first half as well as some other good clearances. However, he will have been disappointed to have received an avoidable straight red card late on in the second half.
  • Tobi Omole: It was another composed and impressive performance in central-defence from former Arsenal player Tobi Omole. The 21 year old stayed on his feet throughout the game against Manchester United and he put in another good defensive performance.
  • Dennis Cirkin: Strong both on and off the ball, 18 year old full-back Dennis Cirkin got up and down the left flank well and he was nice and involved in the game.
  • Michael Craig: Second year scholar Michael Craig (17) was in my opinion along with Dilan Markanday one of our best players on Friday. On his first competitive start at this level Craig looked assured in the middle of the park as he played as a four. He stayed close to Manchester United’s creative CAM Hannibal Mejbri on occasions and he did well at that, but he also used the ball intelligently (he got the assist for Lavinier’s goal) and he got stuck in too.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain scored a nice penalty kick in the first half but he also had another solid game in the centre of the park, using the ball well and also moving well without it at his feet.
  • Dilan Markanday: My man of the match, see below.
  • Nile John: Playing as a CAM Nile John had some good moments in the game including a really good late surging run from deep which led to Kion Etete’s goal.
  • Romaine Mundle: Operating out on the left flank Romaine Mundle did some good things on his first competitive start at this level, including some nice skill to win our penalty during the first half. 
  • Kion Etete: Holding the ball up well and bringing others in to play, centre forward Kion Etete’s hard work off the ball was rewarded when he scored a well taken late goal. His tenth competitive goal involvement of the season at this level (eight goals and two assists).
  • Kallum Cesay: The late substitute made an important defensive intervention inside the Spurs box, late on in the game when the score was 2-0 to Spurs.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The substitute looked to make an impact on the game and he managed to have two attempts on goal.
  • Rafferty Pedder: N/A.

My man of the match: Playing out on the right flank Dilan Markanday (19) caused problems for Manchester United full-back Reece Devine, but he also tracked back tirelessly to help out full-back Marcel Lavinier defensively. Showing some really good skill down Manchester United’s left hand side, Markanday loved to cut inside from the right and use his left foot to try and make things happen. He was expressive going forward and could well have scored a goal during the second half, but his all round play including his defensive work made him for me our man of the match against Manchester United on Friday afternoon.

Spurs under 23’s versus Manchester United: (match preview) 

After losing their first league game in seven on Monday after losing 1-0 to Derby County, Wayne Burnett’s Spurs under 23 side welcome Manchester United to Hotspur Way on Friday in the Premier League 2 (the game starts at 12pm and I believe that it’s being shown live on MUTV). This will be Spurs’ last PL2 game until the 12th April because of the upcoming international break, and a fascinating game it promises to be. Manchester United sit in sixth place in the division one table with 28 points, one point behind fourth place Spurs, and in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season Spurs lost 4-2 to Manchester United, and the home side that day looked very good. It’s no surprise that with 45 goals scored this season that the club from Lancashire are the second highest scorers in the league this season, as they have such talented forwards such as Joe Hugill, Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga. Manchester United are a well rounded side who are capable of causing Spurs problems tomorrow, but Spurs’ fine recent form as well as the fact that they played well on Monday night against Derby despite the fact that they played the majority of the game with ten men will give them confidence. I wrote a report of Monday’s game against Derby and I also plan on doing one on tomorrow’s game, a game for which I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Marsh, Lusala, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Thorpe, John, Devine, Markanday, Bennett.

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

Injured/unavailable: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (suspended), Marqes Muir (suspended).

Doubtful: Kion Etete.

Previous meeting: Spurs 2-4 

My score prediction: Spurs 3-2.

My one to watch: Manchester United’s 17 year old centre-forward Joe Hugill. The former Sunderland Academy player has scored ten goals from 16 PL2 appearances for Manchester United’s under 23 side this season. 

Spurs under 23’s 0-1 Derby County: (match report)

Our inform under 23 side took on Derby County at the Loughborough University Stadium on Monday night, in what was Spurs’ latest Premier League 2 game. However, Spurs’ seven game unbeaten run in the league came to an end as Wayne Burnett’s side lost 1-0 to Derby, and they had to play the majority of the game with ten men after Marqes Muir was shown a straight red card during the first half on his first competitive start for Spurs’ under 23’s. Lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Josh Oluwayemi in goal, a back four consisting of George Marsh, Marqes Muir, Tobi Omole and Dennis Cirkin lined up in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Nile John teamed up in central midfield while J’Neil Bennett and Dilan Markanday started out on the flanks either side of CAM Alfie Devine, while Kion Etete started up front for Spurs. Derby got the game underway on Monday night as both sides started the game cautiously, but the first chance of the game came the way of the home side. Festy Ebosele’s long throw in from the right was headed away by Cirkin but the ball fell nicely for Josh Shonibare inside the Spurs box and his volleyed effort flew not too far away from Oluwayemi’s goal. A couple of minutes later there was a penalty shout for Derby after Josh Shonibare wanted a foul given from a tackle on him from Muir, but the referee gave nothing. Kion Etete wasn’t too far away from connecting with Alfie Devine’s cross inside the Derby box before a promising spell of possession for the visitors came to an abrupt end after a Derby breakaway ended in Muir (he was the last man) fouling Shonibare on the edge of the Spurs box and being shown a straight red card by the referee (as a result of this Spurs shifted to a back three).

Jordan Brown’s resulting free-kick was parried by Oluwayemi however, only as far as Cameron Cresswell who lashed home from close range to give Derby the lead, 0-1. After Nile John dispossessed Connor Dixon the the Spurs midfielder travelled forward with the ball before curling an effort narrowly wide of the Derby goal from the edge of their penalty area before then being shown a yellow card not too long afterwards. After latching on to Connor Dixon’s pass Tyree Wilson brought the ball into the Spurs box before trying to beat Oluwayemi with an effort on goal, but the Spurs goalkeeper made a strong save before then doing well to stop Wilson from scoring on the follow up. J’Neil Bennett was shown a yellow card before a Dilan Markanday free-kick was cleared away by a Derby defender with Nile John’s resulting effort from the edge of the penalty area being deflected narrowly wide by Liam Thompson, in what was the final action of the first half. Spurs made a substitution for the start of the second half as J’Neil Bennett was replaced by under 18’s midfielder Michael Craig who was making his competitive under 23 debut for Spurs. Archie Brown shot wide from the edge of the Spurs box before George Marsh did well to prevent Cameron Cresswell from getting onto Tyree Wilson’s low cross in the Spurs box. After receiving the ball down the right hand side of the Spurs box Jayden Mitchell-Lawson had a powerful effort saved well by Oluwayemi before Elliot Thorpe came on to replace Kion Etete up front after the striker had picked up an injury late on in the first half. A good lofted ball into Bowden inside the Derby box from Devine was poked on target by the Spurs midfielder, forcing a corner kick for Spurs after a save from Derby goalkeeper George Sykes-Kenworthy. 

Dennis Cirkin cleared away Tyree Wilson’s dangerous cross into the Spurs box before Connor Dixon had a volleyed effort on goal saved by Josh Oluwayemi. Mitchell-Lawson whipped the ball across the face of the Spurs goal from the right before Oluwayemi then gathered a cross from the same player shortly afterwards. A long ball forward managed to find Alfie Devine who sprinted with Jordan Brown to get into the Derby penalty area. Devine managed to carry the ball into the box before having a powerful effort on goal saved by Sykes-Kenworthy, with the ball bouncing back off Devine and off of Sykes-Kenworthy before going behind for a Spurs corner as Spurs continued to work really hard. Marcel Lavinier came on to replace captain Jamie Bowden (the captains armband was given to George Marsh) before an effort/pass from Cameron Cresswell from the edge of the Spurs box was gathered by Oluwayemi. A free-kick from Jayden Mitchell-Lawson found Archie Brown inside the Spurs box and he forced a good save out of Oluwayemi before Eiran Cashin’s resulting effort went over the crossbar. At the other end of the pitch Elliot Thorpe had a low effort from the edge of the Derby box deflected behind by Jordan Brown before Cashin cleared away Dilan Markanday’s corner kick. Dennis Cirkin was shown a late yellow card for stopping a Derby county attack in what was the final piece of action from the game. Spurs’ next PL2 game is on Friday afternoon when Wayne Burnett’s side host Manchester United at Hotspur Way.

Player reviews: 

  • Josh Oluwayemi: Making a number of good reaction saves to keep Spurs in the game as long as possible, goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi had a fine game for Spurs.
  • George Marsh: Starting at right back Marsh would soon have to slot into a back three, but he adapted well and made an important defensive intervention during the second half.
  • Marqes Muir: The second year scholar and RCB was shown a straight red card in the 20th minute of the game.
  • Tobi Omole: A player who I thought had a solid game, 21 year old centre-half Tobi Omole performed well when Spurs went down to ten men, and he always looked composed in defence.
  • Dennis Cirkin: Because of the red card early on in the game Cirkin didn’t have that license to get forward as much as I’m sure that he would have liked to, but he held his own in defence.
  • Jamie Bowden: The Spurs captain was tenacious, energetic and showed good skill in central midfield for Spurs on Monday night.
  • Nile John: The second year scholar got forward well from central positions and I was impressed with the way that he played.
  • J’Neil Bennett: The winger had to help out George Marsh defensively a lot down the right flank following Marqes Muir’s sending off.
  • Alfie Devine: My man of the match, see below.
  • Dilan Markanday: The winger did some great defensive work for Spurs down the left flank.
  • Kion Etete: The 19 year old centre-forward worked very hard in the final third and pressed the Derby defenders well before having to come off through injury. 
  • Michael Craig: The second year scholar came on and played in central-midfield for the second half.
  • Elliot Thorpe: Playing in the unfamiliar position of centre-forward Thorpe pressed really well and moved well off the ball.
  • Marcel Lavinier: The former Chelsea Academy played in defence after coming on in the 73rd minute of the game.

My man of the match: Alfie Devine (16) may not have got on the ball as much as he would have liked to during the game, but the first year scholar showed a tremendous desire to press the Derby players and try and influence the game. Devine also had some nice touches and showed good skill with the ball as well as showing good movement off the ball, but it was that great desire to chase down the ball and work for the team which impressed me the most. He is always a pleasure to watch.

Derby County: Sykes-Kenworthy, Ebosele, Archie Brown, Thompson, Jordan Brown (c), Cashin, Mitchell-Lawson, Dixon, Cresswell, Shonibare (Williams 65), Wilson (Bateman 90+1). Substitutes (not used): Foster, Aghatise, Cybulski.

Spurs: Oluwayemi, Marsh, Cirkin, Bowden (c) (Lavinier 72), Muir, Omole, Bennett (Michael Craig 46), John, Etete (Thorpe 51), Devine, Markanday. Substitutes (not used): Lo Tutala, Pedder.

Spurs under 23’s versus Derby County: (match preview)

Spurs’ under 23 side are currently on a seven game unbeaten run in the Premier League 2, and Wayne Burnett’s side are still in with a chance of winning Division One. Spurs’ opponents on Monday (the game starts at 19:00pm) are Derby County who are currently two points behind Spurs in sixth place in the league. The game which takes place at the Loughborough University Stadium will be a very competitive one between two very good teams. Spurs lost 2-1 at home to Derby in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season despite going ahead early on in the game thanks to a goal from Alfie Devine. Spurs have the third best away form in the league this season after having picked up 17 points from nine games, whereas Derby have picked up 16 points from nine home games. Having seen a lot of the current Derby under 23 side play I have been impressed with defenders Harrison Solomon and Kornell McDonald, as well as creative midfielder Louie Sibley who in fact came off the bench to play for Derby’s first team at the weekend. Derby are a good footballing side and the Spurs defence will have to be alert during tomorrow’s match. I would like to wish the team all the very best of luck for the game.

My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Oluwayemi, Lavinier, Marsh, Omole, Cirkin, Bowden (c), Thorpe, Bennett, Devine, Markanday, Etete.

Subs from: Kurylowicz, Muir, Pedder, Mukendi, Scarlett.

Injured/unavailable: Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (suspended).

Doubtful: N/A.

Previous meeting: Spurs 1-2.

My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.

My one to watch: Derby forward Cameron Cresswell (21), who has scored four goals from 13 PL2 appearances this season.