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Chelsea v Spurs (EPL2), 09.09.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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          Premier League 2, Divison 1, 2016-17
                 Stamford Bridge, Fulham.
                Friday 9th March 2014, 7pm.

                 CHELSEA     v     SPURS
                (All Blue)      (White/Blue)
                 4-2-3-1          4-2-3-1

                   3(0)             1(0)

         Bradley Collins     1     Thomas Glover
           Fikayo Tomori     2     Kyle Walker-Peters
         Trevoh Chalobah     3     Connor Ogilvie
      Jake Clarke-Slater     4     Charlie Owens
           Jay Dasilva(C)    5     Christian Maghoma
        Josimar Quintero     6     Anton Walkes
            Jacob Maddox     7     Marcus Edwards
              Kyle Scott     8     Joseph Pritchard
       Charlie Wakefield     9     Shayon Harrison(C)
             Mason Mount    10     Shilow Tracey
   Isaac Christie-Davies    11     Samuel Shashoua

                Ike Ugbo    12     Ryan Loft
               (7)46Mins           (8)66Mins
           Nathan Baxter    13     Thomas McDermott
          Dujon Sterling    14     Zenon Stylianides
                                   (3)8Mins
             Miro Muheim    15     Tashan Oakley-Boothe
              (10)74Mins           (4)66Mins
             Mukhtar Ali    16
             (8)90+1Mins

Scorers:-
        Dasilva (pen) 54            Harrison (pen) 90+5
      Christie-Davies 60
               Tomori 73

Booked:-
                                    Tracey 56

Coaches:-
               A. Vivesh            U. Ehiogu

Ref: R. Whitton
Assistants:- A. Anastasiou & J. Creswick
Fourth Official: T. Greaves

Spurs travelled to West London for their third consecutive away game, having won the last two at Reading and Derby. The hosts were unbeaten in their three matches so far which saw a win over Liverpool and a draw against Man Utd. Last season Spurs won 3-1 at Aldershot which was then an U-21 league game.

Spurs lined up with Glover in goal behind Maghoma and Walkes with Walker-Peters at right back and Ogilvie on the left.Owens anchored the midfield with Pritchard while Tracey was ahead of them flanked by Edwards on the right and Shashoua on the left in support of Harrison up front. For the first time this season the Spurs bench was light of a sub which may have affected the game.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end but found the home side pressing them back. Maddox had a shot wide and a free kick by Mount passed the near post. Spurs began to get forward but lost Ogilvie to injury when he got round the back. Stylianides replaced him at left back and was given a hard time by Maddox and Tomori. While both sides moved the ball forward quickly neither keeper was troubled until Glover had an easy shot to save at his near post from Dasilva almost half an hour into the game. Mount had another free kick that he hit wide before Glover had a real save to make pushing an effort by Christie-Davies around the far post for a corner. That summed up the first half.

Chelsea made a change for the start of the second half bringing on a striker who drew a save from Glover within two minutes of the re-start, winning a corner. Wakefield dropped deeper and he played in Tomori for a chance which Glover saved as the "Blues" began to get men forward. The deadlock was broken when Quintero got into the area and Maghoma challenged him for which the referee gave a penalty. Dasilva took the spot kick and put it out of reach of Glover inside the left post. This gave the home side the boost they needed and they pushed forward.

Tracey was booked for a foul as he tried to help his defence. Pritchard was then robbed in the middle of the park and Chelsea moved the ball quickly forward with Scott shooting from the right. Glover saved the attempt but the ball flew into the air and Christie-Davies was able to head it over the line for their second.

Ehiogu responded by making a double substitution taking off both defensive midfielders replacing them with Loft to go up front and Oakley-Boothe. Oakley Boothe was joined by Stylianides in front of the back four where Walker-Peters moved to left back and Tracey dropped to right back. Chelsea had their tails up now. Christie-Davies fired over, and Glover tipped over a shot from Ugbo. Chelsea got a third when Wakefield drifted to the right and cut back the ball for the advancing Tomori to drive in across Glover.

The closest Spurs came in the final minutes was then Harrison played Loft in to the right of goal but his effort was just wide of the far post. Glover saved from Scott and on ninety minutes saved a fierce strike from Ugbo. In the last minute of added time Dasilva pulled back Edwards as he wriggled into the area to concede a penalty. With the last kick of the game Harrison stepped up to place the ball in the left corner of the net for a consolation goal.

There was not much to separate the two sides in the first half but Chelsea gradually pulled away in the second as they were sharper and made fewer mistakes. It was still close until Scott robbed Pritchard for their second goal. Chelsea climb to second as Spurs drop three places with this result. Spurs' next game is at home to Liverpool on the 19th. This game was originally scheduled to be played at WHL but has been moved to Stevenage as it is between the Sunderland and Gillingham games at the Lane.

Ray

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