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Leicester v Spurs (EPL2), 24.10.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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         Premier League 2, Division 1, 2016-17
             King Power Stadium, Leicester
             Monday 24th October 2016, 7pm.

               LEICESTER   v     SPURS
               (All Blue)     (All Yellow)
                 4-4-2          4-1-4-1

                  2(0)            0(0)

           Daniel Iversen  1  Brandon Austin
          Darnell Johnson  2  Joseph Muscatt
              Connor Wood  3  Zenon Stylianides
              Matty Miles  4  George Marsh
            Elliott Moore  5  Charlie Owens
      Yohan Benalouane(C)  6  Christian Maghoma
         Bartosz Kapustka  7  Shilow Tracey
            Harvey Barnes  8  Joe Pritchard
           Kairo Mitchell  9  Ryan Loft
             Demarai Gray 10  Cy Goddard
          Jeffrey Schlupp 11  Anthony Georgiou(C)

             Alex Pascanu 12  Japhet Tanganga
                (3)60Mins     (4)75Mins
              Max Bramley 13  Charlie Freeman
               Danny Rowe 14  Jaden Brown
                              (8)83Mins
            Layton Ndukwu 15  Reo Griffiths
                (4)56Mins     (11)45+1Mins
           Admiral Muskwe 16 
                (9)69Mins

Scorers:-
               Gray 73
               Moore 79

Booked:-
        Johnson 24(Foul)
        Benalouane 69(KBA)

Coaches:-
                 B. Petty     U. Ehiogu

Referee: J. Adcock
Assistants:- P. Evans & J. Block
Fourth Official: R. Dadley

Spurs travelled to Leicester on a cool evening looking to end their losing run against the "Foxes" who have not won in four but have three draws. Spurs won here last season in the U-21 game 3-0 so hopes were high.

Spurs lined up with Austin making his debut in goal behind Owens and Maghoma with Muscatt on the right and Stylianides on the left. Marsh anchored the midfield with Pritchard and Goddard ahead of him flanked by Tracey on the right and Georgiou on the left in support of the returning Loft. With the League Cup game at Liverpool tomorrow there was a short bench of academy players.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the South end with the home side playing one up front. Spurs took the game to the home side pushing players forward and Muscatt had the first chance with an effort from the edge of the area blocked. Tracey crossed from the right to Georgiou, who came in from the left and fired wide. With Marsh also in the home half he was fouled by Johnson who got booked. Georgiou was caught late and while he was having treatment the Leicester coach changed their formation to 4-4-2 to beef up the defence.

A long ball saw Schlupp get behind the Spurs defence to draw a save from Austin. Gray had an effort fly wide as Spurs kept the pressure on and Loft had a chance that was blocked for a corner. Georgiou took the corner which was cleared before he went down and had to come off being replaced by Griffiths in added time.

Leicester began the second half in more determined mood but Spurs had the early chances with Tracey firing over twice before Leicester made a change to keep him quiet. Tracey still got down the right to put in a cross that Loft could not reach. Spurs had a free kick which was punched out by Iversen but straight to Marsh who drove the ball just wide of the left upright.

Leicester began to get forward with Pascanu getting down the left and crossing for Johnson on the right to draw a save from Austin. A ball over the top gave Gray a chance which he fired over. Austin saved a drive by Barnes which Mitchell put into the net but he was flagged offside anyway. Benalouane was booked for kicking the ball away after conceding a free kick in the Spurs half.

Spurs were being forced back more conceding ground to the "Foxes". Gray got clear to fire in a shot which Austin pushed away for a corner. Muscatt blocked a drive by Ndukwu with the follow up being fired over. Austin saved from Kapustka coming in from the left before Leicester scored. Gray got in down the left running onto a through ball scoring low inside the far post.

Spurs made their second change taking off Marsh for Tanganga who went into the back four with Owens moving into midfield. Leicester got a second to secure the points. It came from a left sided corner, after which Moore was able to make a run towards the far post and head in. It was a poor goal to concede.

Spurs made their last change taking off Pritchard for Brown who went up front with Loft. Spurs switched to three at the back with Stylianides moving into midfield. Spurs pushed for a goal but the closest they came was when Muscatt fired in a shot from the left which Iversen saved.

Spurs' losing run (5 consecutive games)continues as they drop another place due to Leicester's win. The East Midlanders have the same number of points but a better goal difference. Spurs now face Manchester United on Friday afternoon at Hotspur Way. United beat Arsenal 1-0 this evening and are sixth in the table.

Ray

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