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Chelsea v Spurs, (PL2 - 13.04.18)
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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      Premier League 2, First Division 2017-18
            Stamford Bridge, Fulham
          Friday 13th April 2018, 7.05pm.

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

                1(0)             2(0)

           Marcin Bulka   1  Brandon Austin
         Dujon Sterling   2  Timothy Eyoma
        Trevoh Chalobah   3  Anthony Georgiou
           Joshua Grant   4  Oliver Skipp
          Juan Castillo   5  Christian Maghoma(C)
          Ruben Sammut(C) 6  Japhet Tanganga
           Jacob Maddox   7  Shilow Tracey
         Luke McCormick   8  Tashan Oakley-Boothe
         Daishawn Redan   9  Kazaiah Sterling
        Charlie Colkett  10  Joseph Pritchard
        Harvey St Clair  11  Keanan Bennetts

     Callum Hudson-Odoi  12  Jack Roles
              (7)53Mins
          Jamie Cumming  13  Alfie Whiteman
            Reece James  14  Dylan Duncan
              (6)53Mins      (10)81Mins
          Joseph Colley  15  Samuel Shashoua
                             (9)90+1
         Richard Nartey  16  Jaden Brown
                             (3)60Mins.

Scorers:-
               Grant 66      Bennetts 68, 72

Booked:-
 Sterling 36(Foul on 11)     Eyoma 15(Foul on 5)
 McCormick 67(Foul on 11)    Maghoma 25(Pull on 9)
 Grant 72(Foul on 11)        Maghoma 38(Foul on 9)

Sent Off:-
                             Maghoma 38(2 Yellows)

Coaches:-
            Joe Edwards      Wayne Burnett

Attendance: 2986

Referee: Adrian Quelch
Assistants: Mike Desborough & Nick Dunn
Fourth Official: Paul Johnson

Spurs travelled to to Stamford Bridge twelve days after the first team finally ended their long run without a win needing a win themselves to make sure they would not be involved with relegation which had haunted them for so long this season. Spurs came into the game on the back of a 4-2 victory over Derby while the hosts also beat Derby in their last game 3-0 thanks to a hat trick by Redan. Last season Spurs lost 3-1 at the Bridge and lost earlier this season 3-2 at Hotspur Way when Erik Lamela made his comeback appearance.

Spurs lined up with Austin in goal behind Maghoma and Tanganga with Eyoma at right back and Georgiou on the left. Skipp anchored the midfield with Oakley-Boothe and Pritchard ahead of him. They were flanked by Tracey on the right and Bennetts on the left in support of Sterling up front.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the North end watched by a large crowd in what was a poor if eventful half. Both sides were quick to attack, with Spurs passing their way forward while Chelsea were happy to sit back and counter. Neither side were getting through to trouble the keepers with the first chance falling to Chelsea when they won a free kick that Colkett hit well over.

Eyoma was first to be booked when he challenged Castillo. Maghoma was then booked as he pulled back Redan going for a long ball. Sterling fired over before his Chelsea namesake was booked for a foul on Bennetts, catching him late with his studs showing. Redan then got past Maghoma again and stepped across the defender to make contact. The ref showed the Spurs captain a second yellow followed by the red card reducing the visitors to ten players.

Skipp dropped into the back line in support of Tanganga. Tanganga was involved in a funny incident when he came out with the ball and turned to avoid two Chelsea players converging on him. The two players collided and the ref gave Chelsea a free kick! Chelsea tried to make the extra man tell but Austin only had one save to make his first of the game from St. Clair. In added time McCormick tried an overhead kick that was too high.

There were no changes for the start of the second half but Spurs were more withdrawn allowing Chelsea more possession. Spurs had the first chance of the half when Bennetts broke forward and drew a save from Bulka. McCormick had two efforts fly wide as Chelsea failed to test Austin. They were confident enough to make a double change but continued to waste chances. Redan and St. Clair were both wide before Spurs made their first change replacing Georgiou with Brown.

Tracey had a diving header at a corner that was cleared off the line before a Hudson-Odoi free kick was deflected for a corner. Chelsea finally scored when Grant headed into the far corner from a corner by Colkett. The home fans showed their relief and expected the floodgates to open but Bennetts had other ideas. He was now operating on the right and his direct run was stopped by McCormick just outside the area to take a booking for the team. Bennetts stepped up and curled the ball over the wall into the top corner for the equaliser.

In an almost carbon copy minutes later Bennetts was fouled again on the edge of the area. This time Grant was booked when it may have been McCormick who had committed the foul. The free kick was a little more central so Bennetts curled it round the wall into the far corner for his and Spurs' second.

Chelsea stepped up the pressure with Redan drawing a save from Austin but they were still being wasteful in their attacks as St. Clair fired wide of the far post. Skipp did block an effort from Redan but Austin had little to do but collect a few crosses.

Spurs replaced Pritchard with Duncan and Bennetts was again fouled out on the left by James who only got a talking to by the referee and the free kick was cleared. Spurs were seeing out the game fairly comfortably with Chelsea's last chance coming from a St. Clair cross that was hit over by Hudson-Odoi. As the game went into added time Spurs made their last change replacing Sterling with Shashoua.

This had been a even game with both defences on top. It was looking a little like an end of season game until the red card was shown to Christian Maghoma. Spurs did not panic and re-grouped staying compact and looking to break. Bennetts came into his own as he likes to run at defences. It was clear from early on that Chelsea saw him as a threat in the way they kept fouling him. Skipp began the game doing well in midfield and continued playing well filling in at centre-back but it was a good team performance overall. Spurs' last game is Manchester City at Stevenage where a win will see Spurs end the season above them in mid-table.

Ray

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