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Wolves v Spurs (PL2), 26.10.19
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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    Premier League 2, Division 1, 2019-20
Sir Jack Haywood Training Ground, Wolverhampton
      Saturday 26th October 2019, 1pm  

          WOLVES     v     SPURS
      (Yellow/Black)    (White/Blue)
          4-2-3-1         4-1-4-1

            1(0)            2(2)

Andreas Sondergaard  1  Jonathan De Bie
         Oskar Buur  2  Jubril Okedina
     Dion Sanderson  3  Brooklyn Lyons-Foster
         Ed Francis  4  Tariq Hinds
          Dan Csoka  5  Timothy Eyoma
    Callum Thompson  6  Luis Binks
       Taylor Perry  7  Maurizio Pochettino
       Elliott Watt  8  Tashan Oakley-Boothe
     Austin Samuels  9  Kion Etete
     Ming-Yang yang 10  Armando Shashoua
      Chem Campbell 11  Shilow Tracey

     Lewis Richards 12  Paris Maghoma
          (6)73Mins     (3)89Mins
                    13  Joshua Oluwayemi
      Owen Otasowie 14  Jonathan Dinzeyi
          (2)76Mins
      John Kitolano 15  Dilan Markanday
                        (7)65Mins
           Tsan Dai 16  Phoenix Patterson
                        (10)89Mins
     Boubacar Hanne 17
         (10)46Mins

Scorers:-
         Hanne 90+4     Shashoua 23, 35

Booked:-
      Perry 4(Foul)
      Watt 68(Trip)

Coach:-
       Mark Kennedy     Wayne Burnett

Referee:- Aaron Jackson
Assistants: Shaun Barry & Bradley Hall
Fourth Official: Ryan Williams 

It was a cold rainy afternoon in the Midlands for the match at the Wolves training ground which did not have the covered seating as required under the League rules. Both sides came into the game following defeats. Wolves lost 4-3 at Liverpool while Spurs lost at home to Leicester 2-0. This game was originally to be played at Telford which would have been better as the spectators had to cope with muddy conditions.

Spurs lined up with De Bie in goal behind Eyoma and Binks with Okedina at right back and Lyons-Foster on the left. Hinds anchored the midfield with Shashoua and Oakley-Boothe ahead of him. They were flanked by Pochettino on the right and Tracey on the left in support of Etete up front.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the South end and with both sides looking to press we had an open game that suited the visitors. Perry was booked early for a foul on the edge of the area. Shashoua hit the free kick over the bar. Sanderson drew a save from De Bie with a header at a corner before Spurs' pressure told. Pochettino whipped in a cross from the right that Sondergaard could only palm out to Shashoua who fired home. Pochettino had already put in a dangerous cross which was just missed by Etete at the near post.

Shashoua played in Tracey to win a corner from Sondergaard's save before the little midfielder scored his and Spurs' second. That goal came from a misplaced header back from Sanderson past his own keeper with Shashoua tapping over the line to spare the full back an own goal.

Hinds played in Tracey but his effort was wide as was his shot when meeting a cross from Pochettino. The half ended with a chance for the home side as Yang drew a save from De Bie having been played in by Csoka.

Wolves made a change for the start of the second half but with Spurs maintaining possession to control the game chances were at a premium. Etete had an early chance that was over, with Spurs having a couple more before Lyons-Foster made an end to end run playing a number of one-twos before drawing a save from Sondergaard.

With Spurs sitting back Wolves won a free kick just outside the area and Watt stepped up to hit the inside of the near post with his curling effort. Watt had another free kick soon after which he hit over the bar.

Spurs' first change saw Markanday replace Pochettino to provide more attacking threat. Watt was booked for tripping Shashoua when he got past him. Lyons-Foster was replaced by Maghoma who went into the midfield with Hinds dropping to left back. As full time approached Spurs made their last change which was Patterson to replace Shashoua. There was a delay before he came on as Etete had taken a knock and they waited to see if he could continue.

In the last minute of added time Wolves scored when Spurs failed to clear and sub Hanne scored but it was only a consolation as the final whistle came straight after the restart.

In such poor conditions Spurs played well helped by Wolves playing open football giving them space to move the ball as they passed through the home defence. This was Spurs' first win in seven games and moves them above Liverpool into eighth place with a NLD coming up next at Stevenage on the Friday 1st November. Arsenal were held by bottom club Manchester City 1-1 but we know that they take derbies seriously.

Ray

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