Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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FA Premier Reserve League, South
Griffin Park, Brentford.
Monday 17th September 2007, 7pm
CHELSEA V SPURS
(All Blue) (All Yellow)
Stuart Seale 1 Ben Alnwick
Anthony Grant 2 Phil Ifil (C)
Carl Magnay 3 Cian Hughton
Sam Hutchinson(C)4 Kieran McKenna
van Aanholt 5 Leigh Mills
Liam Bridcutt 6 Troy
Miroslav Stoch 7 Andy Barcham
Michael Woods 8 Kevin-Prince
Shaun Cummings 9 Tomas Pekhart
Lee Sawyer 10 Simon Dawkins
Scott Sinclair 11 Jacques Maghoma
Fabio Ferreira 12 Tommy Forecast
13 Chris Riley
Morten Nielsen 14 Jake Livermore
Rodriguez 15 Andros Townsend
Ofori-Twamasi 16 Jamie Davis
Jacob Mellis 17
Sinclair 16 Barcham 8
Booked:- Maghoma 17(Late)
It was a little chilly this evening, with the floodlights
on at the beginning to remind us that it was moving
into real football time. The new venue for Chelsea looks
a lot better than the last one as well as being closer for
those living north of London
Spurs lined up with Archibald-Henville at the back with
Mills. Alongside them Ifil played on the right and Hughton
on the left. For some unknown reason the team-sheet and the
announcer called him Chris Ė harking back to the good old
days I suppose. McKenna and Boateng were in central
midfield with Barcham on the right and Maghoma on the left
with Dawkins dropping into the hole behind Pekhart up front.
Spurs kicked off attacking the home end and Boateng was
soon in his stride committing the first foul of the game.
With McKenna and Boateng taking control of the middle the
visitors pushed the home side back and Maghoma had the first
shot which went wide.
Boateng released Ifil to go down the flank and put over a
good cross, with was met by Barcham at the far post to head
home. The lead only lasted four minutes as Stoch put Cummings
free in the right corner to cross for the unmarked Sinclair
to head in at the far post.
With the ball being played through the midfield the extra
players meant that Spurs always looked the better side and
created numerous chances with Seale saving from Barcham and
Boateng and Dawkins having efforts blocked. Barcham had a shot
cleared off the line from an Ifil free kick. Cumming
intercepted a poor Mills back pass only to hit the post in a
rare Chelsea attack before Seale was saving from Dawkins and
Pekhart had a shot blocked. Stoch, who was their best player
fired over when in space before Boateng hit one wide and Mills
forced a save following an uncleared corner. Boateng was
putting in a good all-round performance setting up attacks
and helping in defence. He was still trying the little tricks
which tended to come off tonight unlike last time out.
The second half started much as the first with Spurs
dominating the game with Maghoma putting his effort wide
after only two minutes and this was followed by McKenna and
Boateng hitting over before Seale had to tip over a header
Alnwick wasnít called into action until the 77th minute when
he had to make a save from Sinclair. Rodgers made the rest
of his changes bringing on Nielsen in attack and changing to
4-4-2 which gave them more threat up front. Spurs still pressed
and Barcham had another effort saved and Pekhart was blocked
twice by Bridcutt in another attempt. With four minutes left
Boateng nearly won it when his header hit the crossbar from
Ifilís free kick. Chelsea almost snatched it at the death
when Stoch was left free at the far post, but he fired wide.
This was definitely two points lost as Spurs were so much on
top with plenty of chances, that meant a draw flattered Chelsea.
Some poor finishing and last ditch defending kept them in it.
Pekhart was so unlucky with his header that was destined for
the top left corner until Seale got his fingers to it. Boateng
and McKenna controlled the midfield with Maghoma, Barcham and
Dawkins in support had too much skill for the home side which
had a few young players in its ranks.
On this form Boateng should be knocking on the first team door
very soon. He will find that he cannot put a foot on the ball
as he did in this game and get away with it so often, and so
long as he does not rise to the bait and retaliate, which he
has a tendency to do, then he could challenge Huddlestone or
Jenas for a place. Our next Reserve game is at home (at Leyton
Orient's ground) to Arsenal on the 2nd October.
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