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Spurs U-18s v Watford U-18s, 23.10.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier Academy League
     Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
    Friday 23th October 2009, 11.00am

       SPURS       v       WATFORD
    (White/Blue)        (Yellow/Black)
       4-4-2                4-4-2

        3(3)                 2(0)

      Jamie Butler 1 Jamie Irving
           Sam Cox 2 Andy Yiadom
       Tom Carroll 3 Theo Angus
    Jake Nicholson 4 Kurtney Brooks
      Nathan Byrne 5 Adam Fenwick
     Calum Butcher 6 Eddie Ishodi
   Ryan Fredericks 7 Gavin Massey
  Paul-Jose MíPoku 8 Piero Mingoia
     Harry Kane(C) 9 Fabrice Otshudi
     Dean Parrett 10 Matt Witchelow
    Waller-Lassen 11 Glen Greenhaigh

    Mirko Ranieri 12 Adam Thompson
    Francis-Angol 13 
    Kudos Oyenuga 14 Faisal Hemati
       Adam Smith 15 Jake Rosier
     John Bostock 16 

    A.Inglethorpe     M. Warburton

    Fredericks 12     Witchelow 63 pen
      Kane 21, 41     Fenwick 71

       Butler 71
(Ungentlemanly conduct) 

Referee:- C. O'Donnell
It was a sunny morning with plenty of people about. We had Ferdinand, Sherwood and young Redknapp watching the first half with Allen and Harry joining for the second. Sir Les was told off for wearing a white top during the first half as he was in the linesman's eyeline. This was a re-arranged fixture as illness prevented the game being played earlier in the season.

Spurs lined up with Butcher joining Byrne at the back because of the injury to Durojaiye last week. Thankfully the lad was not kept in hospital after his bad clash of heads. Cox started at right back and Carroll retained his place on the left. Parrett came into central midfield to join Nicholson with Fredericks on the right wing and Waller-Lassen on the left. Kane was pushed up front with M'Poku in support.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South end and looked to put pressure on the visitors early. The passing was not as sharp as it could but it was enough to get on top of the "Hornets" defence. The visitors began to give away free kicks around the area and it was from one of those that Spurs took the lead. Waller-Lassen had got past Yiadom who tripped him to concede the kick near the goal line on the left. Parrett took the kick and flighted it to the far post where Kane headed back into the middle for Fredericks to head home.

Fenwick fired wide following a free kick at the other end before another free kick saw the home side increase their lead. The foul happened in the left channel area about 20 yards out. Kane stepped up to curl the ball in at the near post.

A long diagonal ball found Carroll free on the left and he crossed for Waller-Lassen to convert only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. A long ball out of defence found Fredericks clear down the centre but he was also ruled offside. Angus saw his effort saved at the foot of the post before Kane curled a free kick into the side netting from the right channel. Byrne then carried the ball out of defence before hitting it over the bar. Good work on the right by Fredericks resulted in a low cross that Waller-Lassen just failed to reach before Spurs got a third. It came from another free kick on the right. Parrett ran over the ball leaving Kane to hit it low around the wall. The keeper got a hand to it but could not stop it hitting the back of the net. Spurs almost made it four a minute later when Kane played in Waller-Lassen on the left who struck the underside of the crossbar with his effort.

Fenwick found himself at the near post and hit a shot on the turn which Butler reacted quickly to to get a hand to it to guide it wide of the far post.

Inglethorpe introduced Smith at the start of the second half at right back with Cox moving inside to replace Butcher as they continued to knock the ball about. M'Poku drew a save from Irvine and Kane was close after Fredericks' cross cannoned of a couple of Watford defenders a yard from the goal. Fredericks was then tripped as he ran through the middle with the ball running on to Kane who put it into the net only for the referee not to play the advantage and award a free kick. M'Poku took the kick and blasted it through the wall only to see it hit Parrett crossing behind.

Watford began to get stuck in and Cox cleared an effort by Mingoia off the line. Cox then turned villain by tripping Witchelow in the box to concede a penalty. Witchelow took the kick himself and scored low down the middle. Parrett was replaced by Bostock in the middle as the visitors took heart and put pressure on the home side. They got a second goal when Fenwick drove home a loose ball and went in search of an equaliser. Butler was booked for grabbing the ball after they scored and not letting the game restart quickly.

Oyenuga replaced Waller-Lassen and moved up front to put pressure on their back four. Yiadom fired wide before Spurs began to steady the ship. Bostock had an effort saved with Fenwick going wide. M'Poku got free on the left and crossed for Fredericks to hit over the bar while under pressure from only about six yards. Spurs kept the pressure on until the final whistle thanks to good work by Fredericks on the right.

The quick one-touch passing game of Spurs was not very crisp today which may have been due to the changes to the team but as the visitors were poor in the first half it was not costly. Watford were much improved in the second with the sub Thompson a lot stronger in the challenge and the penalty to boost their spirits. Spurs wobbled after their second but came back at the end. The victory moves Spurs up to second in the group, seven points behind leaders Leicester with a trip to Reading next Saturday.


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