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Spurs U-18s v West Ham U-18s, 05.09.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier Academy League
     Spurs Lodge, Chigwell, Essex
  Saturday 5th September 2009, 11.00am

        SPURS     v    WEST HAM
    (White/Blue)     (Claret/White)
        4-4-2            4-4-2

         5(3)             2(0)

     Jamie Butler 1 Peter Loveday
       Adam Smith 2 Miles Smith
    Francis-Angol 3 Jordan Brown
   Jake Nicholson 4 Jack Lampe
    Calum Butcher 5 Callam Driver
     Nathan Byrne 6 Sergio Sanchez(C)
  Ryan Fredericks 7 Nick Barrett
 Paul-Jose M’Poku 8 Eion Wearen
    Kudus Oyenuga 9 Ahmed Abdulla
   Harry Kane(C) 10 Robert Hall 
    Paul McBride 11 Christian Montano

   Mirko Ranieri 12 Daniel Subuola
   Chace O'Neill 13 Sam Cowler
 Anton Blackwood 14 Paco Craig
Olumide Durojaiye15 
Cameron Lancaster16 George Moncur
       (7)57Mins.   (7)57Mins.
                 17 Philip Modelski


   A.Inglethorpe    T. Carr


   M'Poku 8,14,49   Hall 76
   Oyenuga 36,86    Sanchez 78

  Oyenuga 86        Wearen 50(Foul)
(Removed shirt)
                    Moncur 62(Foul)
                    Abdulla 64(Late)

                    Carr(Coach) 19
                    (Sent from dugout)

Referee:- A. Crysell
It was a sunny morning with a cool breeze for our second home game where our London neighbours were the visitors. As usual there was a good sized crowd and I spotted Pat Jennings on the far side of the pitch as well.

Partly due to players on international duty Inglethorpe made a number of changes for this match having lost the opening two games. Butler returned in goal and Butcher and Byrne formed the new central defensive partnership with the returning Smith at right back and Francis-Angol continuing on the left. Nicholson joined M'Poku in the centre of midfield with Fredericks on the right and McBride on the left. Kane played behind Oyenuga in a Keane style role.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South end and it took a few minutes for play to settle down before the first chance was created. That fell to M'Poku who fired wide. Spurs developed a passing game with both wingers allowed to carry the ball and M'Poku getting into attacking positions. This led to the opening goal when Fredericks had a run down the right before getting to the line and driving the ball into the near post. The ball was blocked and M'Poku followed up to drive the rebound into the far corner of the net from about 15yards.

The visitors responded with a shot from Hall that Butler saved. Spurs increased their lead when Loveday saved from Fredericks only for the ball to come out to M'Poku again. This time the Congolese player lifted the ball over the keeper, who got a hand to it, but failed to keep it out. The ref looked to keep the game flowing but when he called play back and talked to the Spurs player who had been late in a tackle the Hammers' coach was not too polite to him. The ref had a word before sending him “to the stands” which meant that he moved a few yards from the dugout so as to keep in touch with his assistant and team.

Spurs were now on top with some good approach play as passes found their targets more despite some physical tackling from the visitors. McBride went wide at the far post from Kane's free kick while Barrett was wide from a corner at the other end. Kane made room for a shot that Loveday turned around the post. Oyenuga was rewarded for his hard work when put through to beat the keeper with a low finish. McBride had a run down the left before cutting inside to shoot just wide.

With a good lead Inglethorpe started the second half with Durojaiye in place of Butcher at the back. Spurs continued where they left off with another goal inside five minutes of the restart. Kane played the ball forward to M'Poku who threw a couple of dummies to create space to curl the ball around the keeper into the right side of the net.

Wearen was booked for a late tackle from behind on Kane as he played the ball that led to the goal. This spurred the visitors coach to make changes and push forward more. Fredericks saw his drive curl wide of the near post before he was replaced by Lancaster. Moncur was booked for going through Kane having been on the pitch for only ten minutes. Lancaster saw his effort saved after weaving in from the right. Oyenuga got free on the right but was tripped by Abdulla as he was about to get into the area along the goal line. That earned the Hammer a yellow card and he came close to getting another later on as his aggression got the better of him.

Oyenuga was now playing on his own up front looking to beat the off-side flag chasing balls for him. He did not succeed often but when he did chances came as when Loveday saved well in the 65th minute. M'Poku had played a starring role in midfield but had to come off after he had a knock from a late tackle and was replaced by O'Neill. With the change I think that they decided to see out the game when the Hammers came to life. Moncur drove an effort wide and when Smith was beaten on the right Hall got behind to turn the ball across Butler into the far corner. Hall then had another effort saved by Butler for a corner from which Sanchez headed home.

Spurs looked rocky as the visitors pushed for more. Subuola went wide and Butler tipped over a free kick from Hall. Wearen was wide from the resultant corner. Spurs responded with attacks prompted by Kane and it was when Kane got into the area that Spurs had a chance to open the gap again. The ball was played into him from Smith and he was pulled back as he turned by Sanchez to win a penalty. It was a bit soft but Kane stepped up to take it and hit it too straight allowing the keeper to save with a defender clearing before Byrne could follow up. Spurs did get a fifth when Kane knocked the ball over the top for Oyenuga, who went round the keeper before slotting into an empty net. I don't know if it was because there was no off-side flag but he was so happy he took off his shirt and was promptly booked. Abdulla had another effort saved and O'Neill fired over before the ref blew for time.

This was a good result for Spurs after the first two games and they looked better. West Ham were poor so you cannot read too much into it, but with the changes they looked better at the back. The wide players were good going forward and Oyenuga does a good job hassling the back four inducing mistakes. Hopefully M'Poku was not hurt badly as he was the best player out there. Kane did a go job linking the play in the middle and dropping deep to help the defence.

Next week they go to Southampton looking to build on this result. They kick off at noon which should be early enough to get back for the late kick off at WHL.


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