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Wigan v Spurs - FA Youth Cup - 09.12.09
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        FA Youth Cup 3rd Round
          DW Stadium, Wigan
        9th December 2009, 7pm

        WIGAN      v     SPURS
    (Orange/Black)    (White/Blue)
        4-4-2            4-5-1

         0(0)             1(1)

     Lee Nicholls  1 Jamie Butler
 Stephen Chiocchi  2 Jesse Waller-Lassen
      David Mayer  3 Tom Carroll
   Joshua Langley  4 Jake Nicholson
   Roman GoLobart  5 Nathan Byrne
    Adam Buxton(C) 6 Steven Caulker
   Jonathan Crane  7 Ryan Fredericks
  Jonathan Breeze  8 Dean Parrett
    Michael Jukes  9 Harry Kane(C)
    Callum Morris 10 John Bostock
 Stephen Boothman 11 Paul-Jose M'Poku

      Thomas Amos 12 Jonathan Miles
      (11)64Mins. 
  Callum Williams 13 Paul McBride
      Jordan Rugg 14 Kudus Oyenuga
      (10)73Mins.    (11)35Mins.
       Sean Myler 15 Cameron Lancaster
    Abian Serrano 16 Zaine Francis-Angol
       (8)46Mins. 

Scorer:-
                     Kane 9

Booked:-
   Buxton 32(Late)   Fredericks 37(Late)
 Golobart 80(Late)   Waller-Lassen 53(Late)
                     Bostock 79(Trip)

Coach:-
         D. Watson   A. Inglethorpe

Ref:- D. Meeson
Asst. Refs:- M. Barlow, K. Lawton
Fourth Official:- P. Mahon

Attendance:- About 250

It was a dry chilly evening, even so, the pitch looked heavy from rain. There was quite a good crowd considering that Wigan charged 5 entrance for the match. It may have been because season ticket holders got in free.

Spurs lined up with Caulker and Byrne at the back with Waller-Lassen at right back and Carroll on the left. Nicholson and Parrett started in the centre of midfield with Bostock in front of them. Fredericks was on the right flank and M'Poku on the left. Kane started up front on his own. Bostock and Caulker had been called back from their loans for this game.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half although there was little defending to do as it soon became apparent that the home side were no match for Spurs. Spurs played more of a possession game than usual, passing the ball around at a more leisurely pace. This tactic kept the home side busy chasing shadows with only their captain Buxton getting challenges in that our players will have souvenirs from.

Spurs scored early when Bostock exchanged passes with M'Poku and crossed low for Kane to divert into the net at full stretch. Byrne headed wide from a corner before Parrett failed to reach Fredericks driven cross. Nicholson fired in a 30 yard effort that the keeper saved but could not hold. The early goal allowed Spurs to relax and set the style of the game with maintaining possession and saving energy and trying to draw out the home side.

The "Latics" held firm closing down the front players quickly tackling hard with Buxton the first to get booked for a late tackle on Parrett. M'Poku had an effort go wide before Fredericks, trying to weave his way past two defenders, pushed the ball too far and caught Buxton late as he stepped in to clear. He got a yellow card for that lunge which did not stop him from giving Mayer a hard time down the right all evening.

Spurs got too casual making a couple of mistakes in the middle which allowed Buxton to gather the loose ball and advance to the edge of the area drawing a save from Butler. It was the home side's first chance with less than 10 minutes to the break. M'Poku was replaced after he went down for a second time. His replacement, Oyenuga, went up front with Kane dropping back and Bostock moving to the left side. Crane got down the left channel and saw his effort defended for a corner. Morris picked up the clearance from the corner and lifted the ball over the crowd of players and the crossbar.

Wigan made one change for the second half introducing Serrano who showed some skill on the ball that was lacking from the home side. Spurs continued as they finished the first half and quickly won a free kick just outside the area which Kane took and hit high over the bar. This was followed soon after with a chance set up by Bostock getting down the left and crossing low that Oyenuga failed to reach. Waller-Lassen was booked for a challenge on Buxton when he won the ball. Fredericks put in another good low cross that evaded both Bostock and Oyenuga. Kudus then made a chance for himself but his effort was weak and did not trouble Nicholls in goal.

Kane had the next chance which was put wide. Chiocchi picked up a loose ball and tried an effort from distance that went over before they won a free kick on the edge of the centre circle. Having pushed most of their players up for the kick, Serrano hit his kick into the two man wall of Parrett and Oyenuga. Parrett took the ball to the edge of the area before playing it left to Bostock who was tackled before he could shoot. The right ball would have been to Oyenuga on his right when it was two on one.

Fredericks came inside to fire over before Watson made his third change of the evening to get something from the game. Chiocchi did head over from a corner but the home side were on their last legs having been run ragged all evening. Bostock was booked for a trip on Buxton and was followed into the ref's book by Golobart for a late challenge on Byrne. Both Buxton and Mayer went down with cramp and Mayer could not continue after a second stoppage. As time ran out Golobart had to leave the field also which left Wigan with only nine players at the end.

In all honesty it was too easy for Spurs who played within themselves for much of the game and still wore out their opponents. They must have been instructed to conserve energy in case it went to extra time. It will mean that they will be fresher for Saturday's game at Birmingham. Having recalled Bostock and Caulker it showed that Inglethorpe had taken the game seriously and he must have been surprised at how easily it went. The main danger was their own complacency. I feel that if they had played their normal game they could have matched the first team's haul of nine goals and as Paul Smith pointed out, Wigan had the same coloured shirts. Spurs now await the draw for the next round which will be played in early January.

Ray

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