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Spurs v PSV, 19.10.11
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

             NextGen Series  Group 4
               Spurs Lodge, Chigwell 
        Wednesday 19th October 2011, 2pm k.o.

          SPURS         v     PSV EINDHOVEN
       (All White)             (All Blue)
          4-4-2                  4-4-2

           4(2)                   1(1) 

        Jonathan Miles  1 Jesse Berktrams
         Jack Barthram  2 Joshua Brenet
            Daniel Day  3 Menno Koch(C)
      Massimo Luongo(C) 4 Jarrit Hendrix
       Milos Veljkovic  5 Burak Kardes
         Kevin Stewart  6 Thomas Honsten
        Alex Pritchard  7 Elvis Van Overbeek
         Laste Dombaxe  8 Tufan Ozbozkurt
   Souleyman Coulibaly  9 Anthony Van Hurk
     Cristian Ceballos 10 Peter Van Ooyen
       Tomislav Gomelt 11 Gainluca Maria

        Kudus Oyenuga  12 Mohamed Rayli
           (11)52Mins.    (7)56Mins.
       Billy Grainger  13 Eric Verstappen
    Cameron Lancaster  14 Alexander Jacobsen 
            Lee Angol  15 Mohama Mahmoed
            (8)71Mins.    (5)65Mins.
           Jack Munns  16 Jordy De Wijs

     Ceballos 19          Van Ooyen 41
     Veljkovic 23
     Pritchard 52 pen
     Oyenuga 53 


          T. Sherwood     J. Goes

Referee:- D. Ford
Assistants:- M. Wilson, C. Hatzidakis
Fourth Official:- T. Ramsey
It was a sunny but chilly afternoon at Spurs Lodge for Spurs' fourth game in this competition. Spurs started the game unbeaten, and were playing the return fixture against PSV who they defeated 2-1 away in their last match. There was a good sized crowd which seemed to be mainly scouts. With the mass of cars to park it is highly unlikely the last home game will be played at the Lodge. Harry and Co. with some of the Europa League squad and Academy lads were also in attendance.

Spurs lined up with Miles in goal behind Veljkovic and Stewart with Barthram at right back and Day on the left. Dombaxe and Luongo started in the centre of midfield with the returning Gomelt on the right flank and Pritchard on the left. Ceballos supported Coulibaly up front.

Spurs kicked off the match attacking the South end and quickly put the visitors under pressure. Coulibaly closed down Berktrams forcing him to give the ball away to Gomelt who drove wide having already had a shot blocked before. Prichard played in Ceballos to fire over before Coulibaly shot wide from a Gomelt pass. A free kick by Ooyen was easily saved by Miles before Gomelt drove over.

Eindhoven could not match the quick passing game of our midfield which continually drove through the Dutch midfield all across the pitch. When the Dutch lost the ball in the middle of the pitch a quick through ball by Gomelt found Ceballos racing into the area. The young Spaniard beat his marker and rounded the keeper before slotting home.

Cristian Ceballos dances around PSV's Tufan Ozbozkurt, before scoring Spurs' opening goal

Cristian Ceballos dances around PSV's Tufan Ozbozkurt, before scoring Spurs' opening goal

It didn't take long for the home side to increase their lead. Following a good run down the left by Day to win a corner. Pritchard took the kick and dropped it past the far post onto the head of Veljkovic, who guided the ball back across goal. The centre-back did not have to jump to meet the ball.

Laste Dombaxe and scorer Milos Veljkovic celebrate Spurs' second goal

Laste Dombaxe and scorer Milos Veljkovic celebrate Spurs' second goal

A diagonal ball from Pritchard saw Coulibaly fire over. A great chance to increase the lead came when Pritchard played a through ball to Coulibaly who had Ceballos to his right and only one defender between them. Instead of advancing, the young Ivorian hit his shot early and saw it fly wide. Coulibaly was not having much luck as he headed a cross from Luongo wide just afterwards.

Ooyens was shown a yellow card by the ref for a late tackle on Ceballos. Honsten fired wide from long range before a through ball found Ooyens running through the middle with only the keeper to beat. Miles came racing out but was beaten to the ball by the Dutchman and the visitors had a goal back against the run of play. Berktrams saved from Luongo and Ceballos drove over the bar just before the half ended.

There were no changes for the second half and Spurs continued where they left off with Berktrams saving Pritchard's free kick. Kardes fired wide before Luongo sent Coulibaly away down the left channel only to be brought down in the area as he looked to have gone past the defender. Coulibaly wanted to take the kick himself but Pritchard kept the ball and beat the keeper from the spot high to his left.

Sherwood felt the points were safe and started to make changes. Oyenuga was the first to come on replacing Gomelt on the left. When the visitors failed to clear the ball it ran to Kudos on the edge of the area. His first touch of the ball was to control it and his second was to drill it across the keeper for Spurs' fourth goal.

Pritchard drove the ball wide before Ceballos released Barthram down the right to cross for Luongo in the centre. Berktrams did well to save the Australian's effort. Honsten drew a save from Miles winning a corner. From the corner the ball was headed in at the near post but the referee disallowed it for a foul on the keeper. Day went on a run from his own half deep into the visitors' territory before hitting a rising drive that was turned onto the bar. From the resulting corner Oyenuga pulled the ball wide of the post.

Ceballos was replaced by Lancaster who took up position on the right side with Oyenuga moving up and Pritchard returning to the left side. Shortly after that, Sherwood took off Dombaxe replacing him with Angol. Spurs began to sit back more and allowed Eindhoven to come onto them. Mahmoed fired over and Rayli drove wide as the Dutch began to find room in the Spurs half. Spurs looked to catch them on the break and when they got down the right Coulibaly received the ball in the D, he moved the ball to the left and quickly turned to strike a fierce volley that Berktrams did well to push away for a corner. Van Der Hurk fired wide and Koch, having been pushed forward, put his effort over. Berktrams saved from Angol before Wijs drove wide from a corner. Mahmoed had an effort fly wide and Van Der Hurk fired over with Miles saving from Rayli as the game drew to a close.

PSV had no answer to the quick passing play of our midfield with all of them prepared to go forward and move across the width of the pitch they tied the visitors up in knots. Add to that the movement of Ceballos and PSV were chasing shadows for most of the game. It was only late in the game, when Spurs tried to slow the game down, that the visitors were able to pressurise players on the ball and create opening for themselves. Coulibaly tried hard to get on the score sheet but it was not to be his day.

The win gives Spurs a four point lead over Inter Milan who we play next. That match is due to be played on the 2nd November at the Stadio Citta Di Meda, to the north of Milan. That match kicks off at 4pm local time. All being well I should be reporting on the game.

        P   W  D  L  F-A   GD  Pts.
SPURS   4   3  1  0 15-5   10   10
Milan   3   2  0  1  5-9   -4    6
Basel   3   1  1  1  3-3    0    4
PSV     4   0  0  4  4-10  -6    0


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